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rough trade exclusive with a bonus 5 track cd featuring mixes from beck, mike d from the beastie boys, primary 1, dave sitek and the magician. swedish siren lykke li returns with a stunning album that is older, wiser, stronger and much sexier. in the two and a half years since her debut release 'youth novels', lykke li has grown and matured as an artist, eschewing open and honest, heart-on-the-sleeve pop for a darker, more edgier sound. heavy bass drums, sombre, marching beats and serious monotone choruses are the order of the day - interwoven with heavy lashings of off-kilter african rhythms, ringing hammond organs and ridiculously catchy hooks. produced by bjorn yttling of peter, bjorn and john fame, li's image has done a distinct u-turn with this album, with the swedish indie singer transforming herself from a feather-light, delicate soul into a tough, powerful woman. standout cuts include the thrilling and raw spector esque 'sadness is a blessing', the spooked alt-folk lament 'i know places' and
single 'i follow rivers' which is a sad tale of romantic devotion set to tribal rhythms and suitably aqueous synths. 'wounded rhymes' is a seductive and fearless masterclass from lykke li.
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