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I Never Learn
     

I Never Learn

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by Lykke Li
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0825646306046
catalogNumber:
542391
Rank:
63004

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Performance Credits

Lykke Li   Primary Artist,Vocals,Harmony
Vincent Brantley   Choir, Chorus
Greg Kurstin   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Mellotron
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar
Christopher Öhman   Viola
Sean Dancy   Choir, Chorus
Leo Svensson   Cello
Björn Yttling   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Sitar,Zither,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron
Calle Olsson   Synthesizer
Andreas Forsman   Violin
Ketil Solberg   Violin
Lasse Mårtén   Percussion
Andrea Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Anders Pettersson   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
John Eriksson   Percussion
Cecilia Linné   Cello
Erik Arvinder   Violin
Mariam Wallentin   Vocals
Lars Skoglund   Percussion,Drums
Erik Holm   Viola
Brandon Hampton   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Tjarnkvist   Electric Guitar
Conny Lindgren   Violin
Amanda Hollingby Matsson   Vocals
Talitha Manor   Choir, Chorus
Katherine Dancy   Choir, Chorus
Yolanda Dancy   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Rick Nowels   Composer,Engineer
Nille Perned   Engineer
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Björn Yttling   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lasse Mårtén   Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Producer
Lykke Li   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Hans Stenlund   Engineer
Gustav Lindelöw   Engineer
Trevor Yasuda   Engineer
Julian Burg   Engineer
Viktor Bälter-Lundin   Engineer
Karl Lindman   Art Direction

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