Sunday, March 27, 2011

CD Review: Lykke Li Creates "Wounded Rhymes"

Already hailed as one of Rolling Stone magazine's Hot Performers of 2011, Swedish singer Lykke Li released her sophomore album "Wounded Rhymes" in February. The album hit the Billboard music charts at #36 and the Alternative Album charts at #7.

The album begins with pop/dance beats surrounding her vocals in "Youth Knows No Pain" and continues along those lines with the album's second single, "I Follow Rivers." Lykke Li uses minimal instrumentation in "Unrequited Love" in order to stress the importance of the lyrics as the song carries a doo-wop flavored sound. The album's first single "Get Some" has a sinister beat of drums to reflect the dark lyrics of prostitution. "Sadness Is A Blessing" sounds like it came right from Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production. Lykke Li slows down the tempo with the 6-minute ballad "I Know Places" before returning with the grand sounding "Jerome". The album closes with the storytelling lyrics of "Silent My Song."

Lykke Li is currently performing overseas, but will be returning to the U.S. in May. For a complete list of tour dates and information on this hot new artist, please visit lykkeli.com.

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