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Posted by: Dave on August 26, 2008 at 10:54 am

LykkeLiYouthNovelsNote: The Swedish singer’s name is pronounced “LOOK-uh LEE.”
Also Note: All the tracks on this debut album (which was released overseas at the beginning of the year, and is just now getting an official U.S. release) were produced and co-written by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John.
Sound: A mix of playful indie pop (some electro, some more organic) and reflective ballads highlighted by Lykke’s breathy, chirpy, barely-articulate vocals; simple, rhythmic-driven arrangements; and repetitious, chant-like hooks.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “I’m Good, I’m Gone”; “Little Bit”; “Hanging High”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Everybody But Me”; “Breaking It Up”; “Complaint Department”; “Let It Fall”
Recommended: Lykke has a tendency to stick with a catchy hook longer than necessary, but she makes up for that shortcoming by delivering exciting vocal melodies over surprisingly stripped-down but rich backing tracks. Her spry, elfin charisma should appeal to fans of Bjork, Blonde Redhead and CocoRosie.
Grade: B+

Listen to Tracks/Buy Music:
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