Is Lykke Li really the next big thing? Critics and music journalists certainly think the 22-year-old Swedish singer is something special, if you’ve happened upon the flood of recent reviews and blurbs.
Such hype serves as a not-so-subtle push to check things out, because after all, who wants to miss out on the next big thing? So spurred to action, I gave Lykke Li’s debut, Youth Novels, the :30 preview treatment via iTunes. And I’ve got some reservations.
There’s a certain twee-ness present on much of Youth Novels that isn’t really my cup of tea. Four tracks, however, have a little more heft to them and might be worth the download: “Let It Fall,” “Little Bit,” “Breaking It Up,” and first single “I’m Good, I’m Gone.” Check out the oddball clip for “I’m Good, I’m Gone,” which sports a singing/dancing troupe of geriatric actors:
The iTunes Deluxe Edition of Youth Novels features bonus remixes from Black Kids, CSS, and Diskjokke, which I did dig. (Maybe introspection is overrated and folks should work things out on the dance floor.) Unfortunately, those three tracks can’t be purchased as single songs.
So I’m a little iffy about Lykke Li. For the moment, I’ll limit my Swede fascination to Robyn, of whom the hype is real and true.
For a free download of “Tonight” from Youth Novels, visit Lykke Li’s website (click on ‘Secret Chapter’).