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Sondre Lerche, ‘Sondre Lerche’ (Mona)

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // June 7, 2011

For album six, this notoriously restless Norwegian flouts expectation in the oddest way yet: He repeats himself. Offering a slightly subtler take on the style-shuffling of 2009’s Heartbeat Radio, Lerche somehow never loses cohesion. Chalk it up to his honeyed voice and unfailing pop craft, whether he’s playing taut Bacharach chamber folk (“Ricochet”), Costello-clever pub rock (“Private Caller”), bluesy Lennon-esque psychedelia (“Tied Up to the Tide”), or frenzied synth strangeness (“Go Right Ahead”).