Wednesday, November 4, 2009

2007 : 04 "Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo" by Jens Lekman

Euro heart-throb Jens Lekman has an outsized personality, and that personality seems sometimes to be an equal mix of arrogance and self-deprecation. This is a combination that understandably makes him hard for some people to take, but to dismiss him too fast would be an error: he has unquestionable gifts as a song-writer, and his best tracks are characterized by sharp wit and a precision of observation which remains all too rare in the indie-pop scene. Night Falls Over Kortedala, the 2007 follow-up to his well-regarded 2005 album Oh You're So Silent, Jens, misses as often as it hits, but it ends on the great "Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo," a track which trenchantly sketches the way urban hipster youngsters like himself think about small-town life. Lekman points out the way that he/we cheerfully fetishize half-imagined "quaint" qualities of "the country," while simultaneously imagining ways that we can transform it into something more hipster-friendly, a process that would annihilate whatever sense of difference drew us there in the first place. Clever, insightful, and spry: it's songs like this that draw me to Lekman and keep me coming back.

Jeremy Bushnell

Listen: Jens Lekman >> "Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo"


Darren said...

Hahaha, oh god this is so awful. Sounds like bad karaoke. The sax sounds like its made of shiny plastic vinyl substance. I cant believe you like this. ;)

jpb said...

Oh, Darren. You should hear some of the other tracks.

Darren said...

I'm imagining you as Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky.

jpb said...

I <3 her.