13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lykke Li’s 2008 debut, Youth Novels, seemed to revel in its spare pop sound, with some songs shivering in their nakedness while delivering slightly experimental but soulful pop that intrigued the listener. On the Swedish star’s follow-up, Wounded Rhymes, Li goes for bigger and bolder statements, especially riffing on ‘60s girl groups, turning their naïve and vulnerable cores inside out. Songs like the catchy, finger-snapping “Youth Knows No Pain” and the winsome “Sadness Is A Blessing” are full of ringing piano, syncopated handclaps and tambourines. The rest of the album carries a less pronounced vintage feel, though the “wall of sound” reverb is omnipresent. “Get Some” and “Rich Kid Blues” are dark and fertile, full of exciting percussion and atmospherics (twangy guitar, booming bass drums, sitars), and Li’s vocals are powerful throughout — she’s left the waif behind. Though Li is young, and collaborates on projects with mainstream names like Kanye West, Glee and Twilight, her work is mature and sophisticated, far from the formulaic, watered down pap often served up in commercial form.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lykke Li’s 2008 debut, Youth Novels, seemed to revel in its spare pop sound, with some songs shivering in their nakedness while delivering slightly experimental but soulful pop that intrigued the listener. On the Swedish star’s follow-up, Wounded Rhymes, Li goes for bigger and bolder statements, especially riffing on ‘60s girl groups, turning their naïve and vulnerable cores inside out. Songs like the catchy, finger-snapping “Youth Knows No Pain” and the winsome “Sadness Is A Blessing” are full of ringing piano, syncopated handclaps and tambourines. The rest of the album carries a less pronounced vintage feel, though the “wall of sound” reverb is omnipresent. “Get Some” and “Rich Kid Blues” are dark and fertile, full of exciting percussion and atmospherics (twangy guitar, booming bass drums, sitars), and Li’s vocals are powerful throughout — she’s left the waif behind. Though Li is young, and collaborates on projects with mainstream names like Kanye West, Glee and Twilight, her work is mature and sophisticated, far from the formulaic, watered down pap often served up in commercial form.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
524 Ratings
524 Ratings
EthanEthan ,

Wow She's really good

Lykke Li is so amazing, so talented.
This album is... There is no words to describe it, she's left me speechless.

I must say tho I was a little worried that it wouldn't b as good as youth novels, but it's actually super great! I definitely think she's changed alot since her first album, matured vocally and lyrically for sure.
The music is good, you'd be crazy not to get this

musiccc354 ,

Thumbs Up.

Lykke Li never ceases to amaze me. She stuck to her roots in this album and brought out her signature style in each song. Incredible musician. Incredible music. Definitely worth your 12 dollars.

Gugu21 ,

Love! <3

I loooove Lykke Li, but this album was a tiny bit disappointing. I love all of her music because her voice is just SO captivating but I like her old music from Youth Novels better, this album is still really good my favorites are I Follow Rivers and I Know Places. So calm and peaceful! Well I love it and hope you do too :)

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