Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
"Water Runs Dry"
Jens Lekman covers Boyz II Men
Frank YangI don’t think this one requires an awful lot of explanation. Stereogum sets the scene: November 2008 at the Google Lounge in New York’s Lower East Side, where one Jens Lekman, there as a guest of Frida Hyvönen, seats himself at a piano and with the crowd chatter and beats of dance music carrying on in the background, performs a beautiful solo cover of Boyz II Men’s 1995 hit song, condensing their four lead vocals to just his own and making it that much more earnest and lovely. And as he says as he wraps up, “it was not a guilty pleasure, just pleasure”.
Lekman’s new record I Know What Love Isn’t comes out this week and he plays The Phoenix on October 4. Boyz II Men released their latest album Twenty – presumably in reference to their years as performers – last Fall.