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Product Description

Sweden's Lykke Li presents one of the most perfect pop albums you'll hear all year. Just as her music sometimes seems to have arrived from another planet, she's not quite like anyone you've met before.

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"Imagine The Neptunes remixing 'Joe Le Taxi' as performed by Peter Bjorn & John and you're about a tenth of the way to what Lykke Li's come up with." --Nme


1. Melodies & Desires
2. Dance, Dance, Dance
3. I'm Good, I'm Gone
4. Let It Fall
5. My Love
6. Tonight
7. Little Bit
8. Hanging High
9. This Trumpet in My Head
10. Complaint Department
11. Breaking It Up
12. Everybody But Me
13. Time Flies
14. Window Blues

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATLANTIC / ADA
  • ASIN: B001B92EBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Lykke Li is Sweden's latest Pop export and she's gotten the inevitable comparisons to fellow Nordic Pop stars Robyn and Annie, but in truth, her style is miles different from those two. 22 years old she may be, but her music is far ahead of her years, even her arty cover photo sets her apart from those two.

Her debut "Youth novels" is produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John and Lasse Mårtén, it is rather experimental and dreamy, fitting her light airy vocals to a tee.

In an album awash in brilliance, standouts include "Dance dance dance" (tapped percussion and strummed percussion, a squidgy Sax solo building to a nice choir finale), the sunny "I'm good, I'm gone" (with a killer chorus and lovely keyboard flourishes), the acoustic/Pop "Let it fall", the lilting Jazz/Folk "Little Bit" (which wouldn't sound out of place on a Kings of Convenience CD), the stark yet astonishingly beautiful ballad "Hanging high", the acoustic spoken largely instrumental "This trumpet in my head" (of course daintily adorned with trumpet playing), the buzzing Björk-like "Complaint department", the hand clap-filled Jazzy/Synth number "Breaking it up", and the brooding, almost hymnal closing number "Window blues" (with haunting harmonies).

This album is incredibly clever pop music with a great attention to detail. If only all Pop music could be this intelligent. I think we'll be hearing a lot more of Ms. Li in the near future.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. lozano on February 20, 2009
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Seeing some of the ageist comments on here made me reflect..... good music can be enjoyed by anyone... of any age.
This ablem has entertained me for several months now - and i am 62. I was brought up on the staples of hippydom and hard rock, but the album reaches across those boundaries and has given me hours of listening pleasure.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By British Commentator on November 13, 2008
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Ignore the person who says this is not for over 20's, I am late 30's and love this album. It is full of great tunes, very catchy with strong beats. It is best described as electronic pop, but I think it will strongly appeal to some Hip Hop heads too. It is from Sweden but lyrics are in English.
Buy it!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristospherein on February 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
So this turned out to be a review on her vocals...wasn't intentional, just turned out that way.

I tend to be quite particular with female voices. However, in the past year, I've managed to find two I absolutely love: Lykke Li and The Ting Tings lead singer, Katie White. I'm seriously being honest in saying that the last female voice I've truly enjoyed as much as these two is Shirley Manson from Garbage. I realize this is a review about Lykke Li, however, you certainly need something to compare her voice with and I consider the other two to be in good company.

Highlights:

Little Bit
Breaking It Up
Dance Dance Dance
I'm Good, I'm Gone
Tonight

As stated below, Ignore the 1 Star Review as I'm pushing 30 and this album is more definitive of who I am than 99% of what I listened to when i was under 20.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JR on December 14, 2008
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My first introduction to Lykke Li was through a friend via a youtube video for her song "Little Bit." I admit that I was hooked. The video was different in a good way and her voice was unique: soft, innocent and a little bluesy. Her sound is eclectic ranging from dance to indie to electro to blues. There's no other way to describe it. A very melodic album. I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve. All in all, a breath of fresh air in all the pollution streaming through the radio these days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Alan Bryan on February 16, 2009
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Someone said if you're over 20 you won't like this.
I'm male and I'm now 49. I like this. A lot.
But then I also like Isis (not a female pop star) and Robyn and Foghat.
My collection is very far and wide a mix of genres.

Believe or Not I recently saw this artist mentioned on the Kids Post page in the Washington Post (in January I think).
So when I chanced upon her Parlaphone Video for "I'm Good, I'm Gone" on YouTube I thought to give it a try and I was very impressed.
I was not only impressed by her but by the assemblage of musicians for this very acoustic rendering of the track.
It was odd to say the least and not like a lot of vids with flash and sex.
That video led me to track down the album and any single and remix.
She is really fascinating.

I still find it odd that she was featured in the Kids Post section.
Why? She's not like Ms. Spears of 1999 or Ms. Cyrus of 2007.
Also, I don't think this artist was marketed to young teens here in the USA anyway as she is already over 20.

This is not for everyone but it's very interesting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on February 25, 2011
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Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson may have won over an entire new audience with "Wounded Rhymes" (2011) but its on this sparkling confection from 2008 that the seeds were initially sown. "Youth Novels" marks the debut of young Lykke Li, but it is anything but unassured. In fact, researchers of debut outings might compare this very favorably with "Tidal" by Fiona Apple way back in 1996. Aesthetically, it remains without peer even in the years since its' release, even though fellow Swede Frida Hyvonens' "Silence is Wild" comes pretty close (but to be fair, that was Hyvonen's third outing on disc). For mainstream music listeners, there isn't much here that would grab them upon first listen (although you might see contrary statements in other descriptions of this album), which explains Lykke's inexplicable lack of popularity in many market pockets that would normally be open to an indie release getting wider acclaim (Bon Iver's "For Emma Forever Ago" and Vampire Weekends' mammoth gains in visibility being prime example).

Undeniably, the contents herein are splendid. Lykke draws upon two very varied genres of music - shoegaze & electropop, to create what is essentially a tribute to the amalgamation of said genres. Within these, there are subgenres of folk, Britpop, Motown, with a few jazz influences thrown in for good effect. Thankfully, all of these influences aren't quite present on one track at the same time, giving the album a sense of space to breathe and carve out different identities within the length of an hour.
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what kind of toy piano does lykke li use in her live sets .
Same problem here, did you finally find it out?

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