Jens Lekman An Argument With Myself

Jens Lekman An Argument With Myself
Tweedish troubadour Jens Lekman hasn't released a proper album since 2007, so five-song EP An Argument With Myself is a stop-gap of sorts. Though it offers a handful of curios and some mild experimentation, it also features a pair of Lekman's most infectious songs to date. While swirling together Spanish plucks, doo-wop backing vocals and fluttering keys, "A Promise" fails to go anywhere compelling. Also, "So This Guy At My Office" is little more than roundabout yacht rock. Conversely, the title track draws on Graceland-era Paul Simon and light world-beat (see Vampire Weekend) to create an utterly charming split-personality romp. Still, the disc's highlight is "Waiting for Kirsten." Using an ill-fated attempt to stalk Kirsten Dunst, complete with a Lars Von Trier reference, as a vehicle, it evolves into a gentle castigation of a changing hometown. Piling on laidback orchestration and a fantastic, sugary hook, it showcases Lekman at his storytelling best. (Secretly Canadian)