Lenka
Lenka


2.5
average

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
October 24th, 2008 | 27 replies | 10,181 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is awesome for the first five songs, and then just gets old.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Of all of the genres of alt/Indie, my favorite is indie pop by far. What’s the reasoning behind this? Well, first, the genre is incredibly accessible, while at the same time amazing musically. Also, the genre is influenced by 60’s era baroque pop, but also has some modern ambient influences and at times experiment structures and build-ups, which I can appreciate if done properly. This brings me to my final reason for liking indie pop is it’s incredibly fun to listen to. This now brings me to Australian solo artist Lenka Kripac. As an indie pop artist, she is not cutting edge in the least, but what she does bring is some of the most accessible indie pop known to mankind.

From the very start of the album, her soothing vocals calm your ears, establishing a tonal quality she maintains throughout the album. On the other hand, the songwriting on the album is mediocre at best. The songs just seem to repeat the same recycled ideas over and over again, and while it’s fun for maybe the first 5 songs, it gets old after that stretch of time. Other than a few songs, the album doesn't really stand out as innovative and cutting edge, or even really indie in a sense. The tunes on the album are mostly just pop songs with some Beatles influence, and as sweet as they are, they really don't stand out in the crowd. The instruments on the album are the same as any other pop record, piano, acoustic guitars, drums, the works. On the this record the piano is the leader of the pack on the album, and while the piano does play simple stuff for the most part, the tunes they play are enjoyable for moments. Acoustic guitars are used for ballad songs, such as the joyfully slow "Knock Knock". For the most part, the instruments just lay low and play simple stuff, but like the opener "The Show" and "Knock Knock", they can become the backing for enjoyable songs.

Another problem that people may have with this album is the production, because at times the album feels over-produced. This, however, is also a positive for the album because it gives it a candy-like feel when listening, and for a lot of pop fans that is a major plus. So to summarize: with her self-titled debut, Lenka Kripac has managed to make some of the catchiest and most enjoyable indie pop in a while, but at the cost of interesting songwriting and originality. Still the album is a fun listen every once in a while, and can be enjoyed by nearly anyone.

Recommended Tracks:
“Knock Knock”
“The Show”
“Skipalong”



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marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


Nice soundoff lolz


bastard
October 24th 2008



3435 Comments


meh...

got someone to help me edit this

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


This genre is influenced by 60’s era baroque pop, but also has some modern ambient influences.

That just really seems like it came out of left field...methinks you should expand on that first paragraph/make it flow a wee bit better...

BallsToTheWall
October 24th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Of all of??? Well add a little, I don't mind short. i like this chick though, very pleasant.

bastard
October 24th 2008



3435 Comments


yeah I am going to do that.

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You really are living up to your title- I was going to review this.

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 24th 2008



3743 Comments


im cool with short reviews, but this needs a bit more info. you have one and a half paragraphs on the music going, just try and beef this up.

bastard
October 24th 2008



3435 Comments


you have one and a half paragraphs on the music going, just try and beef this up.


I am probably going to do that in a lil while.

You really are living up to your title- I was going to review this.


You still can, your opinion is different enough from mine.This Message Edited On 10.24.08

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2008



20800 Comments


I always thought we could turn Bastard into a naturalized Aussie.
Decent review Max, as you outline the positives & negatives clearly enough. Although, some sentences don't really flow all that well (especially in the first paragraph).
Lenka is not all that big at all as yet down under, but she is getting a name for herself gradually.

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Champ, did you ever watch Cheez TV?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2008



20800 Comments


Umm, no. Wasn't that a show for like 8 year olds?

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was a kid's show, yeah. I was a kid when it was on.
Lenka was a co-host on it. She was also in the Australian film The Dish, and has guested on albums by Decoder Ring and paulmac.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2008



20800 Comments


DavID, you are a freakin' encyclopedia of all things Australian pop culture. I now think much lesser of Bastard's review for not having mentioned these facts.

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had the biggest friggin' crush on her back in the day. This album has simply reinvigorated it.

bastard
October 24th 2008



3435 Comments


you silly aussies, your making me work hardER!!!

Auldy
October 25th 2008



351 Comments


i would buy this album just based on her smile in the film clip for 'the show'. But I love decoder ring so i'll probably pick this up eventually

jrowa001
October 25th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is a good and fun album. its a grower

Captain North
October 25th 2008



6743 Comments


Woah...Lenka was a co-host on cheez-tv? I remember there being two guys...

AtavanHalen
October 25th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yep, there was Jade and Ryan. But she was often a part of the show.

rasputin
October 25th 2008



14504 Comments


Cheez-TV ruled, but then it became shit, and I don't know what its equivalent is like now.



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