Night Falls Over Kortedala

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Night Falls Over Kortedala
Night Falls Over Kortedala (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Jens Lekman
Released 5 September 2007
Recorded 2004–2007
Length 50:31
Producer Jens Lekman
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 studio album by Swedish indie 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]


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."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club B[5]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A−[7]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[8]
MSN Music A−[9]
Pitchfork Media 9.0/10[10]
PopMatters 8/10[11]
Spin 4/5 stars[12]
Uncut 3/5 stars[13]

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 "universal acclaim".[3] Mark Richardson of Pitchfork Media 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".[10] Tim Sendra of AllMusic called Night Falls Over Kortedala "witty, pretty, silly, and wise; and filled with instantly memorable melodies, thrilling moments of surprise in the arrangements, and laugh-out-loud lyrics", as well as Lekman's best album.[4] The Guardian's Betty Clarke praised the album as "audacious and beautiful", concluding that "pop is rarely as genuinely affecting, joyful or good as this."[8] 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."[9]

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",[6] while Adrian Begrand of PopMatters called him "a first-rate songwriter and the best lyricist this side of Jarvis Cocker and Craig Finn".[11] The A.V. Club's Keith Phipps stated that Lekman's "straight from the heart" approach is "frequently endearing and occasionally embarrassing, or sometimes both at once."[5]

Night Falls Over Kortedala placed at number 23 on The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[14] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 153 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[15] The album also made Paste's 50 Best Albums of the 2000s, entering the list at number 43.[16]

Kalendervägen 113.D[edit]

Main article: Kalendervägen 113.D

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jens Lekman

No. Title Length
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
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:

Additional personnel[edit]


Chart (2007) Peak
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[17] 31
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 1
US Billboard 200[19] 192
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 24


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  2. ^ Lekman, Jens (31 August 2007). "Smalltalk: 31 August 2007". Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
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  4. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Night Falls Over Kortedala – Jens Lekman". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Phipps, Keith (9 October 2007). "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan. "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". Blender. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (26 October 2007). "Night Falls Over Kortedala". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Clarke, Betty (19 October 2007). "Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 2008). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
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  11. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (8 October 2007). "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (November 2007). "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". Spin. 23 (11): 121. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". Uncut (126): 110. November 2007. 
  14. ^ "The 2007 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  15. ^ Pitchfork staff (28 September 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  16. ^ Paste staff (2 November 2009). "The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000–2009)". Paste. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
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  19. ^ "Jens Lekman – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jens Lekman. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Jens Lekman – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Jens Lekman. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

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