Oh You're So Silent Jens

So much praise has been heaped upon Jens Lekman lately it seems remarkable he isn�t on his way to becoming a worldwide household name. Initially introducing himself to the world with a trio of EPs (Maple Leaves, Rocky Dennis and You Are the Light), Jens has made the slow, steady rise up from obscurity to critical darling in the span of just about two years. While his first full length, 2004�s When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog, reached the Top 10 in Sweden last year, he has still barely breached the blogger-sphere in the US. So, the latest release of Swedish singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Oh You�re So Silent Jens, is Secretly Canadian�s way of (re)introducing us to indie-pop�s newest crooner.

Lekman has been compared to pretty much everyone lately from Steven Merrit to Jonathan Richman to Morrissey and even (strangely) Beck. His penchant for using overly honest, nostalgic, cheesy lyrics seems like it would be his undoing, but Jens� sadness somehow seems legit - even when he sings such lines as �But it�s hard to stay mad when there�s so much beauty / an open window someone�s playing tutti fruitti� in �Another Sweet Summer�s Night on Hammer Hill.� Lekman knows what his schtick is and does it well. He�s grown up steeped in the indie culture and even shows it off by dropping in (and singing along with) a sample of Calvin Johnson singing �I'll come running with a heart on fire," from Beat Happening's "Gravedigger Blues.� One of the highest notes of the album is definitely the super catchy �Black Cab,� while other�s will pine at the tangible misunderstandings of �Maple Leaves,� only �Black Cab� compares to �You Are the Light� (from his full length) with it�s jaunty beat and catchy chorus.

It�s remarkable how much irony Lekman is able to come up with and somehow make it honest. It�s almost as if he doesn�t know what irony even is. You really believe him when he compares the northern lights to someone pouring a beer in the atmosphere. An image appears in your mind exactly as if you were in Sweden on a cold winter's night. In fact that�s what Oh You're So Silent Jens is, the perfect winter album.

Jens Lekman
Secretly Canadian

Oh You're So Silent Jens