Night Falls Over Kortedala

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Night Falls Over Kortedala
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Studio album by Jens Lekman
Released 5 September 2007
Recorded 2004–2007
Genre Indie pop, baroque pop
Length 50:31
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 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]

The song "Your Arms Around Me" appears on the soundtrack of the 2009 film, Whip It.[2] And "Wubbzy & Widget's Big Movie"

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
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]
Entertainment Weekly A–[8]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[9]
MSN Music A–[10]
Pitchfork Media 9.0/10[11]
PopMatters 8/10[12]
Spin 4/5 stars[13]
Uncut 3/5 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"   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:
50:31

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[18] 31
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 1
US Billboard 200[20] 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. ^ "Reviews for Night Falls Over Kortedala by Jens Lekman". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Night Falls Over Kortedala – Jens Lekman". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Phipps, Keith (9 October 2007). "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Dombal, Ryan. "Night Falls Over Kortedala". Blender. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (26 October 2007). "Night Falls Over Kortedala". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Clarke, Betty (19 October 2007). "Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 2008). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Hogan, Marc (5 September 2007). "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Begrand, Adrien (8 October 2007). "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (November 2007). "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". Spin 23 (11): 121. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala". Uncut (126): 110. November 2007. 
  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. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – 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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