Record Review: Lykke Li — I Never Learn

Songstress is a drag on third LP.

Lykke Li
I Never Learn
LL Recordings

Wow, this record is a downer. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, though — Li has made a career for herself so far by celebrating sorrow. But where 2008’s Youth Novels was slick and pop-oriented, and 2011’s Wounded Rhymes livened things up with blithe, garage-goth production, I Never Learn wallows in its own dreariness. Most of the songs here are sparse, based around acoustic guitar or piano skeletons, and the lyrics on tracks like “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” and “Never Gonna Love Again” are about as much fun as their titles promise. This record seems a lot longer than its mere 33 minutes.   —Lee DeVito

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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