JENS LEKMAN (London Nettlefold Hall, 19/03/11)
Oh, you're so amazing Jens. Not only did he trek over from Gothenburg to play a charity all-dayer protesting the UK Government's dreadfully misguided cuts in library funding but his hour long solo set was perhaps even more joyous than his excellent Union Chapel show last summer. True, the reliance on backing tapes wasn't ideal, but the stripped down arrangements served to focus attention on his impressive vocal talents, which he too often swamps with orchestral frippery. Drawing heavily on "Night Falls over Kortedela," he also previewed some new songs (including one about stalking Kirsten Dunst, which seemed to resonate with an alarmingly high percentage of the audience), and broke the venue's curfew for a Sipping On The Sweet Nectar-centric dance party encore. Oh, and he waived his performance fee for the event too. What a gent.
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