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Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now

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Label: Secretly Canadian
Released: 2017.02.17
Category: Pop
Producer(s): Jens Lekman, Ewan Pearson
Media type: CD
Web address: www.jenslekman.com
Appears with:
Purchase date: 2017
Price in €: 1,00

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[1] To Know Your Mission [feat. Loulou Lamotte] (J.Lekman) - 4:56
[2] Evening Prayer [feat. Loulou Lamotte] (J.Lekman) - 4:15
[3] Hotwire the Ferris Wheel [feat. Tracey Thorn] (J.Lekman/T.Thorn) - 4:13
[4] What's That Perfume That You Wear? (J.Lekman) - 3:30
[5] Our First Fight (J.Lekman) - 2:40
[6] Wedding in Finistère (J.Lekman/M.Nordström) - 3:24
[7] How We Met, The Long Version (J.Lekman) - 4:16
[8] How Can I Tell Him (J.Lekman) - 3:56
[9] Postcard #17 (J.Lekman) - 4:21
[10] Dandelion Seed (J.Lekman) - 5:36

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Jens Lekman - Vocals, Handclapping, Piano, Writing, Producer

Madelene Birgenius - Piano
Dominik Petzold - Piano
Nicolai Ziel - Drums, Percussion

Alex De Little - Trombone
Linnéa Eketrä - Accordion
Emelie Jonazon - Saxophone
Paul B. Keeves - Bass
Kristin Lidell - Trumpet

Josa Gerhard - Strings
Alice Dixon - Strings
Anna Eichholz - Strings
Ellen Hjalmarsson - Strings

Loulou Lamotte - Vocals, Background Vocals
Tracey Thorn - Composition, Vocals

Ewan Pearson - Engineering, Handclapping, Mixing, Producer, Recording, Programming, Solina
Jonas Odhner - Engineering (Horns)
Guy Sternberg - Engineering, Recording
Henri Davies - Recording Assistant
Sasse Lindblad - Mixing
Matt Colton - Mastering
Jackie Stoudemire - Sampling
Nathaniel David Utesch - Layout
Klara Wiksten - Artwork
Ellika Henrikson - Photography

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After the release of his 2012 album, I Know What Love Isn't, Jens Lekman went out on tour and quickly realized that his fans hadn't really warmed up to the sad and subdued nature of the new songs. This realization sent Lekman into a bit of a tailspin that led to him questioning the nature of his songs and the character of "Jens" that he had created. He kept working and almost finished an album in 2014, but set it aside when it became clear that it wasn't quite right. Then in 2015 he launched two projects: Postcards, which consisted of Lekman writing and releasing a new song every week; and Ghostwriting, where he would put stories sent to him into lyrics and write music to go with them. The work that went into these undertakings inspired Lekman to rededicate himself to making another album. He teamed up with producer Ewan Pearson, whom he had met while doing guest vocals on a Tracey Thorn album, and started work on a new album. Life Will See You Now swings back from the subtle, more intimate nature of I Know What Love Isn't in favor of a bright and sunny-sounding album that's full of happy samples, disco beats, and cheerful melodies. The tunes sound radio-ready in a way that previous efforts never had; they are shorn of eccentricities and shined up like supermarket produce. Overcooked tracks like "Hotwire the Ferris Wheel" and "How We Met, the Long Version" sound almost as much like anonymous music playing in the background of cell phone commercials as they do real songs. Pearson and Lekman seem to go out of their way to avoid any of the '80s pop of I Know What Love Isn't or the shambling indie pop of the past when putting Life together. Only a few songs have any degree of intimacy left, and they still sound overly slick in comparison to previous Lekman albums. As for the songs themselves, Lekman has taken a big step away from writing about "himself," and the record is a series of vignettes about other people or conversations he's had with people about life. A lot of the album feels inspired by the Ghostwriting project, and while he's definitely injected himself into the songs, it feels oddly detached and writerly, as if he's taking pains to create a buffer zone of distance between his real feelings and the listener. That being said, the songs still have plenty of humor and insight, odd observations and catchy choruses -- all the things his songs have always had. The problem is that, thanks to the extra layer of studio gloss and the detached nature of the lyrics, Life comes across like the result of a songwriting exercise more than it does a true expression of emotions, like a career move instead of an honest progression and the first Jens Lekman record it's OK to skip.

Tim Sendra - All Music Guide

Life Will See You Now is the fourth studio album by Swedish indie pop musician Jens Lekman. The album was released on 17 February 2017 through Secretly Canadian. The album's title and release date were first announced on 4 January 2017, accompanied by the release of its lead single, "What's That Perfume That You Wear?"

Lekman had finished a follow-up record to his third studio album I Know What Love Isn't in 2014, but scrapped it after he felt that the finished product "sounded like [he] had given up". The following year, he launched a project he entitled Postcards, which saw him writing and releasing a new song each week of the year, and his more freeform approach to songwriting on Postcards carried over to the making of Life Will See You Now.[2] In an interview about the making of the album, Lekman said: "I wanted it to be a pop record... I Know What Love Isn't was almost an extreme narrowing of the palette I was using, but for this one I wanted it to be more colorful. I wanted there to be more instruments. I was learning about drum machines and electronic instruments when I was making this."

Life Will See You Now has received highly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 83, based on 23 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".


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