|Night Falls Over Kortedala|
|Studio album by|
|Released||5 September 2007|
|Jens Lekman chronology|
|Singles from Night Falls Over Kortedala|
Night Falls Over Kortedala is the second studio album by Swedish indie pop musician Jens Lekman. Described as "a collection of recordings 2004-2007" on Lekman's website and in the album's liner notes,Night Falls Over Kortedala was released in Scandinavia on the label Service on 5 September 2007 and worldwide on 9 October 2007 through Secretly Canadian.
The subject matter includes Lekman's first kiss--supposedly at age 19 ("And I Remember Every Kiss")--and being introduced as the boyfriend of his lesbian friend to her parents ("A Postcard to Nina"), as well as songs about "sublime haircuts, out-of-office replies, avocado-related mishaps and asthma inhalers", as described in a Pitchfork write-up on the album.
On 25 July 2007, Night Falls Over Kortedala was announced with a release date of 5 September through Lekman's Swedish label Service. Pre-orders for the Swedish release also include a digital bonus EP, Kalendervägen 113.D, a one track acoustic medley which, according to Lekman, includes "two unreleased songs on it 'The Rain Has Got to Fall' and 'Our Last Swim in the Ocean' as well as a couple of songs from Night Falls... and a Paul Simon song from Graceland I thought was suitable. It's me, a guitar and a loop pedal, nothing else. For those of you who prefer it more au naturale."
Prior to the album's release, the song "Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo" was released as a limited edition 7-inch single on 14 July 2007 and as a digital single on 31 July. "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar" was released as a digital single featuring remixes of the track on 15 June 2008.
|The A.V. Club||B|
|MSN Music (Consumer Guide)||A-|
Night Falls Over Kortedala received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 27 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Mark Richardson of Pitchfork felt that the album's "vinyl-crackling arrangements" and "wry, sometimes melancholic observations" make for "Lekman's best record, one likely to captivate even those who were skeptical of his previous releases". Tim Sendra of AllMusic hailed Night Falls Over Kortedala as Lekman's best album to date, calling it "witty, pretty, silly, and wise; and filled with instantly memorable melodies, thrilling moments of surprise in the arrangements, and laugh-out-loud lyrics".The Guardians Betty Clarke praised the album as "audacious and beautiful", concluding that "pop is rarely as genuinely affecting, joyful or good as this."Robert Christgau, writing for MSN Music, said of Lekman: "Loaded with talent, heart and personality, he's an eccentric who still thinks the world is his friend, and one more sweet argument for the civilized compromises of democratic socialism."
Ryan Dombal of Blender wrote that Lekman "uses his tender touch to brilliantly tease out the bumbling awkwardness that defines modern love" and described him as "a hopeless romantic unafraid to poke fun at his own hopelessness", while Adrian Begrand of PopMatters called him "a first-rate songwriter and the best lyricist this side of Jarvis Cocker and Craig Finn".Entertainment Weekly critic Leah Grenblatt praised the album's sound as "a swirl of sparkly '60s orchestration and horns -- an achievement worth a thousand days of Night."The A.V. Clubs Keith Phipps was more reserved in his praise, writing that Lekman's "straight from the heart" approach is "frequently endearing and occasionally embarrassing, or sometimes both at once."
Night Falls Over Kortedala placed at number 23 on The Village Voices Pazz & Jop critics' poll.Pitchfork placed it at number 153 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s. The album also made Pastes 50 Best Albums of the 2000s, entering the list at number 43. In 2019, the album was ranked 60th on The Guardian's 100 Best Albums of the 21st Century list.
All tracks are written by Jens Lekman.
|1.||"And I Remember Every Kiss"||2:59|
|2.||"Sipping on the Sweet Nectar"||4:11|
|3.||"The Opposite of Hallelujah"||4:21|
|4.||"A Postcard to Nina"||5:00|
|6.||"I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You"||3:48|
|7.||"If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This)"||3:23|
|8.||"Your Arms Around Me"||5:02|
|10.||"It Was a Strange Time in My Life"||5:08|
|11.||"Kanske är jag kär i dig" (English: Maybe I'm in Love with You)||4:43|
|12.||"Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo"||4:16|
Credits for Night Falls Over Kortedala adapted from liner notes.
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||31|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||1|
|US Billboard 200||192|
|US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)||3|
|US Independent Albums (Billboard)||24|