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Boomkat Product Review:
No available on cd. Having released the kind of album that goes down in some quarters as an indie-pop gem ('When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog'), the folk over at Secretly Canadian have decided to collate his three out-of-print Eps and other hard-to-come-by detritus onto two slabs of the black stuff. The result? S.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. Not so much wearing his influences on his sleeve as letting them spill unabashed from his mouth, Sweden's Jens Lekman opens with 'At The Dept. of Forgotten Songs', effectively announcing "tonight Matthew I will be performing as... The Red House Painters!". Yet whilst such aural Xeroxing can often mask a dearth of originality, Lekman merely uses it as a reference point, sculpting a gorgeous smudge of acoustic rectitude from this base. Next up is 'Maple Leaves', where the overriding tone is of The Smiths being remixed by The Avalanches (but in a good way), before 'Black Cab' slouches along like Matt Elliot drinking with Belle & Sebastian as the Velvet Underground play on the pub's jukebox... Elsewhere, 'Rocky Dennis In Heaven' sees off the eponymous alter-ego with a Walker Brothers indebted composition, whilst 'F-Word' samples Arab Strap for a mucky mouthed sing-a-long. Sweet Jens!