Ben Spier
February 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Phantom Punch

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Sondre Lerche
Producers
Astralwerks
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

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+

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