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
Length 50:31
Label Service, Secretly Canadian
Jens Lekman chronology
Oh You're So Silent Jens
Night Falls Over Kortedala
I Know What Love Isn't

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 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]


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]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club (B)[6]
Blender 4/5 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[8]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10.0)[10]
PopMatters (8/10)[11]
Robert Christgau (A-)[12]
Stylus Magazine (B)[13]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[14]

Night Falls Over Kortedala has 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 "universal acclaim".[15]

Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Night Falls Over Kortedala' at number 153 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[16] The Album also made Paste Magazine's 50 Best Albums of the 2000s, entering the list at number 43.[17]

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]

All songs written and composed by Jens Lekman

No. Title Length
1. "And I Remember Every Kiss" (Includes sample throughout from "My Death" by Scott Walker where Scott Walker sings Jacques Brel) 2:59
2. "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar"   4:11
3. "The Opposite of Hallelujah"   4:21
4. "A Postcard to Nina"   5:00
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
Total length:


  • Lars-Erik Grimelund – drums
  • Stefan Sporsén – brass
  • Ellen Hjalmarsson – strings
  • Markus Görsch – drums
  • Tammy Karlsson – drums, bongos
  • Frida Thurfjell – saxophone
  • Karin Krantz – trombone
  • Kristin 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


Chart (2007) Peak
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[18] 31
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 1
US Billboard 200[20] 192


  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. ^ "Critic Reviews for Night Falls Over Kortedala by Jens Lekman". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim (2007-10-09). "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  6. ^ Phipps, Keith (2007-10-09). "The A.V. Club review". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  7. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  8. ^ Kharas, Kev (2007-10-08). "Drowned in Sound review". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  9. ^ Betty Clarke (2007-10-19). "The Guardian review". London: Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  11. ^ Begrand, Adrien. "PopMatters review". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  13. ^ "Stylus Magazine review". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  14. ^ Smith, Derek. "Tiny Mix Tapes review". Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  15. ^ "Night Falls Over Kortedala – Jens Lekman". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ Pitchfork staff (28 September 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  17. ^ Paste staff (November 2, 2009). "The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  19. ^ "Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Jens Lekman – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jens Lekman. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

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