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  • Summary: Produced by Ewan Pearson, the fourth full-length studio release for the Swedish singer-songwriter features bossa nova, disco, and samba rhythms.
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What's That Perfume That You Wear?
What's that perfume that you wear It brings me back somewhere To the anticipation before i kissed someone It's got a sadness in it Knowing how it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    Yielding vibrant optimism where Lekman had typically sulked with a smile. Life is the perfect pick-me-up for the winter of our discontent.
  2. Feb 17, 2017
    90
    It reveals Lekman as a maturing songwriter and human being who’s able to roll with the life’s uncertainty and continue to make beautiful art about it.
  3. Feb 3, 2017
    80
    Life Will See You Now won’t disappoint the devoted. Pop pleasures are myriad.
  4. Feb 6, 2017
    80
    Luckily, the finished product is articulate and bubbling with energy and positivity--much like Lekman himself.
  5. Feb 22, 2017
    80
    The triumph of Life Will See You Now is how it suggests that the 36-year-old Lekman has never been more skilled at his craft, or had more stories to tell.
  6. Feb 14, 2017
    75
    There is a wide-eyed optimism pulsing through the heart of it which, twinned with Jens’ lovelorn, quirky poetry, is a sincere, open-hearted invitation. The least it deserves is the same uncynical embrace from the listener.
  7. Feb 13, 2017
    60
    It has the feel of a transitional record; having proved to himself that it’s possible to pair up heartfelt songs with sometimes incongruous music, perhaps Lekman will hone this concept further in his future work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 17, 2017
    10
    Swede Jens Lekman fourth album is a most welcome departure from what had been becoming an almost maudlin oeuvre for the young artist.Swede Jens Lekman fourth album is a most welcome departure from what had been becoming an almost maudlin oeuvre for the young artist. Certainly the departure of Lisa as his avowed best friend has shaken him to the core and knocked him out of a funk that had started to become pronounced in his most previous outing I Know What Love Isn't. The sound of this song cycle is most compelling: not only polished but beautiful, with Madelene Birgenius's adept piano playing a stunning addition. Some of my favorite songs include How We Met, The Long Version, an astute and concise statement of what the theory of evolution entails, preceding the stanza offering an account of how he did, in fact, meet the girl alluded to; and Postcard #17, about his general fear of what's to come, with the amazing stanza, part of which I quote here for your erudition and pleasure: If you say it's name/three time in front of the mirror/It's pale face will appear/grinning in the corner/And you turn around/and you study its particulars/You say is that what I was scared of?/F***ing ridiculous. Expand
  2. May 16, 2017
    8
    Even though lyrics may seem too conversational at times, it’s all part of his genuine presentation highlighted by the accessible acousticEven though lyrics may seem too conversational at times, it’s all part of his genuine presentation highlighted by the accessible acoustic guitar combining with several different instrumental textures that captured attention and engagement. My Score: 136/180 (Solid) = 7.6/10 Expand

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