Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li
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  • Summary: Sweden's Lykke Li continues to disarm listeners with her distinctive voice on her second album, keeping in tune with her tough sensuality and pop whimsy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 100
    While her 2008 breakout, Youth Novels, was quirky and coy, Wounded Rhymes is hungry, dark, dirty.
  2. Feb 28, 2011
    90
    Wounded Rhymes is filled with gorgeously spiteful moments such as these, adding an obstinate wrinkle to the album's already-rich, shadowy mystique.
  3. Mar 3, 2011
    83
    Like Joss Whedon's show, Wounded Rhymes is an album of stark, scintillating contrasts: between fantasy and reality, between the powerful and the vulnerable, between the brash and the quiet, between the rhythmic and the melodic.
  4. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Lykke Li is a different kind of Swedish wunderkind: an ingenious oddball.
  5. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Despite that plethora of knowing musical allusions, this is by no means a stale, cut-and-dried retro affair.
  6. Mar 4, 2011
    76
    Wounded Rhymes' moments of true daring are few, but it's the first indication that Li's turning a critical eye on her own style-and that she's got a knack for reinvention.
  7. Mar 4, 2011
    40
    While the minimal production and closely miked vocals on her debut emphasized the pop hooks and her fragile voice, Li and producer Bjorn Yttling (Peter, Bjorn & John) give listeners a more all-encompassing, if familiar, sound on Wounded Rhymes, nestling her vocals amidst girl-group harmonies, psych organ and shambolic percussion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    Lykke Li is big and bold, soft and subdued, dancy and sleepy, all within one record. Itâ
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    10
    It's a cohesive album, emotional within, but the real point is Lykke's unique voice. It has nasal forms, vibratos, powerfull spelling, we can feel what she is saying, what she lived and it is the key to this CD. Her efforts to make something about herself were accomplished, and her voice is just comparable to Bjork's. Extraordinary. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2011
    10
    Since "Markovian" already wrote everything there is to be written I'll just make this short. It's a great album, filled with stunning drumbeats, rhythms and so much more. When I first heard this album I thought: "Could this be true, is it so fu***** awesome?" If You think that there's no reason in spending money on this album, well think again. I say bull*** to all those who think that this album sucks. Listen it again and explore the harmonies surrounding this Masterpiece. Expand
  4. May 14, 2011
    9
    love the album. she is a very nice artist very great voice and very nice songs. Ver good song writer. Love the indie rock , dream pop, alt rock sound to the album. Best album of the year so far. Her voice is mazing. mMore people should listen to her. All the songs are really good. Expand
  5. May 4, 2012
    9
    Lykke Li is honestly is the best that Sweden can offer. After leaving the diverse "Youth Novels", songstress returns to a more monogamous sound, full of truly amazing songs. Expand
  6. May 27, 2011
    9
    Lykke Li is terrific. I was a bit scared about the possible sophomore album disapointment, but I was pleasantly surprised. Sure there are a few songs (Sadness Is A Blessing, Rich Kids Blues) that don't drive me off the wall, but there are amazing ones to compensate. Recommended tunes : Jerome, Love Out Of Lust, I Follow Rivers, Get Some
    I'd give it 8.7 but a nine is fairer for Li. ps. Saw her live last week : MIND BLOWING! Make sure to catch her on tour if you can.
    Much more enticing and memorable record than Youth Novels, where only a few tracks were praise-worthy (Little Bit, I'm Good I'm Gone).
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  7. Nov 18, 2011
    8
    Lykke Li follows her charming and clever debut Youth Novels with seductive Wounded Rhymes. Just like a whole bunch of indie kids out there, she knows that the â Expand

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