Youth Novels - Lykke Li
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  • Summary: The debut album for the Swedish singer was produced by Bjorn Yttling.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Youth Novels, one-ups the competition by being sillier, funkier, and less comfortable--more “Konichiwa Bitches” than Keren Ann.
  2. Both youthful and novel--Li was twenty-one upon its release, which may explain both her occasional goofy vocal affectations and the hesitant freshness of her sound--it's hard to pigeonhole but refreshingly easy to enjoy.
  3. Still only 22 (!), Lykke Li has constructed one of 2008's most ambitiously grandiose statements. Madonna can shuffle off to her Live Nation millions, a new pop saviour has been found.
  4. As things stand, a lot of people are going to fall in love with this new young talent, and her ambitious and creative debut. But Lykke Li is likely to stay a cult curiosity for now.
  5. That Youth Novels alternates sentiments and styles track to track without seeming indulgent or directioness is impressive for someone who wrote her first full song only four years ago. [Summer 2008, p.83]
  6. The singer's frosty squeak is a limited instrument, but she works it, mixing adorable playground scats with spoken-word whispers and parched coos that barely sketch her sugary melodies.
  7. 40
    Youth Novels attampts to repeat the trick [the single 'Little Bit'] 13 more times, with varying degrees of sucess. [July 2008, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 11, 2014
    As childish as it appears to be, this work explodes sensitivity and vulnerability, while showing great diversity and personality at its own. A fantastic debut that leaves clear what Lykke Li's true and most profound intentions are: start, and stay. Expand

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