Second to last review (#14) for July’s month of reviews. That is, a new review every two days, or close to, for the month of July to celebrate the 5 year, 1 month anniversary of this blog! And August will be a new surprise!
From her debut, Youth Novels, to Wounded Rhymes, stylistically, Lykke Li has definitely changed. The sound is much bigger, due to an abundance of percussion, and very much a primal feel. It can still be called indie-(insert second genre here), but it is a very ambitious album.
Clocking in at a respectable 41 minutes for 10 tracks, it packs in a lot. For instance, “Sadness is a Blessing”, a fairly mid-tempo track, contains drums, bass, additional percussion, along with piano and organ. Immediately following is “I Know Places”, a very minimal track, with pretty much just guitar, and backing vocals. The listener gets to hear how Lykke Li is singing on this album, much more raw, adding the aforementioned primitive feel.
As I mentioned in the start of the review, the big, percussion heavy, primitive feel can be heard throughout, but no better example than the debut single, “Get Some.” In “Get Some”, worth noting is the songwriting, with its sexual suggestive lyrics. “I Follow Rivers” is simple, yet complex: “Oh I beg you, can I follow. Oh I ask you, why not always. Be the ocean where I unravel. Be my only, be the water where I’m wading.”
As I mentioned in my last post, how it is more album covers these days, less artwork, well, the cover of Lykke Li’s Wounded Rhymes fits into the album artwork category. The picture was taken by Roger Dekker, while the cover was done by Australian Leif Podhajsky. Similarly, the music videos are very artistic, and fit the music very well.
Earlier this year, on January 28, Lykke Li performed on the second half of Austin City Limits (“Sadness is a Blessing” performance linked) (Florence and the Machine being the first act), and her performance was downright amazing, as she performed with plenty of passion, and the music sounds great live with so many acoustic elements to it.
Definitely an album worth picking up (assuming you buy a physical copy!).
Wounded Rhymes album artwork | lykkeli.com