Review: Indie Singer Jens Lekman Spins Tales on 'Life Will See You Now'

Our take on the Swedish songwriter's fourth album

'Life Will See You Now' is the fourth album from Jens Lekman Credit: Ellika Henrikson

Singer Jens Lekman has always reveled in quirky, whimsical storytelling, sort of like the indie-pop inverse of Tom Waits. His fourth LP, Life Will See You Now, presents 10 new vignettes with a bizarre cast featuring a Mormon missionary seeking the meaning of life, a pair of friends joyriding on a hotwired Ferris wheel in the middle of the night and a man curiously examining a 3-D printout of his own tumor. One disco-y tune recounts "How We Met, the Long Version," but it goes back to the Big Bang. Although Lekman's voice sometimes sounds like Morrissey doing a Kermit the Frog impression, he revels in strong songwriting and brilliant hooks played on steel drums, funky horns and hip-hop bells.