I Never Learn by Lykke Li
I can pinpoint the exact day in 2014 when I fell in love with I Never Learn, the third full-length from Sweden’s Lykke Li. It was June 19. That song, “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone,” is one gorgeous song. And from the fever that enveloped me that morning as I was waking up, I listened to and consequently fell in love with the album.
Lykke Li played the Paramount Theater earlier this year, which is quite an impressive feat for a somewhat unknown singer/songwriter from the other side of the globe. Her three albums have all been solid, but it wasn’t until that particular song did I really get her. And now I can’t shake her. There is just something about her voice, that pain and sorrow, dripping with heartbreak — it doesn’t make me sad. Melancholy music usually has the opposite effect for me, bringing me out of my own funk, warming me up inside.
It’s beautiful. And if depressing music can control your moods, then maybe she’s not for you. But if you like living in the remote parts of the emotional spectrum, then maybe you should explore Lykke Li. I have a feeling this is exactly what we all need to get through whatever is dragging us down.
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