Leah Greenblatt
October 26, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Night Falls Over Kortedala

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jens Lekman
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it an A-

Alongside IKEA, ABBA, and those special meatballs, Jens Lekman may be one of Sweden’s finest exports. Since ’03, the sweet, diffident 26-year-old has been turning out tunes both wry and tenderhearted, coy and mournful. His lyrics and delivery draw comparisons to Jonathan Richman and Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt. But here he also goes full-on Brill Building: Night Falls Over Kortedala‘s sound is a swirl of sparkly ’60s orchestration and horns — an achievement worth a thousand days of Night. A
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