Sondre Lerche (album)

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Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by Sondre Lerche
Released 6 June 2011 (Norway)
7 June 2011 (NA)
5 September 2011 (EU/UK)[1]
Length 40:29
Label Mona Records
  • Kato Ådland
  • Nicolas Vernhes
Sondre Lerche chronology
Heartbeat Radio
Sondre Lerche
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Sondre Lerche is the self-titled sixth album by Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.[6] According to Lerche's official website the new album contains a "raw, spontaneous, instinctive and heartfelt sound" and features collaborations with Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith, longtime producer Kato Ådland, Jupiter One drummer Dave Heilman, and co-producer, mixer and studio owner Nicolas Verhnes (Spoon, Animal Collective).[7]


In New York's Daily News, Lerche spoke of the city's influence on his writing: "Since it was written in New York, it's more confrontational in the lyrics," he says. "In the past, my records were more reveries, asking the question of who you would want to be. This record is more concerned with trying to figure out what's real, with daring to deal with things as they actually are."[8]

Rolling Stone gave Sondre Lerche 3 out of 5 stars saying, "'To divert my mind/I try to make another love song rhyme,' Sondre Lerche sings on his sixth album. That this couplet (in "Coliseum Town") technically fails to rhyme itself is just one of many wry touches on Sondre Lerche. The Norwegian-born singer/songwriter mixes his usual verbose confessionals with sparser production than on past efforts, sifting in raw, chilly blues ("Tied Up to the Tide") and touches of country ("Go Right Ahead"). As 2009′s Heartbeat Radio hinted, and Sondre Lerche cements, the man has grown since his early-2000s days as an indie-pop prodigy: Now a dependably intriguing wordsmith, he still shows no shortage of unusually intelligent quirks."[9]

Entertainment Weekly gave Sondre Lerche a grade of 'A-' writing, "Winsome Norwegian Lerche is fast becoming indie rock's Burt Bacharach with his clever, unobtrusive lyrics and artful melding of jazzy folk with punchy power pop. A- —Joe Lynch"[10]

SPIN rated Sondre Lerche 8 out of 10 stating, "For album six, this notoriously restless Norwegian flouts expectation in the oddest way yet: He repeats himself. Offering a slightly subtler take on the style-shuffling of 2009's Heartbeat Radio, Lerche somehow never loses cohesion. Chalk it up to his honeyed voice and unfailing pop craft, whether he’s playing taut Bacharach chamber folk ("Ricochet"), Costello-clever pub rock ("Private Caller"), bluesy Lennon-esque psychedelia ("Tied Up to the Tide"), or frenzied synth strangeness ("Go Right Ahead").[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. “Ricochet” – 4:20
  2. “Private Caller” – 3:43
  3. “Red Flags” – 4:34
  4. “Go Right Ahead” – 3:25
  5. “Coliseum Town” – 3:12
  6. “Never Mind the Typos” – 4:32
  7. “Domino” – 3:29
  8. “Living Dangerously” – 3:56
  9. “Tied Up to the Tide” – 5:20
  10. “When the River” – 3:58 bonus track

  1. "Guilty" – 2:37

iTunes Store bonus track

  1. "Wither Street" – 3:32


  1. ^ "Sondre Lerche – Official Website". Sondre Lerche. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Reviews for Sondre Lerche by Sondre Lerche". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  3. ^ Tim Sendra (2011-06-07). "Sondre Lerche – Sondre Lerche | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Sondre Lerche: Sondre Lerche | Album Review". Slant Magazine. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Stacey (2011-06-29). "Sondre Lerche Sondre Lerche Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Sneak Preview: Sondre Lerche at the Rare Book Room : SonicScoop – Creative, Technical & Business Connections For NYC's Music & Sound Community". 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Brand new album + North American tour: exclusive 24-hour pre-sale! « Sondre Lerche – Official Website". 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Providing thinking man's pop, Sondre Lerche's snaking melodies ease things, despite their complexity". NY Daily News. June 3, 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review: Sondre Lerche". Rolling Stone. 29 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sondre Lerche, Sondre Lerche". Entertainment Weekly. 17 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Sondre Lerche, Sondre Lerche". SPIN. 7 June 2011. 

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