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There are multiple reasons why Lykke Li is one of the most interesting artists in the world of indie music. Her unique brand of confessional pop was showcased beautifully on her debut album ‘Youth Novels’, it was honed and cultivated on her sophomore release ‘Wounded Rhymes’ and yet all signs pointed towards album number three ‘I Never Learn’ as the album that truly defined her as one of the most potent singer/songwriters of her generation. 
 
Album review - Lykke Li ‘I Never Learn’
So vocal was Lykke Li about her development as an artist (she has spoken out about ‘hating’ her debut album after its release) that the significant of album number three grew ever more potent. Not that she should be knocked for airing her discontent about her earlier work, far from it, she deserves to be commended for speaking openly about her development as an artist, but more, as a messenger for anyone in the world who do their best to articulate the ups-and-downs and highs-and-lows of this thing called love that we all experience at some stage in our lives.
 
It just seems that Lykke Li has experienced more heartbreak than most, that’s all. 
 
Unsurprisingly, ‘I Never Learn’ is Lykke Li’s finest work to date. Fans of her more pop-orientated work may be disappointed at the lack of hop, skip and jump on the album, but as we are already aware, Lykke Li is one heartbroken singer and ‘I Never Learn’ examines this down to the particle. At nine tracks long (or short should we say) it is an album that can easily fly by, however, each and every track oozes sensational layer after layer of pain and suffering. As a result it has that ‘classic’ feel about it, there are hints of classic songwriting throughout that often go missing in this day-and-age of music making.
 
Album review - Lykke Li ‘I Never Learn’
Now, while we find it hard to believe that someone as enigmatic as Lykke li is so unlucky in love, ‘I Never Learn’ does a thoroughly good job of convincing us otherwise. Standout tracks include title track ‘I Never Learn’ and lead single ‘No Rest For The Wicked’, however, we were most ‘touched’ by (dare we say) the most ‘poppy’ track on the album ‘Never Gonna Love Again’. That track could easily sit on a ‘best of’ from the likes of Roxette as ‘I Never Learn’. 
 
To conclude, ‘I Never Learn’ is a triumphant return for Lykke Li. Catch her at Latitude Festival this summer where we are sure she will roll out a hearty mix of all her most powerful songs spanning all three albums.
 
‘I Never Learn’ is out now.
 
Posted 7th May by Thom
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