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Life Will See You Now *
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Album: Life Will See You Now *
# Song Title   Time
1)    To Know Your Mission
2)    Evening Prayer
3)    Hotwire the Ferris Wheel
4)    What's That Perfume That You Wear?
5)    Our First Fight
6)    Wedding in Finistre
7)    How We Met, the Long Version
8)    How Can I Tell Him
9)    Postcard #17
10)    Dandelion Seed
11)    Two Young Lovers
 

Album: Life Will See You Now *
# Song Title   Time
1)    To Know Your Mission
2)    Evening Prayer
3)    Hotwire the Ferris Wheel
4)    What's That Perfume That You Wear?
5)    Our First Fight
6)    Wedding in Finistre
7)    How We Met, the Long Version
8)    How Can I Tell Him
9)    Postcard #17
10)    Dandelion Seed
11)    Two Young Lovers
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Ewan Pearson.
  • Recording information: Livingston Studios, London; Lowswing, Berlin; Studio Sonores, Gothenburg.
  • Photographer: Ellika Henrikson.
  • After the release of his 2012 album, I Know What Love Isn't, Jens Lekman went out on tour and quickly realized that his fans hadn't really warmed up to the sad and subdued nature of the new songs. This realization sent Lekman into a bit of a tailspin that led to him questioning the nature of his songs and the character of "Jens" that he had created. He kept working and almost finished an album in 2014, but set it aside when it became clear that it wasn't quite right. Then in 2015 he launched two projects: Postcards, which consisted of Lekman writing and releasing a new song every week; and Ghostwriting, where he would put stories sent to him into lyrics and write music to go with them. The work that went into these undertakings inspired Lekman to rededicate himself to making another album. He teamed up with producer Ewan Pearson, whom he had met while doing guest vocals on a Tracey Thorn album, and started work on a new album. Life Will See You Now swings back from the subtle, more intimate nature of I Know What Love Isn't in favor of a bright and sunny-sounding album that's full of happy samples, disco beats, and cheerful melodies. As for the songs themselves, Lekman has taken a big step away from writing about "himself," and the record is a series of vignettes about other people or conversations he's had with people about life, with all the humor and insight, odd observations, and catchy choruses his songs have always had. ~ Tim Sendra
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e revels in strong songwriting and brilliant hooks played on steel drums, funky horns and hip-hop bells."

Spin - "Lekman's best songs are as close to musical theater as pop. His phrasing is full of conversational nuance, his timing dramatic and comic, the arrangements like lavish scenery."

Entertainment Weekly - "Blessed with a tenor as soothing as his thoughts are anxious, Lekman sets his insightful songs to the most spirited and diverse arrangements of his career." -- Grade: A

Entertainment Weekly - "[H]e decks out his wildly specific, intimate yarns with bossa nova grooves, disco beats, and hip-hop samples -- plus enough heart, suspense, and laughs to easily make this the finest rom-com you'll encounter all year."

Paste (magazine) - "[I]t's Lekman's playfully indulgent musical evolution that differentiates LIFE WILL SEE YOU NOW from his previous efforts."

Clash (Magazine) - "[U]tterly life-affirming pop music. Jens Lekman doesn't shy away from the dark stuff, but actively tackles it -- with such deft grace and detail that you find much to celebrate in both the light and the shadow."
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