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Youth Novels [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 (9 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0017PCW9E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. I'm Good, I'm Gone 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Let It Fall 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. My Love 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tonight 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Little Bit 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. This Trumpet In My Head 1:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Complaint Department 4:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Breaking It Up 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Everybody But Me 3:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Time Flies 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Window Blues 3:590.79  Buy MP3 


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While at first it’s tempting to bracket youthful Stockholm pop starlet Lykke Li and her fine debut album Youth Novels in with Annie and Robyn and all those other blog-friendly Scandinavian pop songstresses, in all truthfulness it’s not a comparison that quite works. While those artists take a quite glossy, polished approach to pop artistry, Youth Novels sometimes feels quite makeshift in its design: an experimental record, albeit one that attempts to make sweet, addictive songs from unusual or unconventional elements. At first, you worry that her voice is too slight: on "Dance Dance Dance" she sounds childlike and slight, backed by little but looped percussion and thrumming bass –- but the song gradually, majestically finds its feet, as first a madly soloing saxophone and then a full choir spirits in to her aid. And as it turns out, Lykke Li is actually a pretty tough cookie. "Little Bit" is superb confessional pop, a wispy lament over the lover that values you less than you value them, while "Complaint Department" is a wonderfully stern electro rattle built from fuzzy bass and tense drums, and a fabulously terse delivery: "If you want to complain/We are not the complaints department". Not that you will, of course: Youth Novels is a touching, intelligent debut, well worthy of attention.--Louis Pattison

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh I shouldn't but I do like this! 19 May 2008
By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE
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let's get this off my hairy, neanderthal, roots rock loving, Zeppelin obsessed chest, this should not be my cup of tea. This is slightly out there, a bit leftfield and a bit poppy. However, after a few listens it appears that I get this. Think of Bjork, Royskopp and even The Eurythmics and you are starting to get a feel for what to expect from this album. It has melodies and subtle hooks with the breathy, feminime voice of Lykke Li herself. In all it is very enjoyable and a guilty pleasure I think I may revisit. The best songs are the excellent opener, "Melodies & Desires", the single "A Little Bit" and theback to back "Complaint Department" and "Breaking It Up" but there isn't really a weak track.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lykke li so 6 Sep 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
For the record, Lykke Li has one of the most punnish stage names in all of the pop world.

Fortunately the obvious jokes are no reflection on the talents of this fledgling Swedish singer (real name: Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson), whose high soft voice and uniquely pretty music are reminiscent of singers like El Perro Del Mar, Hanne Hukkelberg and Stina Nordenstam. And her full-length debut "Youth Novels" is an exquisite one -- wistful, bittersweetly elfin songs set to deceptively simple-sounding electro-folkpop.

It opens with a gentle stream of piano and strings, as Lykke Li quietly instructs a lover on how to hold her. "Follow these instructions/Do exactly as I do... Love is the harmony/Desire is the key/Love is a symphony/Now play it with me..."

Things pick up with the more "Dance Dance Dance," a simple little song about expressing your feelings via dancing ("When I'm shaking my hips/Look for the swing/The words are written in the air"), and the plunkin piano of "I'm Good I'm Gone" ("Well, say you're not 'cause when I'm gone/You'll be callin' but I won't be at the phone!"). But things start relaxing with the jazzier pop melody of "Let It Fall."

From there, Lykke Li explores some of the more mellow niches -- she tries out haunting folk songs tinged with synth, melancholy guitar pop, exquisitely wistful ballads, dark electropop, and a weird experimental number where she spends a long time muttering "can't get that trumpet outta my head... I woke up the night... can't get that trumpet outta my head!" The album ends on a rather dark note with the stomping ballad "Window Blues ("Don't go all soft on me/don't come across for me/don't lose your selfish ways over me....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is a symphony 19 Aug 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
For the record, Lykke Li has one of the most punnish stage names in all of the pop world.

Fortunately the obvious jokes are no reflection on the talents of this fledgling Swedish singer (real name: Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson), her high soft voice, and her unique brand of pop music. And her full-length debut "Youth Novels" is an exquisite little confection -- wistful, robustly elfin songs set to sweetly wintry electro-folkpop.

It opens with a gentle stream of piano and plaintive strings, as Lykke Li quietly speaks. "Follow these instructions/Do exactly as I do... Love is the harmony/Desire is the key/Love is a symphony/Now play it with me..."

