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I Know What Love Isn't

Jens Lekman

I Know What Love Isn't

The 3rd full-length from the bittersweet Swedish indie pop singer-songwriter is a break-up album

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An achievement tied together both thematically and musically in a way that’s stronger than anything he’s managed before and arguably more successful than anything you’re likely to hear this year
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Intelligently crafted, emotionally punchy pop of the highest quality
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  3. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    These songs are those of a storyteller truly documenting, as well as he can, what has happened
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  4. 8.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    I Know What Love Isn’t is more than a great pop album – it’s the most singularly rewarding statement from one of the more uniquely gifted songwriting voices of the past decade
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  5. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    He may not know exactly what love is, but on I Know What Love Isn’t, he sure as hell gives himself over to all of love’s most ridiculous dreams
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  6. 8.0 |   The Fly

    It’s impossible to resist the perfect misery
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A classy break-up record rather than just a classic one – reaffirming Jens Lekman as an inimitable talent
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  8. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Almost impossibly gorgeous
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    I Know What Love Isn’t is Lekman gracefully coming to terms with the breakup, and his lyrical and musical variations on this fixation keep the album compelling
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  10. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The finest achievement of his career
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  11. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Lekman's candour lacks the rawness often found on this kind of album. He does not confront his ex, or even rail against her lingering presence; he just wearily wishes to be rid of it
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  12. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Even when he focuses his unflagging talents within fixed bounds, Lekman's still one of the most distinct and observant writers in indie rock today
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  13. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    A fine return to the public eye, one that doesn’t enchant quite like his early material but resonates much deeper
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  14. 7.0 |   BBC

    More revealing than anything else he’s produced
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  15. 7.0 |   Prefix

    Lekman has few peers when it comes to drawing minute details into wondrous and profound universes of thought
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  16. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's hard not to be charmed by his elegant stoicism. Print edition only

  17. 7.0 |   NME

    It’s a tougher listen than usual, but it’s still laden with lashings of classic Lekman pop hooks
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  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The fashionably tinny production and unending roster of failed romances and pretty girls' names start to sound weirdly flippant
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  19. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    A chastened affair: instrumentally pared-back, vocally wan and full of unremarkable Brill-Building-meets-Belle-and-Sebastian ditties
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  20. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    Some of the album’s best moments come out of Jens’ witty and charming mastery of words. However there are times where you can’t help but feel that it might have been better if he hadn’t tried so hard to find that rhyme or fit that extra syllable in
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  21. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    He still packs dense short stories into each track, but without the humor the drama sometimes falls flat
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  22. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Further evidence of his unassuming yet considerable songwriting prowess
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  23. 6.0 |   Q

    Wit and self-deprecation win the day. Print edition only

  24. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Self-defeat to click your fingers to. Print edition only

  25. 5.6 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Fans will be pleased with his consistent, yet evolved sound on the album – it just seems that brevity was in his favor on the EP
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