Phantom Punch (2007) 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… 2007-02-06 Sondre Lerche Rock
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Phantom Punch (2007)

Phantom Punch | SONDRE AND VISION Lerche gets his '80s groove on throughout Phantom Punch
SONDRE AND VISION Lerche gets his '80s groove on throughout Phantom Punch
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 06, 2007; Lead Performance: Sondre Lerche; Genre: Rock

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 Jan 31, 2007 Published in issue #920 Feb 09, 2007 Order article reprints