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Wounded Rhymes is the second studio album by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li. It was released in Sweden on 2 March 2011 by LL Recordings.

Background and writing

Li spent six months writing and recording the album in the Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, while visiting the desert, rewatching Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 film The Holy Mountain and listening to Alan Lomax field recordings, eventually coming up with songs she calls "hypnotic, psychotic and more primal". During an interview with Pitchfork Media on 18 November 2010, she commented on her decision to write the album in Los Angeles, saying, "I'm from Sweden so I don't enjoy winter at all; there's nothing cute about it. Right now I'm in Stockholm, and it's so fucking cold and dark. I have such a dark mood in myself already so I don't need things to be darker.

I was totally romanticizing the idea of Los Angeles when the Doors, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young were hanging out there. I was trying to find David Lynch and Leonard Cohen with no luck. It was just more of a retreat. And Los Angeles is such a mysterious place because there's so much evil in that city, but there's also so much light. You can be totally alone on a hillside and I love that kind of secluded, deserted rawness."

Li revealed the album's artwork and track listing on her official website on 14 December 2010.

Critical reception

Wounded Rhymes was lauded by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim". Lou Thomas from BBC Music referred to the it as "another outstanding album, slightly better and definitely bigger than Youth Novels. Although there is a level of subtlety at work here far more sophisticated than most mainstream releases, the sound's sheer size is almost overwhelming." Corey Beasley from PopMatters described it as "a dark record, borne of lost love and youthful frustrations, more suited in tone to the frozen lake country than the haze of sunny SoCal. It means this is a seriously heavy and seriously excellent album." He also pointed out that "Li sounds remarkably confident on every last track, and Yttling's wall-of-sound tendencies nicely underscore her swagger." K. Ross Hoffman of Allmusic wrote that the singer "hasn't entirely let go of her girlish sweetness, and she certainly hasn't lost her way with a melodic hook, but she's largely outgrown the more cloyingly precious, occasionally clumsy tendencies that sometimes plagued her debut, and her singing voice, while still appealingly personable and distinctive, has gotten considerably more forceful", while praising the album as "an inspired, rugged, smart, emotive, coolly modern piece of indie pop, and an improvement on Lykke Li's debut in just about every respect." Rolling Stone critic Jody Rosen called it "a weird-pop gem" containing "torchy love songs that nod to Sixties hits but are stretched into all kinds of shapes. Li dips into garage rock and wintry folk, but her guiding spirit seems to be Phil Spector, and she laces the music with booming percussion and girl-group-style romantic melodrama." The Observers Hermione Hoby viewed it as "a formidable collection of all-woman 21st-century torch songs that reverberate with vengeance and desolation. The arrangements are still stark and driven by syncopated handclaps and off-kilter drums, but now, voice creaking with heartache, she sounds like she's casting dark spells rather than serenading daydreams." Kevin Liedel of Slant Magazine believed that the album "is not so much a stylistic departure as it is a stark transformation of mood: Though still an expert dabbler in gravelly electro-pop, Li sounds positively dangerous now, her voice tormented, biting, and weapon-like, and her accompaniments following suit." He added that "here is a mournful sensuality to Li's near-broken voice that contributes to the album's most triumphant moments, as her every word drips simultaneously with sex and tragedy."

In a review for Spin, Sean Fennessey stated that the album "is equal parts seething ice princess and lonely snowwoman, vacillating almost track by track between fury and despondence over a scotched relationship" and that "he dual objectives—weep for me, fear me—collide throughout, creating a dicey, but gripping album." Caitlin Meyer of Consequence of Sound wrote, "In a true demonstration of growth and progression as an artist, Wounded Rhymes is a soulful, intricate album that showcases a more vocally confident and mature Li amidst a score of equally powerful and impressive instrumentation." Amanda Petrusich from Entertainment Weekly commented that "hile her 2008 breakout, Youth Novels, was quirky and coy, Wounded Rhymes is hungry, dark, dirty." The Guardians Michael Cragg opined that "sadness tends to suit her, with producer Björn Yttling encasing the songs in a heady mix of primal drums, tinpot percussion, scratchy guitars and, on the excellent 'Love Out of Lust', a desolate whistle solo." Jazz Monroe, writing for NME, concluded that "for all its wailing codas, swollen strings and silky production, Wounded Rhymes, while a bold statement, doesn't quite strike the same lugubrious groove. But while we bemoan flash-in-the-pan pop stars, it's encouraging to see someone like Lykke sparking attention." John Freeman from Clash called it "brilliant" and stated that "hile opener 'Youth Knows No Pain' and the feisty single 'Get Some' both display Li's 'don't-fuck-with-me' sassiness, Wounded Rhymes really takes off when she allows her vulnerability to leak." Amy Dawson from Metro deemed it "big, beautiful and badass, often all at the same time". Pastes Ryan Reed noted that "Li's voice is basically a mixture of every great female art-pop artist you've heard: there's a bit of Kate Bush's alien whine, a pinch of Bat for Lashes smoke-screen atmospherics, even a hint of fellow Swedish pop sensation Robyn's sassy croon." August Brown from the Los Angeles Times felt that the album is "full of charged contradictions. She's a mediocre singer with a very interesting voice, a fan of classic handmade pop and the ways laptops can serrate it, and a writer obsessed with sex and with sexing up obsession.


