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Shadows

Lenka

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Album Review

Lenka's third studio album, 2013's Shadows, is a work of rapturous, ceaselessly melodic, vintage-sounding orchestral pop that makes the most of the vocalist’s elfin croon. While Lenka's past albums showcased her knack for bubbly pop songs that tipped a hat to both '60s singer/songwriter pop and modern indie acts like Owl City and Lights, here she delves headlong into the kind of sweeping, psychedelic-tinged sound that artists like Donovan, Nick Drake, and Serge Gainsbourg recorded in the '60s and '70s. Of course, while there is certainly an older vibe to these songs, Lenka still remains a thoroughly modern artist, never falling into a retro-rut. In that sense, the album also brings to mind the work of such similarly inclined contemporaries as Diego Garcia, Beck, and Matt Costa. Cuts like "After the Winter" and "Heart to the Party" feature a precise mix of strings, horns, guitars, Wurlitzer keyboards, and various percussive instruments from glockenspiels to vibraphones, many played by Lenka herself. Recorded while Lenka was pregnant with her first child, Shadows has a hushed, lullaby quality that adds to its deeply felt and intimate nature. In fact, the track "Two Heartbeats" is built around the whooshing in utero heartbeat of her baby. Gorgeously conceived in every way, Shadows is a tiny masterpiece.

Customer Reviews

Best Lenka Yet

She's really maturing as an artist. If you are a fan, be sure to catch her US tour starting June 2013. Cheap tickets and intimate venues. She's such a superstar in Asia I bet they would die to know how close the tix are to the stage here!

Beautiful, sweet, sensual, and serene

Lenka amazes me yet again with her unique ability to astonish and sooth with her delicate, yet powerful voice. Shadows does depart substantially from the sassy, robust, and somewhat in-your-face melodies found on her previous CD entitled "Two," however this album is in some ways a culmination of her last two musical efforts; Shadows definitely contains many of the magical, fun, and light-hearted elements that have long made this Australian singer a favorite of adults and children alike, but it also addresses some of the more serious and somber things that adults encounter in their daily lives. The song "Monsters" alludes to the fears that people face as a result of things chosen and choices yet to be made, while "Find a Way to You" deals with breaking down the walls around someone's heart and allowing that person to feel love again. Other songs, such as "Heart to the Party," and "Two Heartbeats," were almost certainly written for a younger audience, or for those forever young at heart. Basically, the album "Shadows" is indeed what the review says: A lullaby for both adults and children. Although it's odd to admit at my age, I actually listen to songs from Shadows or sometimes one of Lenka's other albums as a way to wind down and relax before going to sleep at night. If hearing a slightly different side of Lenka's musical talent sounds intriguing to you, definitely check out this album. Shadows offers something unique and captivating for everyone's ears.

Good touching

Sounds beautiful touching album for love rainy day and soft music

Biography

Born: March 19, 1978 in Bega, New South Wales, Australia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking a break from her duties as vocalist and keyboardist for Australia's Decoder Ring, songwriter Lenka Kripac relocated to Los Angeles and began crafting eclectic, atmospheric pop songs under her forename. Her solo material took its cues from artists like Jem and Björk, with Lenka pitting her breathy vocals against landscapes of electronic drumbeats, horns, and twinkling piano. A former child actor who'd studied under Cate Blanchett, she also brought a sense of theatricality to her music, and...
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