Do you like depressing music that makes you want to hang out in your dark room all day thinking about all the things that could go wrong in life?
If the answer is yes, don’t buy this album.
Do you like uplifting, happy, encouraging music that makes you feel like there’s hope after all?
If the answer is yes, ask yourself this final question:
Do you like music that kinda sorta sounds like The Monkees meet Electric Light Orchestra sung by a sweet voiced female from Australia or wherever it is that Lenka is from?
Now, if all those answers are yes, read on; you’ll want to know about this awesome album.
On an album full of incredible songs, picking a best one is like trying to pick the juiciest grape out of an entire bunch. So, I have to judge by the number of times I’ve listened to each, and in that case, I think the first song, “The Show”, fits the bill.
I first heard “The Show” while sitting in Applebee’s. I remember hearing the verse, and saying to my friend “man, that sounds like ELO with a female singer”, but then the chorus came in and I thought “Now it’s more like Big Band” with all the horns and cool stuff like that.
First thing I did when I got home was Google the lyrics “I want my money back, welcome to the show”, and came up with the video for “The Show” (which you can watch at the end of this review). I loved it, but to be honest I thought “well, it’s probably one of those albums that has one or two good songs on it, and the rest are ho-hum.
But boy was I wrong, and am glad I was, as this album has become one of my faves of all time (and that coming from a guy who has owned no less than 700 albums, I’m sure). There’s not a song on this album I would rate lower than 4 stars, except the bonus track. I guess in this case, “bonus” means “Hey we had to throw in something non-addicting”. Otherwise, you’d just keep the entire album on endless loop. And if you did that, how would you ever get to hear Lenka’s second album?
“Dangerous And Sweet” is a sweetly sung story of a couple who can’t stop hurting each other because they’re too sensitive. What a unique concept; I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered another song that deals with the subject of hypersensitivity. The rhythm, complete with 60s-style handclaps just leads you down the highway, and the “ba ba ba ba ba”s that commence at about 2:25 into the song make you want to stay on this road trip forever. Well done, indeed.
In “Trouble Is A Friend”, Lenka brings you into her world with an addicting piano and intoxicating “Oh oh”s interspersed throughout the entire song. If you buy only one song about meeting your troubles head-on, buy this one also. It is heartily endorsed by my dear mum, one of her favorite songs in my entire collection. She’d never admit it, but she even likes it better than any of my own songs!
The song “Live Like You’re Dying” is a very nice ballad which encourages us to live our lives every day as if it were our last, because it very well could be. “All of our days are numbered, all of them one to one hundred, all of them millions, all of them trillions”.
“Skipalong” is a sweet song that indeed makes you want to skip along. This song is where my song title “Sugar Bomb” comes from. It just stuck in my head and wouldn’t get out.
I think I’ve probably reached the point where you’re getting tired of reading. Sorry about that, but this album is just that good.
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Read my review of Lenka’s second album, “Two” at this link