Album of the Week: Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman’s Life Will See You Now is a great, straightforward, optimistic album, which will make you want to go dance your common daily life away.

Listening to Lekman’s latest LP feels like both a fairytale and its opposite. It keeps you down-to-earth, while encourages you to enjoy your life. It’s an album about daily struggles, but not minding them; about being sentimental, yet happy and joyous. It tells you that it’s all to party and dance, while having common problems. And Life Will See You Now makes this statement quite convincing. This is so much fun! Seriously, this album can be considered a pragmatic anthem of how to be optimistic about life despite all its lows. It reminds me of all the best music by Architecture in Helsinki, which sometimes perfected the sugar-ish way to make music, but Lekmans work seems more advanced, varied and candid. It’s all because of his great, funny and sincere storytelling, which reminds me of the dark humor of Tom Waits, but with the off-the-wall and weird indie pop full with disco, samba and Trinidadian steelpan. Life Will See You Now is a delightful listen when you want to party, reflect on your life, think about social problems, or just forget about the world and hit the dancefloor, shaking your limbs until the dawn.

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Also worth a listen this week:

  • PVT – New Spirit
  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  • Son Volt – Notes of Blue
  • Amy MacDonald  – Under Stars
  • Grails – Chalice Hymnal

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