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14. L6 (=Live, Love, Learn, Laugh, Lykke Li)
on 5 May 2014
If her debut, "Youth novels" (2008), was the part of flirtation, and its follow-up, "Wounded rhymes" (2011), was the part of obsession, then "I never learn", final part to Lykke Li's album trilogy, is the part of mourning. Beautifully conveying heartache, loss and desolation, all 9 tracks are naturally ballads. However, each arrangement differs from the other and offers some much needed variety: acousting guitars, gorgeous strings, towering drums, gospel choirs. It is a relatively short set by modern standards, but that brevity also works in its favour. Easily the failures of love and self pity could be tiresome across a whole album, but 33 minutes are just about right. With this set Lykke Li shows that she is positively maturing as an artist. This could be the album that will turn her from Swedish cult artist to international pop star, despite her protestations that she is really a singer-songwriter. Lykke Li was firm recently in asserting her desire to be viewed as a singer-songwriter as opposed to a pop artist. This is a genuine concern from a real artist, surely not many can doubt the fact that she is an astounding musician. Unlike most second and third instalments that are usually disappointing, "I never learn" is an album with no flaws or imperfections, full of truth and beauty. Perhaps some sort of joy against which to measure the pain could be employed. Still, just like with love itself, noone can ever be sure about what to expect when falling in love. For some, it's a blessing; for others, it's a curse.
Note: Can I just point out Lykke's uncanny resemblance to Lady GaGa on the album cover? Her and GaGa could be sisters, it's shocking!