Lenka - Shadows

Lenka - Shadows

Lenka's third studio album Shadows is what happens when a one hit wonder that got lucky with a second hit pushes it too far and goes down in flames when attempting a third hit.

The album opens with a series of lacklustre tunes that would have been better suited coming from the mouths of the animals that sing to Snow White.
The track 'After The Winter' even draws reference to the songbirds that cutesy Disney Princesses befriend "After the winter comes the spring/That's when the bluebird starts to sing". While the message behind the song is endearing, it's delivery is disappointingly soft and underwhelming, failing to become the substantial tune for the down trodden that she had intended.

The strong, Lenka spirit briefly shines through on the simple and stripped back 'Find A Way To You' where she pines for her lover with a series of oohs, ahs and the catchy hook "I will tunnel straight for your heart/And I will blow this whole thing apart".

But unfortunately after this short moment of quality, Snow Whites song birds return with the nauseating track 'Honeybee' where she proclaims herself to be a "humming bird\humming away the hurt". It's just unfortunate that as she hums away the hurt, she also hums away the talent.

The songs give off the vibe that Lenka has found love and while that is enchanting, it does not become her as well as previous ballsy classics like 'The Show' and 'Roll With The Punches'. Much missed tracks that I can't help but crave during the thought provoking 'The Top Of Memory Lane' that makes me wish that she would actually travel down memory lane and utilise the same skills she profoundly honed when crafting her previous hits.

By this point, the only question in my mind is: why on the earth is the album called Shadows when it's filled with such disappointingly artificial light?
This question is answered with the jewellery box tune 'No Harm Tonight' where she vows to protect her lover from shadows: "Nothing will harm you tonight/All of your shadows will turn into light". If being protected from shadows involves being subjugated to these uninspired lullabies, then her lover may want to opt out. At least this will do us a favour by giving Lenka something more edgy and tolerable to compose.

She continues to strive for empowerment as she encourages the listener to not be "afraid of what's under the bed" in 'Monster'. But if this album has proven one thing, it's that Lenka is a better writer when dealing with gutsy terms of endearment rather than attempting to incite bravery and inspiration. Perhaps it would have served her better to have actually been afraid of what hides under the bed.

Some advice Lenka. Break up with your beau, spend a month in the woods living off the earth and rediscovering yourself, donate a vital organ to a helpless child in Africa. Do something that will give you enough inspiration to compose a listenable album as cutesy love songs clearly aren't your forte.
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