Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche specialized in old-fashioned
pop tunes that evoke the sunny 1960s.
Faces Down (2002), recorded when he was barely 18, displayed a
broad range of influences
Beatles), although only a few songs
matched the standards of his reference models
(Things You Call Fate).
Downplaying his poppy side, Lerche achieved the decade's best imitation of
Nick Drake on
Two Way Monologue (2004). Even when the dynamics or the arrangement
got more complex
(Two Way Monologue, Wet Ground, It's Over), Lerche
maintained a naive, introverted attitude that contrasted with the debut's
Phantom Punch (2007) adopted a more aggressive, lean and mean stance
(Face the Blood, The Tape, Phantom Punch) and experimented
a bit on the genre
(the lengthy Happy Birthday Girl, that sounds like ten minutes of bleeding).
The music of Heartbeat Radio (2009) is buried under
Sean O'Hagan's string arrangements, and there's a reason: remove the
arrangements and there is no substance.
Sondre Lerche (2011) contains very few interesting songs, one mediocre
single (Private Caller) and a ballad (Coliseum Town) that possibly
foretells the future of the artist.
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