10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lykke Li’s fourth album shifts away from the dream-poppy breakup ballads of 2014's I Never Learn toward airy, melancholic takes on trap and R&B. Despite the contemporary framing (the idea of sadness itself has become a topic of campy, meme-driven internet fascination), so sad so sexy feels less like a bandwagon jump than the work of a singer/songwriter committed to exploring blue moods in all their musical forms. It hints at girl-group pop (“utopia”), power ballads (“bad woman,” “so sad so sexy”), prewar torch songs, and the gilded ennui of artists like Lana Del Rey and Drake (“hard rain,” “deep end”). Wounded but quietly triumphant, so sad is the sound of the cloud—and its silver lining.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lykke Li’s fourth album shifts away from the dream-poppy breakup ballads of 2014's I Never Learn toward airy, melancholic takes on trap and R&B. Despite the contemporary framing (the idea of sadness itself has become a topic of campy, meme-driven internet fascination), so sad so sexy feels less like a bandwagon jump than the work of a singer/songwriter committed to exploring blue moods in all their musical forms. It hints at girl-group pop (“utopia”), power ballads (“bad woman,” “so sad so sexy”), prewar torch songs, and the gilded ennui of artists like Lana Del Rey and Drake (“hard rain,” “deep end”). Wounded but quietly triumphant, so sad is the sound of the cloud—and its silver lining.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
107 Ratings
107 Ratings
hayden casey ,

a change of pace

lykke li is switching up her sound for her fourth album, with the addition of trap sounds and electronic, poppy flourishes, but don't expect a regression in quality. can't wait for the entire LP!

dybgd ,

Disappointed

What happened to Lykke?? This album sounds so ordinary. Even having more foul language to appease the crowd of today. Sad. Still 2 stars cuz I look forward to her trying again.

SamTMA ,

Wow

The sound, the production, and the feelings.. this is gonna be spectacular

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