Things pick up with the more "Dance Dance Dance," an adorable little song about expressing your feelings via dancing, and the hard-edged/twinkly piano of "I'm Good I'm Gone" ("Well, say you're not 'cause when I'm gone/You'll be callin' but I won't be at the phone!"). But things start relaxing with the jazzier pop melody of "Let It Fall."

From there, Lykke Li explores some more mellow electro-folkpop, with haunting folk songs tinged with synth, sweetly romantic (and slightly sexy) guitar pop, exquisitely wistful ballads, dark electropop, and a weird experimental number where she spends a long time muttering "can't get that trumpet outta my head!" The album ends on a rather dark note with the stomping ballad "Window Blues ("Don't go all soft on me/don't come across for me/don't lose your selfish ways over me...."

If I had to compare Lykke Li to somebody, I'd say she sounds like Stina Nordenstam, or a more childlike, less innocent El Perro Del Mar. But those are just stylistic similarities, because her pretty pop has a very distinct sound even in her first album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, different and fun 19 Jun 2008
By Beefer28 VINE VOICE
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The perfect singer/CD for those who appreciate the catchy appeal of the mainstream but are also attracted to the more alternative side of pop music. Lykke Li has such an interesting and enchanting voice and once you listen to her songs a few times the melodies become more and more amazing. I cannot wait for a new album and I can tell I will have a while to wait because this one has only just been released!!! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The (lost) pop album of the year 19 May 2008
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I'm finding it difficult slumped here in front of this laptop to commit words to this review because...well, I'm blown away. I'm gushing, really gushing with joy at this debut LP by Lykke Li. This is an utterly gorgeous pop album with not a single weak song on it. The last 'new' album I listened to that riveted me all the way through (because it was a similarily thrilling ride) was 'Kid A'. This had the same - if less confrontational - effect on me as I rode into London on the tube this morning with this blaring through my ears.

So why? Let me try and break it down a bit. Right from the opening track 'Melodies & Desires' there's a big wall of sound that is reminsicent of the production work of the great European chanteuses of the 1960s (think Dusty at her most melodramatic). But yet it isn't a dated retro slush-stringed sound that's being recreated by producer Bjorn Yttlng. With its big beats and occasional electronics ('Complaint Department' is a good example) it's updating that big beaty feel for the 00s. Listen to 'Handing High' with its plucky bass sound and vibraphone, 'Everybody But Me' with its lovely little horn arrangement in the background or 'Dance Dance Dance' that skips along like a France Gall B-side but to a clicking drum machine. The only comparison (which is a tad unfair given they are both Scandanavian) is the intense layered sound of Bjork's many albums. But whereas she spreads her influences far and wide, Lykke prefers to mix old & new in a unique fluffy world of her own. And I haven't even mentioned her voice yet...ahhh...it's so dreamy & cute (oops I'm gushing again..ahem...sorry).

If there's any justice Lykke Li should have every journo and pop fan clamouring at her door for adoration.
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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 1 month ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars my new favourite
love this sooo much first heard on youtube now i love everyone of her songs have both albums and listen to them almost everyday great cheap too so take a chance nice.
Published 7 months ago by S. E. Feldman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this so much!
I watched the vampire diaries and heard one of her songs and i went on here and bought this album and i was so happy. Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by Michelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, Not Good Packaging
This album is amazing, of course.

But the CD casing looked like it had been put together by a 8-year-old. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by lotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Internal damage to CD jewel case.
The external packaging was OK, but when I opened the CD, the spindle that holds the CD in the jewel case was damaged (5 of the plastic tabs were broken). Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by Steve L
5.0 out of 5 stars Youth Novels should be in everyone's collection
I heard this on BBC's coverage of Glastonbury last year when she did a session for Jo Whiley. Absolutely stunning album, she has a great voice and soulful melodies combining with... Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by Paul Mynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and edition
Lykke Li is defenetly one of the relevations of 2008/2009. 'Youth Novels' is a great album, and this 'limited edition' offers a good slim digi pack and two extra tracks.
Published on 8 May 2009 by Jose Pedro Lopes
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning atmospheric debut
For a country which produces so many artists it takes something special from a debut artist to make me listen more than a couple of times, this did it. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2008 by Mr. L. Mullin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Breezy Pop
I'd never heard of Lykke Li before, but I'm sure we'll all be hearing a lot more of her after word gets around about her debut album. Read more
Published on 30 July 2008 by Particular Press
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Gentle
I found Lykke Li's voice angelic & sweet. Her style reminds me of the Cardigans & alittle bit Bjork. The songs are intertwined with alot of instruments & somewhat different. Read more
Published on 18 July 2008 by White Eagle
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