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. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

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