Faces Down

Faces Down

by Sondre Lerche


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With an amalgam of moony Nick Drake-inspired folk-jazz and bright Bacharach-indebted pop flourishes, the U.S. debut of 19-year-old Norwegian Sondre Lerche is a welcome surprise. While his contemporaries ply particle-board pop with IKEA-like precision (that's your Aqua, your M2M, et. al.), Lerche's vision of the perfect song is moodier and more contradictory. The most upbeat tunes, produced with more than a nod to '60s AM conventions, carry gloomy lyrical payloads, as on the sunny opener, "Dead Passengers," and Lerche's tender years belie world-weary wisdom on songs like "Virtue and Wine": "Virtue and wine cannot help you swim/ Pain and sorrow must come/ If you go." String arrangements by High Llama Sean O'Hagan lend a lushness to the proceedings, with unobtrusive programming for that 21st-century edge. But the touchstones here -- Drake, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright -- and his confessed admiration for Cole Porter are enough to pique the interest of mature pop fans (some old enough to be Sondre's parents), and Sondre Lerche delivers on that promise.

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Release Date: 09/17/2002
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0724381321003
catalogNumber: 132103

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Faces Down 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The style is great and it's about time America let in some more quality music from "the outside world" !!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm blown away by Faces Down. I saw a little snippet on Sondre Lerche while watching MTV this past Easter Sunday, and that prompted me to give Faces Down a try. I'm so glad I did. Lerche writes and sings some of the most beautifully melodic pop songs I have ever heard. Flashes of Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, and Paul McCartney can be heard throughout the album. Some songs even sound like classic show tunes. ("Modern Nature," among others) Lerche eagerly admits his admiration for A-ha, and the Scandanavian pop sensibilities of that group are definitely a part of Lerche's sound. Fortunately, however, Lerche opts for a more organic production approach. The opening song, "Dead Passengers," sets a jazzy tone to the album from the very first notes. Other highlights include "You Know So Well," "On and Off Again," and "Suffused with Love."(In all honesty there's not a bad song on the entire album) Following a seemingly never ending stream of neo-punk bands from Sweden, it's nice to see a Scandanavian act focusing on pop music again. Look out Sweden, it's Norway's turn...
LRL-21 More than 1 year ago
Sondre Lerche is versatile. I am a new listener, but have heard many tracks (thanks to Barnes and Noble's helpful "listen to CDs before you buy them" machines). This album is heartfelt and acoustic and his voice calms all. However on other albums he is jazzy and sounds like a crooner come back to life - like a underground, refreshing Michael Buble. All who like to feel connected to your music in a personal way, CHECK HIM OUT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a very good cd..... it's unique and at the same time it brings together so many sounds and this guy can REALLY sing.... plus, he's pretty cute!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
sondres music is the best i think anyone who loves music in general should get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is cd is definitely one of the tops on my list. Sondre is great live, too, I even got to meet him and get his autograph, he is very sincere and it comes out strongly in his music.
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