Youth Novels by Lykke Li
I have to admit, I was a little late to the Lykke Li craze back in ’08, but when I finally did pick up this album, I couldn’t stop listening. Lykke Li is the antihero of female pop music. Where other female pop artists use sex appeal and over the top antics to sell their music, Lykke Li simply lets her music speak for itself. On Youth Novels Lykke Li is joined by Björn Yttling of Peter, Björn and John, who takes on production duties and is credited for co-writing some of the tracks. The two of them ended up with an album combining Yttling’s obvious indie rock influence with catchy danceable beats and a heavy dose of originality. It’s uncomprimising pop at it’s finest. It’s not all fun and games though, as Lykke Li lyrically expresses some pretty heavy feelings of heartache. She is vulnerable and assertive but never sounds too precious. This pick is a little out of my character, but it goes to show what a great album it is. I hope Lykke Li makes many more great albums in the coming decade!