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I Never Learn
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Lykke Li's new album is the final part of a trilogy, following debut "Youth novels" and follow-up, "Wounded rhymes". If "Youth novels" was the part of flirtation, and "Wounded rhymes" was the part of obsession, these 9 new songs are the part of mourning. This set proves that Lykke Li is positively maturing as an artist, she hasn't lost her knack for penning great melodies; each of the tracks is a ballad, yet, every song has something different to recommend: acousting guitars, gorgeous strings, towering drums, gospel choirs. It's a relatively short album by modern standards - just 33 minutes long - beautifully conveying heartache, loss and desolation. That brevity works in its favour, easily someone could argue that the failures of love and self pity could be tiresome across a whole album. If, by the time final track "Sleeping alone" comes to a close, you feel like reaching for the play button once again, do not be surprised!

Apparently, "I never learn" is meant to be the album that will turn Lykke Li from Swedish cult artist to international pop star, despite her protestations that she's really a singer-songwriter. She was firm recently in asserting her desire to be viewed as a singer-songwriter as opposed to a pop artist. That would probably be a genuine concern from a real artist, I don't think many would doubt the fact that Lykke Li is an astounding musician (can I just point out, also, her uncanny resemblance to Lady GaGa on the album cover?). Unlike most third instalments, "I never learn" is anything but a disappointment, it 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, no one can ever be sure about what to expect when falling in love; for some, it's a blessing; for others, it's a curse. I'm on Lykke Li's side, so hey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2015
To call Lykke Li's third LP bleak would be putting it mildly. Penned following a particularly brutal break-up, this collection of 10 tracks is awash with sadness, despair and regret. The highlight is 'Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone', a beautiful ballad backed only by a scratchy acoustic guitar, with Li's vulnerable vocal cracking under the pressure towards the end. It's genuinely upsetting. The only misstep is 'Heart of Steel', with a choir-backed crescendo that veers a little too close to 'X-Factor winners single' territory. Otherwise, 'I Never Learn' is a beautifully affecting ode to the perils of love and loss.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I can't stop listening to this. Lykke Li has that unique sound with a soulful/gospel inflection. It's less poppy than her previous stuff and it makes for an absorbing listen. The best songstress out there right now.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
Another wonderful album from Lykke Li. Possibly the best of her three studio albums to date, it is tuneful and lyrically thoughtful. She seems to be pouring out her heart on this one. Basically Lykke has the natural ability to write a good melody line and every track on I Never Learn is excellent.

Whether you are a Lykke Li fan or not I would suggest this is an album worth having in your collection. So can I find any fault in it? Only that it is a bit short at 33 minutes and nine tracks. I would have liked more!
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on 21 December 2014
Great album, easy listening and some stunning tracks.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2014
I bought this album primarily on the TV advert, Shotgun, but then discovered that the rest of the tracks are just as good. I would never have guessed that I would have listen so much to a modern music set. Just goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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on 2 December 2014
Lykke Li is great. another very good album
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on 5 November 2014
Bought as a present & recipient delighted
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on 6 December 2014
Not her best but very good all the same
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on 28 March 2015
Wonderfully melancholy and original.
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