On Wednesday night Jens Lekman played the first of a two night stand at Lincoln Hall. On this go round Jens had a full band in tow which made for a far superior performance to other recent Chicago tour stops which had found Lekman performing as either a two-piece or on occasion solo.
The take away for me from this show was a better appreciation for his September 2012 release I Know What Love Isn’t. Coming in I had been lukewarm on the record, but seeing it live boosted my opinion.
Jens is a splendid storyteller both in lyrics and onstage recanting the premise of several songs throughout the night. In some bizarro world he would be a slam dunk for VH1’s Storytellers.
(Like telling of how he and his friend Joel stalked Kirsten Dunst when she came to his town, bringing along the newspaper article in which she declared she was a fan of Jens on “Waiting For Kirsten.”)
Lekman really has a way with painting pictures with words. One of my favorite lines is the opening stanza of “The World Moves On” (The thermometer ran out of numbers / When it reached fifty degrees / I just lay down on the floor / With a bag of frozen peas) or on “Your Arms Around Me” in which he ‘dreamt he was carried in a kangaroo’s pouch.’
Here’s Wednesday’s setlist:
1. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name
2. Become Someone Else’s
3. I Know What Love Isn’t
4. The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
5. She Just Don’t Want To Be With You Anymore
6. Golden Key
7. The Opposite Of Hallelujah
8. Waiting for Kirsten
9. Black Cab
10. I Want A Pair Of Cowboy Boots
11. The World Moves On
12. Maple Leaves
13. Into Eternity
14. Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
15. Your Arms Around Me
16. A Postcard To Nina