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Review: I Never Learn, by Lykke Li

I Never Learn, by Lykke Li


Lykee Li's third album was just released worldwide. The album is being promoted by a worldwide tour. Although internationally extensive, there are only a few shows (thus far) in the US. This month she will stop by New York City and Los Angeles. Then, she will return in August for a show in Chicago and San Francisco. For ticket pricing and venue information, [[click here]].

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Li's new song "No One Ever Loved" is featured on The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack. The track is out now, and is currently charting on iTunes downloads.

I Never Learn is morose, hypnotic, and ethereal with its gypsy-sounds and melodic chants that are often abstract and wordless. She is the type of vocalist whose emotion takes precedent over the lyrical matter. Not that it is not deep and genuine, but it takes a true fan to listen carefully time and time again, or an engine search to figure out exactly what she is saying. It makes it the more cryptic, personal, and endearing.

"I Never Learn" is a guitar-driven ballad reminiscent of Vanessa Carlton's "Hear The Bells", with its haunting layered vocals. The second track "No Rest for The Wicked" is the official first single released. The layered instrumentals, from keys to percussion, are effective throughout. The vocals are distance and mysterious in its mumbling. This bleeds into the third track "Just Like a Dream". In this dreamy track she utters 'Before you forget/ Was I ever real/ Before you forgive me darling/ For love I can't feel/ Before I replace you / Lie with me one last time'.

"Silverline" is the fourth track. The bass and percussion line is potent and consistent, acting like the song's heartbeat. "Gunshot", although slow, its transgression comes with gusto; making it the strongest and loudest track yet. It rumbles and impacts loudly as the beat is used to resemble a gun.

"Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone" has vocals that, for the first time, are ahead and louder than the instrumentation. They are crisp and present unlike before. It brings it back to the track's simplicity.

"Never Gonna Love Again" is, despite warbled in Lykke style, focused on the vocals. The melancholy of 'not loving again' us palpable and heartfelt. "Heart of Steel" discusses the price paid for being open and loving honestly.

"Sleeping Alone" works as the album's closer, which brings a sense of tranquility. It speaks of the discomfort of sleeping alone. At one point she sings 'Someday, somehow/ Somewhere down the line/ If you save your heart for mine/ We'll meet again, we'll meet again'.

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