KUMD Album Reviews: Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Swedish pop singer Lykke Li’s sophomore effort adopts the brisk harmonies and melodies of ‘50s and ‘60s pop (note the strategically placed “doo-wops”, “shoo-wops” and surf riffs) but pushes idiosyncratic percussion to the forefront, distinguishing herself from today’s “throwback”-saturated indie pop scene.
Swedish pop singer Lykke Li's sophomore effort adopts the brisk harmonies and melodies of '50s and '60s pop (note the strategically placed "doo-wops", "shoo-wops" and surf riffs) but pushes idiosyncratic percussion to the forefront, distinguishing herself from today's "throwback"-saturated indie pop scene. Li lends a lot of grit to the album with her sexy, rugged personality shining through her aggressive and often despondent lyrics steering the album away from the bright, beachy vibe. The sequencing of gentle ballads alongside vibrant and driving pop/rock songs keeps things from sounding too bleak. This is one of the most sophisticated and refreshing pop albums to be released this year, with its allure going far beyond the apparent sex-appeal and Phil Spector allusions; maybe it's the hand claps?
Recommended if you like: Le Tigre, Peter Bjorn & John, Feist
Focus tracks: "Unrequited Love", "Sadness is a Blessing", "Get Some"