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Duper Sessions
     

Duper Sessions

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by Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down
 

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Rock singers and songwriters usually wait until they are well into their careers to reveal their fondness for jazz and classic pop -- think of Rod Stewart or Elvis Costello or Linda Ronstadt. Norway's Sondre Lerche is barely into his 20s, with two albums of well-crafted, nuanced songs to his credit, but he's already making that jazz move, both as a writer and as a

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Rock singers and songwriters usually wait until they are well into their careers to reveal their fondness for jazz and classic pop -- think of Rod Stewart or Elvis Costello or Linda Ronstadt. Norway's Sondre Lerche is barely into his 20s, with two albums of well-crafted, nuanced songs to his credit, but he's already making that jazz move, both as a writer and as a singer. Duper Sessions, recorded with his longtime trio plus pianist Erik Halvorsen, is full of late-night, supper-club crooning in the manner of Chet Baker; it has a live, spontaneous feel that belies its sophisticated songcraft. Although Lerche is beloved by the indie-rock community, Duper Sessions suggests affinities with jazz-pop vocalists such as Jamie Cullum, Harry Connick Jr., or Holly Cole, at least this time out (a third "rock" album is promised soon). Most impressively, Lerche's songs, such as the sighing "(You Knocked Me) Off My Feet," the swinging "Everyone's Rooting for You," and the tumbling "The Curse of Being in Love," stand up in the company of covers of Cole Porter's "Night and Day," Elvis Costello's "Human Hands," and Prefab Sprout's "Nightingales." On the super Duper Sessions, Lerche's precocious talent will knock you off your feet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Sondre Lerche's third album, 2006's Duper Sessions, is a surprise. Maybe even a shock. Certainly anyone who was expecting him to follow up Two Way Monologue with another great pop record may be disappointed. At first. Once you reconcile yourself to the idea that Lerche has made a jazz-pop record, the songcraft, laid-back approach and Lerche's sweet vocals might just win you over. If the idea of jazz scares you with visions of endless bass solos, rest assured there is minimal soloing as the Faces Down Quartet (Eric Halvorsen on piano, Morten Skage on upright bass, Ole Ludvig Kruger on drums, and Kato Ådland on guitars) provide very subtle and relaxed backing throughout, ensuring that Lerche's intimate vocals and songs are the real stars of the show. While Lerche does an acceptable job on the straight-ahead jazz tunes like "Everyone's Rooting for You," "I'm Not from Here," and " (You Knocked Me) Off My Feet," swinging and crooning with style and soul, the most interesting songs are those that take his usual smart and melodic indie pop songs and give them the acoustic jazz treatment. "Minor Detail" sounds like it could have fit on his previous albums with guitars, "The Curse of Being in Love" is a rollicking pop tune with a country & western undertone, " (I Wanna) Call It Love" gives Lerche a chance to show off the near-perfect arranging skills he honed on Two Way Monologue, and "You Look Swell" is a soulful and tender love song that borrows from classic doo wop song structure. Lerche also gives a couple of covers the jazz treatment, showing Elvis Costello a trick or two on his slinky and swinging cover of "Human Hands," and lightly and politely crooning Prefab Sprout's "Nightingales." There are a couple of moments that don't hold up very well like the cover of "Night and Day" and the cutesy "Across the Land," but for the most part Lerche has made the switch to jazz crooner painlessly. Apart from a similar feel at times, the two don't have all that much in common, one can imagine fans of Jamie Cullum enjoying this record quite a bit. As should fans of Lerche's previous work, if they keep their minds and ears open and give it a chance.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0094635266023
catalogNumber:
526604
Rank:
95703

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Performance Credits

Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down   Primary Artist
Mari Boine Persen   Violin
Erik Halvorson   Piano,Group Member
Sondre Lerche   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jorgen Træen   Percussion,Background Vocals
Morten Skage   Bass,Upright Bass,Group Member
Kato Ådland   Guitar,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Group Member
Faces Down Quartet   Background Vocals
Ole Ludvig Krüger   Piano,Drums,Group Member
Matias Monsen   Cello

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Paddy McAloon   Composer
Jesper Riis   String Arrangements
Sondre Lerche   Composer
Jorgen Træen   Producer,Engineer
Kato Ådland   Engineer
Jørgen Thue   Management

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Duper Sessions 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good CD with some really great songs."The Curse of being in Love" and " I wanna Call it Love" are sweet. Listen for the"hidden" track 14 -"LULU" -it's a gas man!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow- what a versitile performer. Sondres pop-rock songs are replaced here by jazz inspired tunes and as ever he comes up with a great set of songs. Try it you will like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago