Sondre Lerche
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Faces Down (2002), 6.5/10
Two Way Monologue (2004), 6/10
Phantom Punch (2007), 6/10
Heartbeat Radio (2009), 5/10
Sondre Lerche (2011), 4.5/10

Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche specialized in old-fashioned pop tunes that evoke the sunny 1960s.

Faces Down (2002), recorded when he was barely 18, displayed a broad range of influences (Burt Bacharach, Beach Boys, Beatles), although only a few songs matched the standards of his reference models (Things You Call Fate).

Downplaying his poppy side, Lerche achieved the decade's best imitation of Nick Drake on Two Way Monologue (2004). Even when the dynamics or the arrangement got more complex (Two Way Monologue, Wet Ground, It's Over), Lerche maintained a naive, introverted attitude that contrasted with the debut's louder ambitions.

Phantom Punch (2007) adopted a more aggressive, lean and mean stance (Face the Blood, The Tape, Phantom Punch) and experimented a bit on the genre (the lengthy Happy Birthday Girl, that sounds like ten minutes of bleeding).

The music of Heartbeat Radio (2009) is buried under Sean O'Hagan's string arrangements, and there's a reason: remove the arrangements and there is no substance.

Sondre Lerche (2011) contains very few interesting songs, one mediocre single (Private Caller) and a ballad (Coliseum Town) that possibly foretells the future of the artist.

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