Review by Natalie K.
Record Label : LL Recordings
(photo courtesy of publicist for Lykke Li)


For the last couple of months I have been hearing a buzz about singer/songwriter Lykke Li, but have yet to find the time to check her music out until now and after listening to her debut album Youth Novels I can see the reason for such a buzz.

Kicking off Youth Novels is the song “Melodies & Desires” which to be frank, is probably not a song for everyone. It is certainly a prelude for the rest of the album. Lykke speaks over a simple yet hypnotizing beat performed by an orchestra in which she speaks the same line over and over again.

Don’t worry, the rest of the album is full on singing by the 23 year old Swedish Lykke Li and once the third track “I’m Good, I’m Gone” started playing something clicked in my mind and I murmured out loud to myself, ‘Hey I know this song!’. I am not sure how I know this song because I do not listen to the radio, but I know it, and I know I like it.

Stand out tracks would have to be “Tonight” and “Little Bit” which happen to be back to back tracks 6 and 7. Her sultry yet sweet voice seems almost angelic but her lyrics suggest she is anything but that. One keen example comes from her song “Little Bit”; Lykke sings, “For you I keep my legs apart and forget about my tainted heart”.

Her entire album is simplistic and sophisticated, each song sounds polished down to the last note and lyrics. For it being Lykke’s first full-length album she definitely surrounded herself by an extremely competent producer Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John and Lasse Mårtén) and he let Lykke just be Lykke. Nothing sounds forced, nothing sounds like it was made just be a radio friendly song, she is her own artist and that is what I liked most about this album.

If you have been hearing about Lykke Li than go to her myspace and give her music a listen because if you are looking for something original and tranquil than Lykke Li’s album Youth Novels is what you want to be listening too.