Li premiered songs from the album during live performances across Europe in late 2010. She performed at Heimathafen Neukölln in Berlin on 1 November 2010, at La Maroquinerie in Paris on 2 November, at Heaven in London on 4 November, at Kägelbanan in Stockholm on 8 November, and at Klub Wytwórnia in Łódź, Poland on 20 November 2010. Additionally, she performed at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on 1 December 2010. Li is also scheduled to tour Europe and North America, starting at El Rey Theatre at Los Angeles on 9 March 2011.

"Get Some" was released as the album's lead single in Sweden on 22 October 2010 via iTunes. Follow-up single "I Follow Rivers" premiered exclusively on on 10 January 2011, and was released digitally in Sweden on 21 January 2011.

On 3 March 2011, Li performed "Get Some" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On March 10, she performed the same song on Conan and on Last Call with Carson Daly on March 15.


* Lykke Li – vocals

* Roger Deckker – photography

* Janne Hansson – engineer

* Henrik Jonsson – mastering

* Lasse Mårtén – engineer, mixing

* Leif Podhajsky – artwork

* Hans Stenlund – engineer

* Björn Yttling – producer, engineer


Release history


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Artist/Band Information

Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson (born 18 March 1986), better known by her stage name Lykke Li (), is a Swedish indie singer. She released her debut album, Youth Novels, in 2008 and her follow up album, Wounded Rhymes, in 2011.

Life and career

Li was born in Ystad, Skåne in 1986; her mother, Kärsti Stiege, had been a member of an all-girl punk band called Tant Strul before settling into photography. Her father, Johan, played guitar for Swedish punk band turned reggae outfit Dag Vag.http The family moved to Stockholm when Li was a toddler and later moved to a mountaintop in Portugal when she was six, where they lived for five years. The family also spent time in Lisbon and Morocco and spent winters in Nepal and India. She moved to the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn in New York for three months when she was 19. She returned when she was 21 to record her album.

Zachrisson released her first album, Youth Novels on LL Recordings in the Nordic region on 4 February 2008 and it received a wider European release in June, 2008. The album was produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John and Lasse Mårtén and reportedly inspired by a previous relationship of three years. It was released in the United States on 6 May 2008. The album was released in the Republic of Ireland on 6 June 2008 and 9 June in the UK, promoted by a performances of "Little Bit" on Later With Jools Holland on 25 May 2008.

Lykke Li had some success with the EP "Little Bit" in 2007. Stereogum named her an artist to watch in October 2007 and described her music as a mix of soul, electro and "powdered-sugar pop".

She has appeared on Swedish musician Kleerup's self titled album, contributing vocals to the track "Until We Bleed". She also worked with Röyksopp on their album Junior, contributing vocals to "Miss It So Much" and "Were You Ever Wanted".

Lykke has become increasingly popular with indie music fans and took her particular flavor of music more mainstream with an appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly on February 18, 2009. She has received a great deal of notoriety for her cover of "Knocked Up", originally recorded by Kings of Leon who had approached Lykke to cover a song of her choice, and "Gifted" in which she performs with Kanye West. Going further mainstream, Lykke performed at the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 19, as well as the 2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival on August 8 as part of the promotional tour for the album Youth Novels.

A remixed version of her song "I'm Good, I'm Gone" was featured in the film Sorority Row (2009).

