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Album Review

There has always been something captivating about Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li. From the minimalist mix of icy electronics and playful indie pop of her 2008 debut Youth Novels to the weightier, percussive anthems on 2011's Wounded Rhymes, she has flexed her considerable creative muscle but never quite managed to dial in on a sound that would define her. She manages a tunefulness that aspires to great pop heights, yet retains the wintry austerity of her Nordic roots. On her third album, 2014's I Never Learn, she manages to meld both of those assets into a beautifully crafted set of lonesome break-up ballads. Like a snowbound version of Beck's Sea Change, the album gets sad and personal on somber tracks like "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone" and "Sleeping Alone," which count among some of the sparer arrangements. Co-producing with longtime collaborator Björn Yttling (of Peter Björn and John), Li has built a true Wall of Sound around her songs, adding enough reverb to last the rest of her career. Most of the time this works well, with excellent tracks like "Just Like a Dream" and the huge pop ballad "Never Gonna Love Again" reaching for the skies with anthemic choruses that could very well vault her into the pop stardom she's been flirting with for years. It's not a particularly warm album either in tone or delivery, and there remains the feeling of being kept at arm's length even as Li spills her heart out. But perhaps that unattainability is part of her allure. She sounds every bit the wounded princess, unwilling to let anyone help her pick up the pieces as she delivers these lovely, sad songs from behind a shroud of her own making.

Customer Reviews

Wow

Looking forward to hearing the whole album -heard I follow Rivers in Germany last year which was a hit all over Europe and yet failed to draw much attention in the UK. A great album to chill out to at home or on the beach

The best yet

The most mature and moving album yet - I always thought she was an amazing singer but these more stripped songs really showcase her voice and the emotion in it , just listen to the whole album! X

Such a talented lady

I love Lykke Li. Always have done. This album is so refreshing compared to the last. More exposed. I love it. She is super talented. Awesome live too. And will see her in London next week. So excited

Biography

Born: 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Swedish indie pop artist Lykke Li Zachrisson (better known as Lykke Li) grabbed the attention of international bloggers in the early 2000s with a handful of catchy, retro-chic singles made available on her MySpace profile. Armed with sensuous, barely there vocals and backed up by a quirky, bass-heavy electro dance sound (courtesy of producer Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John), Lykke Li released her debut EP, 2007's Little Bit, on her own fledgling LL Recordings label. The disc's title track...
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I Never Learn, Lykke Li
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock, Electronic, World, Europe
  • Released: 02 May 2014

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