Night Falls Over Kortedala

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Night Falls Over Kortedala
Studio album by Jens Lekman
Released 5 September 2007
Recorded 2004–2007
Genre Indie pop
Label Service, Secretly Canadian
Jens Lekman chronology
Oh You're So Silent Jens
(2005)
Night Falls Over Kortedala
(2007)
I Know What Love Isn't
(2012)

Night Falls Over Kortedala is the second full length release by Swedish pop singer Jens Lekman. Announced on 25 July 2007, and advertised on Lekman's website as a "a collection of recordings 2004-2007",[1] the album 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[citation needed] ("And I Remember Every Kiss")—and being introduced as the boyfriend of his lesbian friend to her parents ("A Postcard to Nina"). "And I Remember Every Kiss" contains a short sample from "Theme from Sand Pebbles" also known as "And We Were Lovers" written by Leslie Bricusse and Jerry Goldsmith performed by Enoch Light.[citation needed]

The song "Your Arms Around Me" appears on the soundtrack of the 2009 film, Whip It.[2]

Release[edit]

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."[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club (B)[5]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[7]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10.0)[9]
PopMatters (8/10)[10]
Robert Christgau (A-)[11]
Stylus Magazine (B)[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[13]

Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Night Falls Over Kortedala' at number 153 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[14] The Album also made Paste Magazine's 50 Best Albums of the 2000s, entering the list at number 43.[15]

Kalendervägen 113.D[edit]

Main article: Kalendervägen 113.D

Advance copies of the album came with the bonus EP Kalendervägen 113.D.

Track listing[edit]

  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" – 5:01
  5. "Into Eternity" – 3:44
  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
  9. "Shirin" – 3:56
  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

Personnel[edit]

  • Lars-Erik Grimelund – drums
  • Stefan Sporsén – brass
  • Ellen Hjalmarsson – strings
  • Markus Görsch – drums
  • Tammy Karlsson – drums, bongos
  • Frida Thurfjell – saxophone
  • Karin Krantz – trombone
  • Kristian Lidell – trumpet, accordion
  • Ben Swanson, Viktor Sjöberg – handclaps
  • Clare Canzoneri – harp
  • El Perro Del Mar, Emma Bates, Frida Hyvönen, Ulrika Mild, Magnus Carlsson, Michael Leonhart – backing vocals
  • Ellen Hjalmarsson – violin
  • Ida Rosén – viola
  • Elsa Wikström – violin
  • Mikaela Robsahm – cello
  • Björn Almgren – saxophone

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[16] 31
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 1
US Billboard 200[18] 192

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discography - official Jens Lekman website". Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  2. ^ IMDb listing. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  3. ^ Lekman, Jens (31 August 2007). "Smalltalk: 31 August 2007". Jens Lekman. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  4. ^ Sendra, Tim (2007-10-09). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  5. ^ Phipps, Keith (2007-10-09). "The A.V. Club review". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  6. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  7. ^ Kharas, Kev (2007-10-08). "Drowned in Sound review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  8. ^ Betty Clarke (2007-10-19). "The Guardian review". London: Music.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Pitchfork.com. 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  10. ^ Begrand, Adrien. "PopMatters review". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  11. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Stylus Magazine review". Stylusmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  13. ^ Smith, Derek. "Tiny Mix Tapes review". TinyMixtapes.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  14. ^ Pitchfork staff (28 September 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  15. ^ Paste staff (November 2, 2009). "The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  17. ^ "Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Jens Lekman Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Jens Lekman. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

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