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Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman

Life Will See You Now

Fourth full-length from the Swedish indie pop singer-songwriter working with English electronic music producer Ewan Pearson

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Secretly Canadian
UK Release date
17/02/2017
US Release date
17/02/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Like Orange Juice did decades ago, he’s made the journey from spindly, insular indiepop to glorious, primary-coloured music, explicitly referencing 80s chart hits, soul, funk and disco
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  2. 9.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    There’s a deep romanticism to everything, with a grounded sense of balance
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  3. 8.5 |   Beardfood

    Summer has come early
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    An album that occasionally feels uneven but is executed with such heart, joy and vigour that it’s difficult not to love
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  5. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Jens Lekman opens up in new ways. He narrates the vulnerability of others, works with a producer, and crafts pop songs that absorb disco, calypso, and samba to soften their ache
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  6. 8.0 |   The Music

    Smooth, sweet, but with a little bit of flavour that snuggles in behind your back tooth
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The Swedish singer is both naff and brilliant on his fourth album
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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Life is weird and random, the smallest things sometimes having the biggest impacts, and Life Will See You Now celebrates that in glorious style
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Despite his melancholy rep, Lekman's rarely sounded sunnier. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Both complex and comforting
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  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    No matter how full his live shows are from now on, he can be sure that his new material stands with his best work
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  12. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Finds him reinvigorated after 2012’s heartbroken I Know What Love Isn’t, kicked up the arse by drum machine
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  13. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Throughout, Lekman employs synth beats, calypso rhythms and gospel singers to actualize his creative vision. The result is engaging, if not terribly lasting
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  14. 7.5 |   The 405

    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
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  15. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Life's not all strange and beautiful, but it's more strange and beautiful than not, and in Lekman's pool that truth overturns everything. And seeing him see what he sees-now that's an album
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  16. 7.3 |   Gig Soup

    Gentle, humorous and gorgeous, Lekman crafts yet another album of melancholic, genre traversing pop music that is uniquely his own
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  17. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    Life Will See You Now, as the name suggests, is an album about people on the cusp of adulthood
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  18. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Life Will See You Now doesn’t quite hit the heights of 2007-era Lekman, but in his mid-thirties, Gothenburg’s favourite son remains a vital artist
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  19. 7.0 |   All Music

    A career move instead of an honest progression and the first Jens Lekman record it's OK to skip
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  20. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Revels in strong songwriting and brilliant hooks played on steel drums, funky horns and hip-hop bells
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  21. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Lekman’s playfully postmodern songwriting sands the edges off of topics that could otherwise be stale or rote
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  22. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Encapsulates the transfixing nature of fleeting moments
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  23. 6.0 |   music OMH

    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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  24. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    His songs are still endearingly garish, his vocals still bring to mind a quasi-operatic Stephin Merritt and his lyrics are still painstakingly specific
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  25. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Quality, toe-tappy indiepop with a sprinkling of understated glitz
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  26. 6.0 |   State

    By combining uplifting music and the most literal lyrics since ‘My Lovely Horse’ this record makes you not feel so bad about spending your afternoons looking out the window at next door’s cat
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  27. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Listen alone and internalize it until you can pride yourself for getting through the damn thing without cringing
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