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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886972273228
  • Catalog Number: 722732
  • Sales rank: 3,490

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Show (3:55)
  2. 2 Bring Me Down (3:28)
  3. 3 Skipalong (3:52)
  4. 4 Don't Let Me Fall (2:50)
  5. 5 Anything I'm Not (3:18)
  6. 6 Knock Knock (3:40)
  7. 7 Dangerous and Sweet (3:31)
  8. 8 Trouble Is a Friend (3:35)
  9. 9 Live Like You're Dying (3:49)
  10. 10 Like a Song (3:20)
  11. 11 We Will Not Grow Old (3:18)
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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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Lenka!

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Debut Album!

    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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