Lenka

Lenka

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Those looking to satisfy a sweet-toothed craving for pop music should sink their teeth into this debut, which introduces Lenka as one of 2008's strongest newcomers. Horns, cellos, violas, keyboards, and vibraphones share equal space here, creating a sound that's at once lushly elegant and bubbly commercial. Having already cut her teeth with the…  See more details below

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Those looking to satisfy a sweet-toothed craving for pop music should sink their teeth into this debut, which introduces Lenka as one of 2008's strongest newcomers. Horns, cellos, violas, keyboards, and vibraphones share equal space here, creating a sound that's at once lushly elegant and bubbly commercial. Having already cut her teeth with the Decoder Ring, Lenka now asserts herself as a competent vocalist and songwriter, penning three of the album's tracks while co-writing the remaining eight. "The Show," "Bring Me Down," and "Trouble Is a Friend" all brim with the cleverly crafted hooks of a Max Martin composition, and Lenka's fondness for internal rhyme helps tighten her phrases into concentrated balls of pop melody. The results are pure radio gold, perhaps alarmingly so, but Lenka's voice helps bring a sense of playfulness to what might otherwise be an exercise in all too perfect pop music. Singing in her endearing Australian accent, she shifts between the breathy sighs of "Don't Let Me Fall" and the measured, innocent confidence of "Like a Song." Quiet piano chords and a sparse trumpet riff provide the instrumental backing for the latter tune, and "Like a Song" shows that Lenka still shines when the thick instrumental padding is stripped away, making this candy-coated debut that much sweeter.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0886972273228
catalogNumber:
722732
Rank:
13274

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lenka   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes
Keith Ciancia   Drums,Keyboards
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Strings,Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Mark Goldenberg   Bass
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Roland Kato   Viola
Trevor Lawrence   Drums
Danny Levin   Trombone,Trumpet,Vocals
Pierre Marchand   Bass,Accordion
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Alagia   Acoustic Guitar
Sean Hurley   Bass
Joey Waronker   Drums
Stuart Brawley   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,Timpani,Vibes
Mike Elizondo   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Mellotron,Vibes
Maxime St-Pierre   Horn
Joe Corcoran   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Zac Rae   Piano,Keyboards
Howie Day   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Paz Lenchantin   Violin
Philip Vaiman   Violin
Adam MacDougall   Piano,Keyboards
Ana Lenchantin   Cello
Missy Higgins   Vocals
Lester Nuby   Drums
Tereza Stanislav   Strings,Violin
Jason Reeves   Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Pascal Shefteshy   Guitar
Wes Precourt   Violin
Mario de León   Violin,Concert Master
Matthew Funes   Viola
Daniel Thouin   Organ,Piano
James Gulliver Hancock   Vocals
Dave Kostiner   Vocals
Jean Philippe Goncalves   Drums
Maxime Saint Pierre   Trumpet,Horn
Dan Thouin   Organ,Piano
Brian Macleod   Drums
Keefus Ciancia   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dan Burns   Composer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
John Alagia   Producer,Audio Production
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Stuart Brawley   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Mike Elizondo   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Pierre Girard   Engineer
Joe Corcoran   Programming,Engineer
Billy Mohler   Composer
Jason Lader   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jason Reeves   Composer
Thomas Salter   Composer
Sheri Lee   Art Direction
Pascal Shefteshy   Engineer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements
Lenka   Composer
David Campbell   Arranger

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Lenka 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KB-90 More than 1 year ago
Another one I first heard at Barnes & Noble. At first I wasn't sure what to think, she is definitely a unique artist. But this album has grown on me SO much and she is one of my favorite artists! This album is awesome, very unique but great, great music. Very upbeat, an awesome debut album. I think she has the potential to make it really big.
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No-Hair-Man More than 1 year ago
Lenka the keyboardest and lead singer of the Australian group "Decoder Ring" has emerged on the scene with an outstanding Solo album. The songs are at once catchy and pop while at the same time have complex arrangements. The Album includes "The Show" which was featured on Ugly Betty and also used in a comercial for Old Navy. My personal favorite from the album is "Trouble Is A Friend" Perhaps the best arrangement is on the song "Bring me Down", which starts out lush and turns into pop. As a side note be sure to check out her videos for both "The Show" and "Trouble is A Friend" buth are posted on Youtube and they are some of the best videos I've seen in yesrs.
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