Lykke Li
Wounded Rhymes


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
April 10th, 2011 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: youth knows no pain.

Lykke Li’s debut record Youth Novels was received reasonably well on its release in 2008, but its minimalistic approach to indie pop rendered it somewhat monotonous and I was never really impressed by any of her individual songs, let alone an entire album of them. Three years have passed and the Swedish sweetheart has returned to grace our ears with more of her airy vocals and graceful composition, except this time she has my full attention.

The first thing that struck me when listening to Wounded Rhymes is how much Lykke Li had matured in the three years since her debut – there is a considerable development of her sound on this record, in respect to nearly every conceivable faculty. The minimalism in production and structure is still apparent to an extent, but only on a select few tracks; what really makes this album so good is the way Lykke Li has incorporated a more bombastic dynamic in several key tracks, somewhat reminiscent of Bat for Lashes. Tracks like the ‘Youth Knows No Pain’ and ‘Jerome’ recall 80s synth-based pop music in all of its glory, but maintain a dark and cathartic mood that juxtaposes with the typical pop-inspired songs.

The aforementioned juxtaposition, however, is one thing that holds the record back, hindering it from being an entirely cohesive piece of work. While the moody and uplifting tranquillity of ‘Love Out of Lust’ is very welcome, one feels that it doesn’t quite go with the dance-y likes of ‘Rich Kids Blues’. The same could be said about the poppy ‘Sadness is a Blessing’ compared to the slow-moving and therapeutic ‘I Know Places', or the anthemic nature of ‘Youth Knows No Pain’ compared to the Shangri-Las-esque ‘Unrequited Love’. While this is only a minor complaint, it stops the record as a whole to be entirely fulfilling, despite the fact that there are some really great tracks here.

I can wholeheartedly say that I thoroughly enjoyed Wounded Rhymes and continue to do so. It’s a huge improvement from her first album and shows that Lykke Li has finally become comfortable as a song-writer – hopefully this development that I’ve appreciated isn’t a one-off and she continues to advance. This record most certainly leads to the assumption that she will.



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rasputin
April 10th 2011


14555 Comments


wrote this very quickly

gaslightanthem
April 10th 2011


5209 Comments


she's stupidly attractive

Chrisjon89
April 10th 2011


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review - I completely agree with the rating.

gaslightanthem
April 10th 2011


5209 Comments


also i like this record 2

taylormemer
April 10th 2011


4953 Comments


Nice.

Chrisjon89
April 10th 2011


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

She's pretty hot, yeah. My favourites here are Youth Knows No Pain, the two singles, Rich Kid Blues and I Know Places, especially the last two minutes or so.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2011


31620 Comments


This sounds really interesting

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

Chrisjon89
April 10th 2011


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Worth a look. I was more impressed by her first album than Rasputin was by the sounds of it. 'I'm Good I'm Gone' was awesome I thought.

bornthetravestyofman
April 10th 2011


70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The throwbackness of "Unrequited Love" makes it one of my favorite tracks of 2011. This album is such a breath of fresh air. Li is a fantastic artist and I look forward to seeing what she can put out next.

AggravatedYeti
April 10th 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hot damn a rasp review!

dylantheairplane
April 10th 2011


2171 Comments


I Follow Rivers is easily her best song

relativeworld
April 10th 2011


289 Comments


A really promising musician !
Just listened to I follow rivers and Get some...which were innovatively good...
I recommend everyone to watch I follow rivers' video which ends with a melancholically tearjerking scene.

Review was a very nice read, by the way, Thanks !



rasputin
April 10th 2011


14555 Comments


I Follow Rivers is easily her best song


it's easily the worst song on this album

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Been pretty pleased with this album. Stronger and more memorable than her first.

Shoegazer29
April 10th 2011


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I love this album - one of 2011's strongest LPs so far by my estimation.

I was a fan of Youth Novels, but it was scattershot and featured some bizarre one-off experiments. This records has no time for such indulgences, and emerges a consistently strong, focused work.

The reviewer mentions a disconnect between the varying styles of different tracks, but I don't notice anything of the sort. It's pretty par for the course for a pop album to feature ballads, and to Li's credit no one track slows the momentum of the record. The ending of "I Know Places" is the one point where the production differs significantly from everything else, but I think it's a beautiful moment that sends the listener into the same haunted headspace she's singing about for much of the album.

Quibbles aside, I'm glad Lykke Li is gaining the respect and attention of more and more music fans. Here's to hoping she continues releasing music long into the future.

dylantheairplane
April 10th 2011


2171 Comments


"It's easily the worst song on this album"


How so? Do explain

rasputin
April 10th 2011


14555 Comments


...

in the sense that all the other songs are better than it

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2011


15082 Comments


i listened to i follow rivers and loved it, i'll listen to this sometime

brutebeard
April 17th 2011


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I Follow Rivers and Love out of Lust are the best

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 30th 2011


4956 Comments


sup bropeth



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