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Wounded Rhymes

Lykke LiAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B004IWHAA4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 album from the Swedish singer/songwriter. Channeling the demise of The Shangri-La's '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 an 11 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. From the hazy 60's organ driving opener "Youth Knows No Pain" to the sparse toe-tapsolo- guitar-swing of "Unrequited Love" to rollicking single "Get Some" to the dense drums of the propulsive "Jerome," Wounded Rhymes is a testament to Lykke Li's brilliant musical voice, one unlike any other.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year 2011? Possibly March 6, 2011
Format:Audio CD
If Lykke Li's consistent (yet commercially underwhelming) debut record was any indication, she had a lot more to offer us than eclectic musical compositions with hooks that tend to stick. And that promise is certainly recognized on the supremely excellent "Wounded Rhymes", her sophomore record, and one that should solidify her place amongst todays' best independent artists. A record of this sort will perhaps never be a million-seller; and probably won't even reach a fraction of the audience that fellow Swede Robyn did last year with her stupendous "Body Talk", but as a work of art it is virtually flawless. The only flaw, if one can call it that, is that it is somewhat short in length.

The theme of the record, as indicated by the cryptic album cover, is love and loss. What is interesting about Lykke Li, is that she doesn't really seem to care so much about love, but rather seems more focussed on consequences of it. An interesting take, but this leads to some great songwriting - the lyrics here seem straightforward but are in fact rather indecipherable at times - and the music more than appropriately backs it up.

The standout track (amongst an album full of standouts, one might add) is the riveting "I Follow Rivers" - which is literally overflowing with metaphor and meaning - the glacial overtones of the instrumentation were not lost on the director of the music video to this fascinating piece of music - and it encapsulates what the entire record is all about. The same can be said of the slow-burner "Silent my Song" - a track that reveals itself in stages and only upon multiple listens. Throughout the album, there is a sense of open space & Nordic wilderness - a running theme through Lykke's records in general - but more so in this one.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art! March 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
"Wounded Rhymes" is the follow up to Swedish songstress Lykke Li's brilliant debut "Youth Tales". Produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Björn and John, it opens with the playfully bouncy organ-driven "Youth Knows No Pain" which sounds like a sixties girl group."I Follow Rivers" is surreal with tinpot percussion and a ghostly coda, while "Love Out Of Lust" (with a forlorn whistle break) and the tinkling "Unrequited Love" are wistful retro ballads. The bouncy "Get Some" (with chiming guitars and tribal percussion) finds her declaring "I'm your prostitute, you gonna get some".

"Rich Kids Blues" juxtaposes fuzzy/quivering guitars against a dense wall of sound, while "Sadness Is A Blessing" is a shuffling Doo Wop-style ballad. "I Know Places" is a tender acoustic ballad with gently strummed guitar, "Jerome" is absolutely stunning, and closing is "Silent My Song" with gorgeous harmonies and the lines "You see pain like it is pleasure, like a work of art". This perfectly sums up Li's sound as she sees music like a work of art.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CD or MP3 Download? March 30, 2011
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The other reviews do a nice job of talking about the music, so I thought I'd chime in on the packaging. If you're tossing whether to splurge on the CD or just get the download - this is one of the rare cases I'd suggest the download. There isn't much to the CD packaging. One obscure, photo of a tribal painted Ms. Li on the back page of the booklet plus the murky cover art. The lyric sheet is muddled as well, printed text with some inky cross-outs to somehow denote that Ms. Li was still working out the songs while the booklet went to press.

Focus instead on the music: slow burners that demand attention and a few full throttle bangers that demand movement. Focus instead on the voice - a vibrato crisp like a woodwind; powerful and enchanting. I thought with the vampy SPIN cover story, the album would have sold better out of the gate, but this one is sure to blaze a slow, steady trail, one listener at a time. While Robyn and Annie are bright, caffeinated blasts of technicolor pop (that I highly recommend); Wounded Rhymes is a cool, hazy, thumpy, rhythmic and dreamy disc you can dance to before drifting away into bliss.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Art April 12, 2011
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This is not my usual type of album, in that I have been listening to a lot of Americana recently. But it came up on my recommendations and I had noticed the lovely Lykke Li are playing 'The End Of The Road Festival', this year. I always go and always have a great time, so I took a punt.

I am so glad I did, from the opener 'Youth knows no pain', it kicks off in such a distinct way, with melodies that just grab you and a driving beat that appears at first hypnotic and then lets you free fall to another level, all in a completely effortless and rewarding way. Every tune has its own identity and yet with a consistency that pulls the whole thing together as an integral project. There is so much variation, but the distinctive percussion is the only staple and that too is so varied, she can teach some contemporaries a thing or two.

I can see why she has been compared to Sandie Shaw, especially on the melancholic, torch song of `Sadness is a blessing' - possibly my current favourite. And the haunting `Unrequited love'. There are more raunchy numbers too and my version has bonus tracks that you can download once you put it in your computer.

Can't really think of a duff track and have been listening to this for over two weeks now and it is just getting better. A friend described this as `a bit like `Bat for Lashes' only miles better', and I must say I rather agree, not wanting to knock the aforementioned Bat and co. If they are half as good live as they are on this fantastic production, I am going to have another great festival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs.
Just wrote a review on the single of I follow Rivers and I thought I was reviewing this one. Well, "Rivers" is in here too so the same applies. Read more
Published 13 days ago by robert p.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good album.
I was anxiously awaiting for this album due to falling in love with her song "I Follow Rivers", but I soon fell in love with her ablum on my first listen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!!!
I like lykke li personally.. Her voice is one of a kind.. She should come up with more albums like this...
Published 3 months ago by Mary Grace Donato Weihrauch
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Turns out the wounds are all pretty much self-inflicted. Now if she could just get a bit more honest about that fact ...
Published 3 months ago by Budas Root
4.0 out of 5 stars Was an unknown.
I comment on this CD the same as her Youth Novels. A rising star with little of the pretensions. Very glad I stumbled upon her!
Published 6 months ago by Barry S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I actually purchased this to get the song from 'The Crash Reel' documentary. Unfortunately, much of the rest of the music is not my taste.
Published 7 months ago by Aeon Flux
5.0 out of 5 stars Every song is perfect
Anyone who likes indie/alternative music should love this. Every song is beautiful with excellent, deep lyrics, my favorites being Jerome, Get Some, I Know Places, Youth Knows No... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bethy Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Talent without polish
Lykke Li is undeniably talented, talent which includes the most valuable traits song writers can possess - the ability to create and unify strong themes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T. Mayhew
5.0 out of 5 stars a little bit lauper
She has a vocal quality that is remenisent of cyndi but very much her own. Rufas Wainright is a fan.
Published 14 months ago by clinton smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbearable
This album stands in sharp contrast to Youth Novels, whose fascinating sonority combined with the captivating timbre of Lykke's voice gave us something quite unique and enjoyable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fx3
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