Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn’t (5 stars)

Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn’t

A breakup album among the all-time greats

Five years since the lushly love-struck Night Falls Over Kortedala, which enshrined this Gothenburger as one of the most downright romantic bastards in pop, Jens Lekman has chased a girl all the way to Melbourne and returned, rejected. His peerless way with a winsome melody and a thoughtful, witty lyric turns more sparsely this time to the tune for the chucked – heartbreak being something he theorises you can’t overcome, but merely learn to carry with dignity.

There’s sadness, sure. But be it when philosophically finding a cosmic context for heartache (‘The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love’), or pondering cynically scorning starry-eyed monogamy by marrying an Aussie friend purely for citizenship (‘I Know What Love Isn’t’), for Lekman not even the blues are just blue. A breakup album among the all-time greats.


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