Review: Lykke Li ‘Youth Novels’

Lykke Li ‘Youth Novels’: Aidin Vaziri | Maybe it’s having grown up watching all those videos that had Madonna rolling around on the floor wearing lace gloves and caressing lion cheeks, but it seems as if every young Swedish singer who tries to have her own “Borderline” moment ends up with something monumentally more jaw-dropping. The latest example is 22-year-old Lykke Li, who threw herself full on into “The Immaculate Collection” while her hippie parents were off swinging from trees in Portugal or something. Anyway, since she couldn’t exactly just call up Nile Rodgers, Jellybean Benitez or William Orbit, Li has instead come up with a mesmerizing brand of pure pop that is distinctly her own. She made first impact earlier this year on the British television show “Later … With Jools Holland,” where people such as Phil Collins usually show up with 20-piece orchestras. Li came with an acoustic guitar player and some guy tapping on a box, while she slapped a tambourine (later switching to a bell) and sang the saucy, elfin ballad “Little Bit.” How many love songs can handle a sentiment like “For you, I’ll keep my legs apart”? There are shades of Björk and Feist in her spacey voice, which on her first album is paired with a raw, electro-pop score that makes tracks such as “I’m Good, I’m Gone” and “Breaking It Up” 101 percent addictive. And what about “This Trumpet in My Head”? Pffffttt. We can only hope she never makes enough money to move to Los Angeles to do Pilates and Timbaland.

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