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Wounded Rhymes [CD]

Lykke Li Audio CD
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Sweden’s Lykke Li is set to release her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, on her label LL Recordings on 28 February, 2011. Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John and recorded in Stockholm, Wounded Rhymes is the follow up to Lykke Li’s critically-acclaimed debut, Youth Novels.

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B004H1Z65M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Youth Knows No Pain
2. I Follow Rivers
3. Love Out Of Lust
4. Unrequited Love
5. Get Some
6. Rich Kids Blues
7. Sadness Is A Blessing
8. I Know Places
9. Jerome
10. Silent My Song

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Wounded Rhymes is the sophomore release from Swedish songstress Lykke Li. Here she casts aside the fragility and shyness of her critically acclaimed debut and moves towards a darker, commanding sound. With empowerment being a strong theme throughout the album, single "Get Some" encompasses this in its tribal nature and cult themed video. Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John, Li's otherworldly voice and presence is enhanced through the use of Hammond organs and inventive harmonies.

BBC Review

Despite acres of critical acclaim, Lykke Li’s debut album Youth Novels barely registered with the public outside of the Swedish singer’s home country. A tender blend of the funky, the sensual and the elliptical, the 2008 record will probably be discovered by gleeful new fans shortly after this second album kicks the singer’s profile up several notches.

Wounded Rhymes is another outstanding album, slightly better and definitely bigger than Youth Novels. Although there is a level of subtlety at work here far more sophisticated than most mainstream releases, the sound’s sheer size is almost overwhelming.

Driving, booming percussion, including much ominous pounding of kettle drums, is prominent in many songs, from the stirring call-to-arms opener Youth Knows No Pain to the thrillingly voyeuristic single I Follow Rivers. When these cascading beats combine with Lykke’s often bleak or malevolent lyrics, the tunes resemble a haunted wall of sound, like Phil Spector hijacking a ghost train.

Lykke’s voice occasionally recalls that of Dusty Springfield. She certainly tackles the uncertainties and unhappiness of love with as much pathos as the late soul siren. Love Out of Lust is sadder than eating alone in a public place, while the doo-wop lament of Unrequited Love is a thing of beauty and thankfully far less harrowing than its title.

The album’s centrepiece is Get Some, first unveiled online last October to grateful and justifiably excited listeners. Any song with lines like, "Like a shotgun needs an outcome / I’m your prostitute, you’re gon’ get some," must be immense, and it is. Percussion is at its most frenzied on the album, Lykke is at her most evil and decisive, and the whole thing throbs malignantly.

Special mention must also go to Jerome, the aural equivalent of Sandra Bernhard’s scary kidnapper in The King of Comedy, and Silent My Song. The latter is the only time fellow Swede alt-heroes The Knife are an overt influence. Their trademark industrial clank and foghorn/didgeridoo synth sound are all over the song like cheese on toast, while lyrics like, "I can’t tell if I am living or just holding on," would please Karin Andersson.

With Adele’s chart success, PJ Harvey’s solid new material and the possibility of a new Kate Bush album, 2011 is shaping up to be a terrific year for strong, distinctive female voices. If Wounded Rhymes brings Lykke Li huge success, it will be richly deserved.

--Lou Thomas

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely addictive 2 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I heard this in a local independant cd shop and thought it was really interesting. Bought it on a whim and played it a couple of times in the car, then played it again.....and again.....

Its different, quirky, percussive and a bit left wing, but the tunes worm into your head and you want to get to know them better, so you play it again.....

I can see this being one of my fasvourites of the year. Give it a try, play it a few times and you too could be hooked. I Follow Rivers and Get Some are just brilliant songs.

