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I Never Learn

Lykke Li - 2014

Lykke Li has released three albums. Her debut arrived in 2008 and unfortunately, 'Youth Novels' continues to sound rather like a diluted Lily Allen record. Over the next three years, the quirky pop music of fellow Swedes Peter, Bjorn, and John became increasingly popular. You see, each of Li’s albums has been produced by Bjorn Yttline and on her second album, Yttline helped Li to deliver the kind of music you’d hear if his own band was fronted by Lana Del Ray. I apologize for presenting such a disgusting recipe but hey, that’s what they’re servin’ at the 'Wounded Rhymes' Café! Yes, in her early days, Lykke Li was a timid vocalist who lacked direction and Scandinavian appeal without substance can only stretch so far. 'I Never Learn' is an entirely different beast. It’s heavy. It’s short. It arrives on your doorstep at some ungodly hour and cries blood for 30 minutes before crawling off to sleep in the bath. Finally, Yttline has stripped away the novelty twaddle of the P, B, and J sound. Instead, reverb drenched acoustic guitars and chamber chained pianos carry the simple chord progressions. Li’s delivery has a powerful new weight and the confessional lyrics wrench gut and heart. At times, she’s the Swedish Stevie Nicks. Elsewhere you hear Florence Welch without the grandiose pretension. It’s the sound of an artist finding her true voice. With tracks like No Rest For the Wicked, Gunshot, and Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone, you’ll be desperate to comfort a distraught Lykke Li. But she’ll push you away every time. I’m consistently drawn in by this record and keep coming back for more. What can I say? When it comes to this brand of battering beauty, I guess I Never Learn.

Posted by C. Scott

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'It arrives on your doorstep at some ungodly hour and cries blood for 30 minutes before crawling off to sleep in the bath.' - Classic. Love it. That one line is better than the entire album.

Posted almost 5 years ago by MoiAndrew Scott

Posted: 05/21/2014

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#6 favorite album of 2014

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