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Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream

Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream will serve as a blog for me to share my thoughts and musings, with a special emphasis on music. The music that will appear in this blog is for evaluation/sampling purposes only, and is designed to promote up and coming bands. Remember, if you like the artist(s), buy the CD! If you are the owner of a sound file and would like it removed, please contact us and we will kindly take it down.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Not-so-silent Jens Lekman

Man crush--this might be the best way to explain my adoration for Mr. Jens Lekman's music. I admit it, but at least let me elaborate why you should have one too for Sweden's best musical export. Lekman's third release Night Falls Over Kortedala is a dreamy Scandinavian collection of songs that wakes you up, delights and entertains, and carefully tucks you in at night. It's coherent, profound, comical, and intriguing.

From the lyrical component of Night Falls, Lekman conveys his sage-like wisdom about life and relationships with the utmost frankness and comedy. He possesses the story-telling ability of a Bob Dylan, as seen by the doo-wop big band "Postcard to Nina" which has him dazzling the listener about an awkward (true) visit to a friend's house (for explanation, check out this video). Or have a listen to "Your Arms Around Me", a charming ode to a woman who surprises him while he's cutting avocados and cuts his finger--he goes to the hospital with her only to have her "arms around [him]". It's Lekman's ability to make a point without being preachy that makes him the esteemed lyricist that he is.

But from a musical perspective, there is nothing lacking here either. "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar" is a discopop delight that meshes beautifully with the funked-out "Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig" that breaks into a full out chorus of falsetto from Lekman. There's certainly a good deal of growth on this album from Oh You're So Silent, Jens, and it has resulted in an album that is incredibly consistent and enjoyable. It seems that Sir Lekman is not so silent anymore.

Go and get a copy of Night Falls Over Kortedala (already out in Europe, due out Oct. 9 in US)
Listen to "Postcard to Nina" (5/5)!!!!!!!
Listen to "Your Arms Around Me" (5/5)!!!!!!

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