Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2017 Ratings: #314 / 838
User Score
Based on 200 ratings
2017 Ratings: #246
February 17, 2017 / Release Date
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Secretly Canadian / Label
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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.

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.


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.

The Skinny

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

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.


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

God Is in the TV

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


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


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.


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

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.

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.


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

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.

Loud and Quiet

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


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.

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.

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.


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.

The Needle Drop

Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman goes full-on pop with his follow-up to 2012's I Know What Love Isn't.

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.

Northern Transmissions

While occasionally alluring and raw, Life Will See You Now is more often than not a testament to over sharing.

Very strong lyricism and distinct stories on youth, vulnerability, and sorrow in a brimming pop-focused song writing style. I get a lot of Belle & Sebastian vibes from this man. It's chicken soup for a very modern art, contemporary soul---for the millennial soul in all of us.
+ 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
Favorite tracks:
What's That Perfume That You Wear?; Wedding in Finistère; How We Met, the Long Version (10)

Rated on: March 26, 2020
Saccharine maturity. A-
The first few tracks on this album somehow irritate me to strange levels, and I really found the opening 4 tracks on this album actively unpleasant. That being said, after that, things get a lot better, and "Our First Fight" is one of my favorite songs of the year so far. I have no idea how to properly rate this as a result of its inconsistency, so I guess a C grade by American standards feels right.
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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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