- Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 20 reviews
2017 Rank: #54 / 216
USER SCORE
76
Based on
116 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

He’s made the journey from spindly, insular indiepop to glorious, primary-coloured music, explicitly referencing 80s chart hits, soul, funk and disco.

100
Entertainment Weekly

Blessed with a tenor as soothing as his thoughts are anxious, Lekman sets his insightful songs to the most spirited and diverse arrangements of his career.

90
PopMatters

There’s a lot in Life Will See You Now to suggest that it’s Lekman’s finest album to date. It’s certainly his most refined and emotionally rich.

80
The Skinny

The finished product is articulate and bubbling with energy and positivity – much like Lekman himself.

80
The Line of Best Fit

It’s an album of trying to understand why things happen, from burnt bridges to that first fight in a relationship, rather than simply realising they have happened.

80
Exclaim!

Life Will See You Now tackles life's most drastic ups and downs with good-natured empathy, making it both complex and comforting.

80
God Is in the TV

After the struggle to make this album, it’s a relief to hear Lekman on such fine form.

80
Clash

Unexpected musical influences and unlikely juxtapositions abound – to mixed success.

80
Pitchfork

On his fourth album, Jens Lekman opens up in new ways. He narrates the vulnerability of others, works with a producer, and crafts pop songs that absorb disco, calypso, and samba to soften their ache.

77
Paste

Throughout, Lekman employs synth beats, calypso rhythms and gospel singers to actualize his creative vision. The result is engaging, if not terribly lasting.

75
The 405

There is a wide-eyed optimism pulsing through the heart of it which, twinned with Jens’ lovelorn, quirky poetry, is a sincere, open-hearted invitation.

75
Under The Radar

Snapping with flashlight disco, percussive tropicalia, palpable visuals, and devastating pomp, Jens Lekman opens the curtains to life's generous swimming pool with his signature singular musical contemplation and invites us to splash around on the ebullient Life Will See You Now.

73
GIGsoup

Gentle, humorous and gorgeous, Lekman crafts yet another album of melancholic, genre traversing pop music that is uniquely his own.

70
Slant Magazine

Through the intricacies of Life Will See You Now, Lekman philosophizes about the profound with references to the incidental, encapsulating the transfixing nature of fleeting moments that can nevertheless come to define a life.

70
Loud and Quiet

Lekman’s playfully postmodern songwriting sands the edges off of topics that could otherwise be stale or rote.

70
AllMusic

Life comes across like the result of a songwriting exercise more than it does a true expression of emotions, like a career move instead of an honest progression and the first Jens Lekman record it's OK to skip.

70
Rolling Stone

Although Lekman's voice sometimes sounds like Morrissey doing a Kermit the Frog impression, he revels in strong songwriting and brilliant hooks played on steel drums, funky horns and hip-hop bells.

70
Drowned in Sound

Life Will See You Now doesn’t quite hit the heights of 2007-era Lekman, but in his mid-thirties, Gothenburg’s favourite son remains a vital artist.

60
musicOMH

This experimentation with styles and arrangements means that Life Will See You Now does feel a little jumbled, as though Lekman has failed to settle on a sound, but on the other hand it’s just about clear that this is sort of the point.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

I hated Life Will See You Now upon my first listen. By my second listen I knew when to brace myself. By my third, I developed a sick sort of love for it. But that love is in no way admiration.

WildChameleon
70
+ In general, nice work
+ Pleasant after 1 or 2 listenings

- He sings to the same way during the entire album
- Generic sounds which are mixed and stuck with some mediocre glue
- Awfull cover
weirdisrad
79
Pleasant for the first few listens but it gets kinda boring pretty soon.
94
"Not a word is spoken, not a blink of an eye
And in my head my thoughts go nuts
Maybe I should have kept my mouth shut
Maybe our love was hanging by a thread
Shouldn't have showed you how I really felt"

"God, I wish that you would just look at me
Then I feel your hand under the table
And you smile the smile that only you smile
And you mouth out "I love you"
The way a parent spells out ice cream:
"I-L-O-V-E-Y-O-U," like there's kids in the room, woo ... read more
PaulyZ
78
Tracklist:

To Know Your Mission (9.3)
Evening Prayer (8.1)
Hotwire the Ferris Wheel (8.0)
What's That Perfume That You Wear? (9.7)
Our First Fight (6.1)
Wedding in Finistère (7.6)
How We Met, The Long Version (8.3)
How Can I Tell Him (7.0)
Postcard #17 (6.3)
Dandelion Seed (7.0)
BuffaloStaple
51
I don't really find his voice very captivating on these tracks, I admire how diverse and eclectic it is instrumentally, but overall I don't really have much desire to return to it again in the future.
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Track List
  1. To Know Your Mission
  2. Evening Prayer
  3. Hotwire the Ferris Wheel
  4. What's That Perfume That You Wear?
  5. Our First Fight
  6. Wedding in Finistère
  7. How We Met, The Long Version
  8. How Can I Tell Him
  9. Postcard #17
  10. Dandelion Seed
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Added on: January 4, 2017