By Alejandra Garcia
It seems like Swedish singer Lykke Li never learns when it comes to love. Her new album is full of melancholia, and she’s probably the only person who can make heartache look stylish.
Li released her third studio album May 2 and it has already garnished rave reviews.
Her single “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone,” can make one feel empathetic over Li’s lyrics. The strumming of an acoustic guitar is the perfect accompaniment to her sad stricken voice.
Li became an indie pop princess in 2008 with her debut album “Youth Novels,” and over the years she developed her style.
Li’s sophomore album “Wounded Rhymes” has a self-explanatory title and that’s when she popped the pop out of her music and became the sad songbird that she is today.
Sadness suits her and songs about unrequited love will always be relevant to anyone who has suffered from a doomed relationship.
Not only does Li give others songs to sing about when they’re alone crying in their rooms, but it has shown her growth as a person and it’s always nice to see an artist blossom.
“I Never Learn” has plenty of good songs. “No Rest For The Wicked,” “Never Gonna Love Again,” and “Heart Of Steel” are stand out songs that give the album strength.
“No Rest For The Wicked” starts with a piano beat that retains an Asian style and that’s a sequence that can build up and get stuck in one’s head.
As for “Never Gonna Love Again” and “Heart Of Steel,” Li recites her lyrics in a style of a poem and both songs start to intensify the lyrics as if Li were recounting her deception with love.
The album as a whole contains nine tracks that tell a story. For Li, this story is full of sweet sadness that hint inspiration from Fleetwood Mac and Cat Stevens.
As Li mentioned in an interview with NME, this third album will complete her trilogy. Songs from her youth have shaped her into the artist she is today.
“If anything I want to be seen as a singer-songwriter rather than a pop artist. I really feel like I’ve found my voice,” Li said to the British magazine.
She has certainly made her mark in music with this final piece.
Li’s album is out now.