Lykke Li’s album showcases talent

By Jazmin Belcher

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li changes the perception of indie pop music with her third album, “I Never Learn.”

The depressing album has an unforgettable vibe as Li describes struggles with guilt, shame and confusion as a woman.

In “No Rest for the Wicked,” Li showcases her talents as a songwriter with strong and powerful lyrics like, “I let my good one down. I let my true love die. I had his heart but I broke it every time.”

Li’s impactful lyrics and her usage of acoustic guitars and orchestral strings provide a harsh and haunting feeling to listeners with songs like “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone.” Li produces raw emotions in this song as she speaks the truth about her many troubles with relationships.

Throughout the album, the singer uses melancholy songs full of heartbreak, disillusion and redemption. In “Just Like a Dream” and “Heart of Steel,” Li tries to deal with losing a lover and finding one.

Li sings as if she recently endured a tough breakup as one can hear in “Never Gonna Love Again,” when she sings that she he cannot love anyone but the person she was once with. A fully expressive and deep singer-songwriter, Li works accurately within her range of musical talents to tell a story through song. If all up-and-coming music was this well-made and emotionally mature, maybe pop culture lovers would have a little more depth and a little less “White Girl Wasted.”

But it seems Li changes the critics’ view of her musical style by not shying away from her intense and emotional lyrics. Li opts to write and sing about hard topics with raw emotion while most artists would rather kick that idea under the rug.