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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B00JA2YFY6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li (AKA Li Lykke Timotej Svensson Zachrisson) releases her third studio album entitled I Never Learn. The follow up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed Wounded Rhymes is available through LL Recordings / Atlantic Records.

Co-produced by long-time collaborator Björn Yttling, Greg Kurstin and for the first time by Lykke herself, I Never Learn is the third and final part in a trilogy. Taking inspiration from her LA surroundings where much of the record was recorded, Lykke commented, "Every song on the album is a power ballad. Like one of those old radio stations. This is a slow dance; a slow burner."

With song titles like "Never Gonna Love Again", "Sleeping Alone" and "Heart of Steel", I Never Learn was inspired by heartbreak and Lykke’s songwriting is all the more devastating for it. One of the lead tracks "No Rest For The Wicked" is key to the whole album. "I wrote it in Sweden when I was packing up my stuff, and I’d just gotten out of a relationship and it was a horrible time. I just had the hurt, shame, sadness, guilt, longing. In the verse, I’m referring to myself pleading guilty but I’m referring to all of us."

About the Artist
Six years before the release of I Never Learn, Lykke’s pop confessional Youth Novels catapulted her into the limelight. Her debut established her as one of those rare gems: an authentic artist, who deals only in raw emotional truth. The album topped every end of year list and allowed her to travel the globe showcasing her stripped down, percussive and frenetic live show to rapturous applause.

2011’s Wounded Rhymes cemented her position as a mainstay in the musical landscape. With its unique mix of 60s girl group vocals, tribal drum fills and a new, more self-assured and powerful vocal performance from Lykke herself, her second studio album secured her more accolades (Swedish Grammy Awards for Best Artist and Best Album), high profile TV appearances (Late Night with David Letterman, Later…with Jools Holland, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and cover features (Spin, Fader, Notion).

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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. Following a painful break-up, Lykke Li spent 2 and a half years writing these 9 heart-wrenching ballads, filled with heartache, loss and desolation. Being the astounding musician that she is, she has injected these songs with a different arrangement to make each one stand out: acousting guitars, gorgeous strings, towering drums, gospel choirs. It is a relatively short set by modern standards, just 33 minutes long, but that brevity works in its favour, as easily the failures of love and self pity could be tiresome across a whole album. With this set Lykke Li shows that she is positively maturing as an artist, despite her young age. She was firm recently in asserting her desire to be viewed as a singer-songwriter as opposed to a pop artist, a genuine concern really. As an album "about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman", as she describes it, "I never learn" is full of truth and beauty. Seeing her on the cover artwork, I could not but notice her uncanny resemblance to Lady GaGa - they could be lost sisters, it is shocking! As a fan of both, I find that they share so much in common. At the same time, they both convey their experiences through their art in such a contrasting, yet, equally dramatic and engaging manner. "Love me like I'm not made of stone", Lykke sings on the album's first promo video. She will break your heart by showing you hers which seems broken almost beyond repair. Bless.
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Like all intense and personal music albums, they may take a little more time to understand and like. The first and second time I listened to " I Never Learn" I was taken in but not hooked but on the third and fourth listen I really grasped the beauty and intensity of the album. Obviously this is a very personal album for Lykke, she really pours her heart into it. Her band are excellent too, this is really great music, she is definitely very unique in a good way. I discovered her on Jools Holland's music show and ended up buying three of her albums because of how impressed I am of her talent. I was just starting to get bored again looking for something that is new and refreshing musically and then along comes Lykke into my world. Thank you for such a beautiful album Lykke.
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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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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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Heard the track Gunshot as the soundtrack to the Peugeot 108 advert. Really liked it so tracked down the singer. Decided to buy the CD rather than just download the one track. Needs listening to more than once, as some of the racks grow on you. Only one track that I'm not keen on.
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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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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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Bought this because I wanted to expand the range that I was now continually listening too!
The sound is unique!
The singing is unique!
The album is unique!
Overall, the production just needed some variation on some of the songs because on first hearing I felt I was listening to one song with little change!
Then on the second listen I began to appreciate what was going on!
Now, I want to listen to the whole album. Some tracks are now being used on certain tv adverts so that so highlights how good this is!
My other criticism was the album could have needed a few more tracks!
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