Album: Jens Lekman, I Know What Love Isn't (Secretly Canadian)

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The Independent Culture

Less really is less in the case of this indie-pop romantic, whose droll, bombastic 2007 LP Night Falls Over Kortedala suggested a Scandi Stephin Merritt.

Conversely, this break-up album follow-up is a chastened affair: instrumentally pared-back, vocally wan and full of unremarkable Brill-Building-meets-Belle-and-Sebastian ditties.

Lekman remains a wonderful, idiosyncratic storyteller, though, and you sense he has many fine career chapters ahead.