If you liked the Lykke Li album from 2011 called Wounded Rhymes, then her 2014 album I Never Learn is worth checking out in so much that it pumps out her artistry through a similar artery. However, in my personal opinion I Never Learn in a full album, track by track listen, is not as varied or interesting. The songs from I Never Learn have a lot of echoes that remind me of the 1964 song Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las over and over again.
Lykke Li’s unique voice was not as fun this time around for me either, once again, I point out: personal opinion. My opinion may actually be perverted by the fact that I really enjoyed Wounded Rhymes and overplayed the album. Ultimately, if you are a fan of Lykke Li, I think her artistry remains intact positively and there is no lack of emotion in her work on I Never Learn. You are always just one life experience away from making a possible personal connection to one of her songs and being devastated or empowered by the lyrics. Here are my picks for the top five songs from the album:
5. Never Gonna Love Again: If you watched the 2014 season of American Idol then perhaps you recall the contestant Jessica Meuse. Lykke’s voice on Never Gonna Love Again reminded me of that reality show singer and the track would have been a good cover for that girl. This song feels a little bit cleaner and put together compared to some of the others, in a way that it feels like an easy radio single. However, the universal pout of “I’m never gonna love again,” didn’t win me over as strongly as some lyrics on other songs.
4. No Rest For The Wicked: Drums and echoes that thunder, No Rest For The Wicked is an anthem for someone who let a good thing go or blames them self for ruining a relationship that they no reflect on and miss.
3. Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone: At first this song was a bit grating, her voice a tad shrill and nasally. However, as the ballad strums along I really got into the lyrics about loving someone even though it hurts you and they are possibly “cold” to you. There could be other interpretations, but the way I take it is a dark self-reflection and plea to someone to love them regardless of how horrible an experience that might be. Lykke Li seems to really get into the song too, as it reaches the last minute one can almost feel some tears in the voice.
2. Gunshot: The song Gunshot to me sounds like an old Wilson Phillips pop ballad only haunted by Lykke Li’s sense of edginess, which is to really say that there is a vague old pop familiarity, but it is quickly killed by Lykke’s ghosts. It is a ballad that paints some grim imagery of finality and loss involving love lost with some drum hits that drive home the theme of the title.
1. Sleeping Alone: Sleeping Alone is the final and the shortest song on the album, but its content is such a depressing dose of hope that it is quite memorable. This song explores a failed love and trying to get uses to sleeping alone, however, it does weave in the thought of meeting the person again. To me, the “meeting again,” seems like another life away and not exactly an event sure to happen, thus it is dark sentiment.