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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,416 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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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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LYKKE LI Wounded Rhymes (2011 UK 10-track CD album - Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John and recorded in Stockholm Wounded Rhymes is the follow up to Lykke Lis critically-acclaimed debut Youth Novels. Wounded Rhymes is oneof the most tremendous records you will hear in 2011. Channeling the demise of The Shangri-Las Leader of the Pack women under the influence ladies and gentlemen of the canyon a Kung-fu Marianne Faithful and an armed Nancy Sinatra on peyote Lykke Li has created a ten song album that sounds like no other. The record is packed full of pounding voodoo drums girl group gang vocals sparkling guitar lines woozy keyboards love unrequited hope reignited and her own very powerful voice sounding bigger and bolder than ever before. Includes the singles Get Some & I Follow Rivers)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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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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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 Brilliant, haunting sophomore effort 3 Aug 2011
By Avg Joe
Format:Audio CD
By all means, highly recommended. 'Wounded Rhymes' is just about in all ways a step up from 'Youth Novels,' in its sound, scope, and musicianship. Whereas YN was great, but somewhat cute and reserved in some places, not much was held back here. LL is much more assured with her lyrics and her vocalizing, and they get center stage rather than the instruments, especially on the sparer slow tracks. The songs and talent simply feel more mature: sometimes darker sometimes softer, but almost always fuller. The sound resembles kindred talents like The Knife/Fever Ray/Bjork (sparse sometimes twitchy melodies in echoey, cavernous settings) and Annie/Robyn/Royksopp (catchy hooks, danceability), but LL is also all alone in her world. 'I follow rivers' and 'Lust out of life,' a great one-two punch, are absolutely addictive, as are 'I know places' and 'Get some'. The only stinker (for me) in this set is 'Rich kids blues'; awkward and derivative, esp the chorus, it gets skipped a lot, which is actually a helluva lot when the rest is so superb, so irresistible. Finally, the album is paced astonishingly well, a rarity these days. So one wants to listen to the whole thing in sequence as an opus, rather than key tracks over and over again, or on shuffle. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded 2 July 2011
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Without doubt a brlliant and original sound , not a weak track on here , hard to compare because the brilliant vocals and amazing music are unique almost like a new formula the producer of this work should be very proud , each track oozes brilliance , reminds me of when i first heard duffy's rock ferry and each track sent a shiver down my spine , one reviewer describes this as a great wall of sound and thats precisely what it is , Its so nice to buy a cd unheard , play it and find it exceeds your expectations , some might say some of the reviews here are perhaps over enthusiastic but just listen to this album and you might agree its a nominee for a top album of 2011 its mesmerising and goes from strength to strength ...
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lykke Lots! 9 Jun 2011
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Having relatively recently discovered the delights of the immensely talented Lykke Li, I have absolutely no option but to say 'watch out world!'. What we have here is a talent that is above & beyond the expectations of a 24 year old songwriter & a rare change from the current stream of bubble-gum pop manufactured by the faceless corporate big-wigs in their quest for mind numbing world domination....( and breath!).
From the opening line through to the final note, this album is a sheer delight on ones ears, just sit back & allow yourself to be transported to another world, let the melody wash over you like a warm summer breeze whilst listening to the clever musings of an old head on young shoulders.
whether you Lykke (see what I did there?)it or not, the marvelous Miss Li is going to be around for some time to come, so do yourself a favour & get on board from the ground floor, you won't be disappointed.
YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality pop music 18 May 2011
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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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3.0 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 24 days 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 1 month 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 6 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 14 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 15 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 19 months ago by zetadam
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
The item was in perfect conditions just as the seller said. Good quality of CD and the case wasn't scratched.
Published 22 months ago by irenacea
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I love the drumming In the songs I had never heard of lykke li but I will lookout for her now
Published 23 months ago by Tommy b
5.0 out of 5 stars I've listened to it over and over
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... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Four Violets
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely attractive
Not listened to it as much as I would like but I do like what I hear.
Appealing voice and interesting production. Nice natural sounding drums and a sparse "studio sound". Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Hard to Please
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