The song "Possibility" was written for the film New Moon (2009). Li had been asked to write a song to the film soundtrack but she was reluctant to commit to the project. It was after she had seen an early screening of the movie that she decided she wanted to contribute to the soundtrack. The soundtrack was released on 16 October 2009.

Li announced on her MySpace blog that she had started writing material for her second album but insisted it would be a long wait until it was finished. However, recently on her official website she announced that she was in the studio recording material and that the album would be released 'soon'.

In September 2010, she was announced as the official face of the Levis Curve ID Collection, alongside Pixie Geldof and Miss Nine.http

Her song Until We Bleed,which she sang with singer Kleerup was featured on an episode of UK TV series Misfits.

On December 13, 2010, RCRD LBL premiered a Beck remix of "Get Some." http

Lykke Li's second album, Wounded Rhymes, was released in 2011.http

She has an off-the-wall comedy site dedicated to her called Lykke Li Letters, in which someone named Cecil scans absurd letters to his Tumblr. http



* Youth Novels (2008)

*Wounded Rhymes (2011)

;EPs and singles

* "I'm Good, I'm Gone" (2007)

* "Little Bit" (2007)

* "Breaking It Up" (2008)

* "Tonight" (2009)

* "Get Some" (2010)

* "I Follow Rivers" (2011)


* "I Don't Mind (Jump on It)" – 4:13 included on the Swedish and UK 2-track single of "I'm Good, I'm Gone"

* "After Laughter" – 3:41 split single with El Perro Del Mar for Record Store Day April 18, 2009

* "Until We Bleed" – 4:29 (Kleerup featuring Lykke Li) included on the Swedish 2-track single of "Tonight"

* "Paris Blue" – 3:45 released with "Get Some"

;Guest appearances

* "Until We Bleed" – 4:24 (Kleerup featuring Lykke Li; from Kleerup, 2008)

* "Uptown" – 4:50 (Primal Scream featuring Lykke Li, Ellekari Larsson and Victoria Bergsman; from Beautiful Future, 2008)

* "The Glory of Love" – 3:11 (Primal Scream featuring Lykke Li, Maria Andersson and Victoria Bergsman; from Beautiful Future, 2008)

* "Gifted" (N.A.S.A. featuring Kanye West, Santogold and Lykke Li; from The Spirit of Apollo, 2009)

* "A Little Bit" (Drake & Lykke Li; from So Far Gone, 2009)

* "Miss It So Much" – 5:01 (Röyksopp featuring Lykke Li; from Junior, 2009)

* "Were You Ever Wanted" – 5:38 (Röyksopp featuring Lykke Li; Japanese bonus track from Junior, 2009)

* "Knocked Up" (Remix) – 5:36 (Kings of Leon featuring Lykke Li)

* "Starchasers" (as a sample of "Little Bit") – 5:00 (Charles Hamilton; from It's Charles Hamilton, 2008)

* "Leaving You Behind" (Amanda Blank featuring Lykke Li; from I Love You, 2009)


* "Knocked Up" – 5:35 (originally by and featuring Kings of Leon)

* "Hustlin'" – 3:48 (originally by Rick Ross)

* "Can I Kick It?" (originally by A Tribe Called Quest; regular live cover and performed with Q-Tip at MTVu Awards)

* "After Laughter Comes Tears" (originally by Wendy Rene)

* "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" (originally by The Shirelles)

* "A Milli" (originally by Lil Wayne)

* "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" (originally by Vampire Weekend; regular live cover)

;Music videos

Awards and nominations


Her song "I'm Good, I'm Gone" was remixed by Fred Falke and featured in Hed Kandi's Lounge 2009 "I'm Good, I'm Gone" was also covered by British group Friendly Fires in 2009. Her song "Little Bit" was remixed by Drake, as well as a bootleg recording remix by AutoErotique. Her song "Little Bit" was sampled and remixed by Charles Hamilton. Her song "Love until We Bleed" was remixed by QuESt. Her song "Dance Dance Dance" was remixed by Buraka Som Sistema. Her song "I'm Good, I'm Gone" was also remixed by 3OH!3 as a collaboration.3OH!3

Most recently, her single "I Follow Rivers" has been remixed by "The Magician" as an official remix, which is very popular with DJs all around the world.


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