Phantom Punch

Phantom Punch

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Sondre Lerche; Producer (group): Astralwerks

On 2006’s jazzy Duper Sessions, Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche staked his claim as a cabaret tunesmith. This time out, he evokes ’80s Britpop at its zenith, with Duran Duran-ish guitars and synths underpinning lyrically self-aware ditties like the title track. Quavering but sturdy, his tenor finds tenderness, longing, and regret in such downbeat acoustic gems as ”Tragic Mirror.” Phantom Punch may not pack the razzle-dazzle of Duper, but it just might help this gifted performer cement his rep for smartly crafted alt-pop. B+

Originally posted February 2 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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