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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B004IWHAA4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,211 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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Lykke Li's sophomore album is full of beautifully crafted rhymes.
Moris Sabaner
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.
Tommy Dooley
Great, soothing music that can just fit into any mood or occassion.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 1, 2011
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"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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Falsetto Prophet on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keene on June 15, 2011
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I saw the video of "Get Some" and right then I knew this girl was special. It was hilarious and sexy too. She has taken the girl group sound of the early sixties along with her own style and created a dark romantic album that captures something of youth that resonates even with an old man like me.

Like when my four year old grand son sings "You are my Sunshine" there is a sadness underlying that song that he gets. Lykke Li understands the sadness that envelops all of this world and covers it with beautiful music. The production is mostly lush but I saw another video, "I Follow Rivers" with a spare production, which proves she will sound good no matter what. Her music is not a downer but there is a darkness. She's got something to say and I hope she has a long successful career.

I highly recommend this. It is very very good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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