For a couple of years now, I’d been engaged in some kind of obscurely-motivated obstinate refusal to listen to Jens Lekman. But yesterday faced with the imminent expiration of some Emusic downloads, I got Oh, You’re So Silent Lens and, um, just like everyone says it’s awesome. And, indeed, When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog is awesome, too. And I’m pretty sure that if he has other albums, they’ll be awesome as well.
The moral of the story, in short, is that I’ve got to spend more time paying attention to the conventional wisdom. Similarly, when you find everyone touting the Nordic model (here too, but you need a subscription) of economics as well as indie pop, then maybe it’s time to just embrace it.