Jens Lekman is certainly lacking his usual wryness and wit in these ten tracks of heartbreak and acceptance. His last album, Night Falls Over Kortedala, managed to be both eclectic and convincingly sequenced into a brilliantly sweet and funny collection of songs. Lekman considers I Know What Love Isn’t to be his debut, since it is the first to be recorded cohesively as such, unlike Kortedala which was a collection of songs he had accumulated over time. The cohesiveness is both this album’s strength and weakness: whereas you could usually dip into the recesses of his discography guiltlessly, there is a strong narrative of love lost in these ten tracks that encourage a complete listen through.
A good contemporary reference point for this album’s sound outside of Lekman’s discography is the recent lounge-pop (sounds horrifically dull, but give it a chance!) stylings of Kaputt by Destroyer.