Listen to Wounded Rhymes on constant
repeat any given day, and Lykke Li will
speak to your woul.
Wounded Rhymes, Lykke’s second
album, is a bit darker and deeper than her
first, but it feels truer. Fans that fell in love
with her first album, Youth Novels, will
be taken aback for a second. But just keep
listening. She jumps between powerful
and vulnerable, and you will want to hear
This album was written after Lykke took
an existentialist trip into the California
desert. Wounded Rhymes is not suited for
your stereotypical sunny California life-
style, but more for a dreary rainy day.
There are 10 tracks on this album, and
each one has some kind of heartbreak at-
tached to it. It creates a deeper effect on
the listeners and affects her voice in the
“Love Out of Lust” is kind of a love ode
to someone that you like for the moment,
but not forever: “I’d rather die in your arms
than die lonesome.” Lykke is just saying
that you’re good enough for now until I
find something better.
In “Unrequited Love,” Lykke sheds her
emotions about getting over a guy who
does not have the same feelings for her.
Then, toward the end, she gives the song
a ‘60s twist with shoo-wops in the back-
ground of her singing. It adds a lot of soul.
Her single “I Follow Rivers” has this up-
beat tempo with tribal percussion and a
line that goes, “Oh I’d follow, I’d follow you
deep sea baby.” It’s kind of heartwarming
to see affection like that in an album where
it is lacking.
It’s an angsty album talking about pain,
heartache, needing someone, the blues
and running away to a better place. It’s as
if she hasn’t grown up yet. It makes you
realize that your problems when you were
younger are unfortunately still prevalent as