This could be massive, but I suspect it's not mainstream enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifties girl-bands meets Twin Peaks 13 July 2011
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Love this album. Has a big fifties girl-band vibe with a large dose of haunting Twin Peak echo plus some other mysterious ingredients. Just gets under your skin, find myself playing it constantly in the car. Delicious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 10 Mar 2011
By Olivarovich VINE VOICE
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I bought this album as I enjoyed her last one. I am seriously impressed. She has really stepped up and improved. It is really good album, mature, evocative, melodic and altogether lovely. Side with the angels and give it a listen.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Take your eye of the ball for one moment and suddenly early in the season Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson better known as Sweden's Lykke Li scores a very special goal. Indeed only three months into to the year she may well have recorded one of the "pop" albums of 2011 with "Wounded Rhymes" and proved yet again that the current crop of diminutive female singers (see Janelle Monae) pack a real wallop. Li is described in the blurb to accompany this album as "a Kung-fu Marianne Faithful, and an armed Nancy Sinatra on peyote" and thats fair enough as a nice bit of marketing; in fact if you were to add The Ronettes into the equation and a sprinkling of her Swedish chums The Knife you would be in the ball park in terms of influences. She is nonetheless very much her her own woman and this album has a nice dark slant to temper its more overt poppier instincts. Check out opener "Youth knows no pain" which starts with huge percussion, almost a Charlatans style key board riff and a delicious vocal by Li giving it a sixties feel which for some reason cries out to soundtrack a Austin Powers film. The single "Get some" is completely infectious and riotous where Li informs us over tribal drum that she is" like a shotgun who needs a outcome" and one would sincerely hope that the result would be a huge hit single. The latest single off the album however is "I follow rivers" which starts with a xylophone tinkle and pounds deep into you skull with a hammering pop sensibility and a daft lyric, while "Rich kid blues" could happily soundtrack a James Bond film. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unrequited but Loved nonetheless 11 Jun 2011
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I loved Lykke's first album and was a little worried as to how she could follow this up. The direction has slightly changed but worry not, the quality is there. The song-craft is in total effect as each sound becomes instantly familiar upon first listen. However, this doesn't mean that the songs are superficial, just that they have been well written and the tunes are so catchy that you swear they should have already been written. I'm not saying all is perfect, tuning is a slight issue on Unrequited Love just towards the end of the track, where the vocal grates ever so slightly. Other than this, you could pick seven or eight possible single releases. I don't think this album will propel Lykke into the mainstream but why would she want that, she's more than fine being slightly off-scene. It makes it a bit more special when you like an act as brilliant as Lykke Li and most people will never hear her songs. Unrequited indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality pop music 18 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
A very good pop album, if at least to these ears strangely reminiscent of She & Him's two albums (Volume One and Volume 2). More solid and sturdy than Lykke Li's previous album Youth Novels. All due to a kind of 'Wall Of Sound' approach like for the best pop music in the 1960s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind sadness, this album is a blessing 17 May 2011
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This is one of my favourite albums of the year so far. Lykke's lyrics are unbelievably beautiful, surpassed only (barely) by the gorgeous music that underpins them. Every track on this album is an absolute pleasure to listen to, semi-melancholy love songs that are nevertheless uplifting. Stand-out track (at a push) would probably be 'I Follow Rivers,' but dancey number 'Get Some' is a brilliantly upbeat addition. The dreamy 'I Know Places' and 'Silent My Song' will have you humming along all day. This is the perfect soundtrack to lazy summer days, or cool evenings. You will definitely not regret getting yourself a piece of Lykke.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've listened to it over and over 13 Nov 2011
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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I accidentally came across Love out of Lust and instantly wanted to listen to it over and over. What a strange mixture of submarine sounds and some echoes of what sounds like the end of Fleetwood Mac's Albatross. Ordering the CD, to my surprise I equally like Sadness is a Blessing, again reminds me of something - Leader of the Pack. My other favourite is Jerome. It's great to have the words of the songs written down - which are difficult to understand from the CD but that doesn't bother me. It all adds to the appealing weirdness of the music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lykke Li
Love Lykke Li, fantastic songs, funky folk sound and great to chill out to and to have a dance around. Just great artist.
Published 3 months ago by H
4.0 out of 5 stars Wounded Rhymes
Some of the songs may sound familiar and not too overly original, but it's almost impossible to find a weak point on this album. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hans Westerlaken
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent compilation
Excellent album of alternative music by a very talented and also beautiful artist. What a shame that her music is not played on main stream radio channels. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Leonardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I have loved this album having only bought it on the back of liking "I follow rivers". A great young artist with an unusual sound.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I just don't get it!?
I bought this album after hearing I follow rivers and as I also have the previous album. Unfortunately this second album is very much like the first one in that there are gems here... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars LYKKE
Arrived on time and in perfect condition well packed and the son has stated it was just as good as he expected it to be so thank you for that
Published 7 months ago by Mr. J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars likin it
Lykke Li does not let me down on this album but I did expect more than 10 songs. which is all that is on this cd.
Next time Lykke give us more tunes to be awed by! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
awesome sound was really surprised at her other material other than the hit in the chart totally worth exploring more of her stuff @ )
Published 20 months ago by anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Love her voice. Much better than her first album. Worth a listen give it a go. You won't regret it.
Published 22 months ago by S. J. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
I'm not good in writing. I'm much better in listening;) Lykke Li's music is breathtaking. Especially "Wounded Rhymes". Superb!!! I really like it. My best recomendation.
Published on 25 Sep 2012 by zetadam
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