Sunday, February 10, 2008
After months of playing "The Opposite of Hallelujah" at least twice a week, I'm officially sorry I underrated Jens Lekman's Night Falls Over Kortedala. Cavils about his flat, doleful voice aside, I admire how the arrangements (those strings!) consistently undercut the bathos; in a few cases, they inflate the bathos, waiting for a well-timed lyric here or backup singer there, in a thrilling reminder that, at this stage in his career, Lekman understands self-parody better than Morrissey did.
Posted by Alfred Soto at 9:30 AM