Songs You May Have Missed #308


Jens Lekman: “Become Someone Else’s” (2012)

Jens had me here from the first two lines of the lyric:

Jennifer called, told me ’bout her latest admirer

Said, “Someone should make a pamphlet called ‘So You Think You’re in Love with Jennifer'”

Add the sly slip-note piano┬álines and I’ve fallen for another sweetly skewed Jens Lekman song, despite not really knowing what he’s on about with the cherry-sucking bats in the last verse.

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Songs You May Have Missed #160


Jens Lekman: “A Postcard to Nina” (2007)

A quote from Spinner says it better than I could:

It’s the oldest romantic story in the world: Boy meets girl. Girl is a lesbian. Boy pretends to be boyfriend of girl to appease girl’s dad.

The Swedish singer-songwriter displays his proficiency with not only English but with both current and retro pop forms with this witty, melancholy and groovy — in both the late-’60s and current senses of the word — tune. And we believe you, Jens: You’re only pretending to be in love with Nina. For her father’s benefit.

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