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By self-titling the album and opening it with the spare and intimate “Ricochet,” Norwegian songwriter Sondre Lerche alerts us that this is to be his most focused record to date. Where many of his previous albums were stylistically all over the place, jump-cutting through genres at will, Sondre Lerche is a carefully measured record of chamber and power pop. “Private Caller” kicks up the momentum for a great stab at new wave. “Red Flags” works with acoustic guitars and mild strings. There’s still plenty of quirk in his approach; Lerche has an unusual way of putting songs together. With musical foil Kato Adland and producer Nicolas Vernhes anticipating Lerche’s moves, it becomes the perfect puzzle. Songs such as “Domino,” “Living Dangerously” and “When the River” flow with ease and skeletal productions that hold together in the most delicate way. “Nevermind the Typos” exemplifies his quick wit. “Tied Up to the Tide” shows a carefully crafted melody and a free falling falsetto. A satisfying ride all the way through.

Customer Reviews

Really one of his best.

Although everyone is entitled to their likes and dislikes, I'm surprised some here are saying that this new stuff is somehow weaker than his old material. I'd argue this is a very consistent, mature album for Sondre. "Private Caller", "Red Flags", "Domino" and the amazing "When the River" actually recall some of his past moments while standing as classics in his catalog in my opinion. I saw him do a lot of this material live with a full band and it really held up very well. Though some of his songs are almost over-the-top quirky, I like the fact that Sondre seems to do exactly what he wants without a lot of consideration for mass appeal, though it puzzles me he's not bigger. I dunno, maybe he needs to start churning out some Goo Goo Dolls soundalikes to get out of the clubs, but that wouldn't be Sondre.

Sondre Has Mastered a good way

Although I have loved Sondre Lerche to pieces ever since seeing "Dan in Real Life", I will admit he doesn't craft very uplifting melodies. However, his lyrics are honest and he sings with meaning and truth. Sondre has a unique vulnerability to his voice, which I know is annoying to some people, but personally I like it. His contemplative and reflective tunes give the listener more than KE$HA can: good old thought. I will most likely continue to adore Sondre Lerche and buy all of his albums.

New Vs. Old

I have always loved Sondre Lerche since I heard "Modern Nature" back in 2004. I feel that the last 2 albums don't speak to me the way that "Faces Down", "Two Way Monologue" and "Phantom Punch" did. That's not to say that he isn't a brilliant singer/songwriter. He will always have a special place in my heart.


Born: September 5, 1982 in Bergen, Norway

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

By the time Sondre Lerche had released his major-label debut (2002's critically acclaimed Faces Down), the 19-year-old Norwegian was already a veteran of the music industry. Signed to Virgin Norway in 2000, Lerche released the chart-topping EP You Know So Well in February 2001. A commercially successful follow-up EP, No One's Gonna Come, was released in June of the same year, accompanied by numerous local performances and increasing industry buzz. Lerche's distinctive voice and natural talent for...
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