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Youth Novels [5051442824827]

  • 1. Melodies & Desires
    2. Dance, Dance, Dance
    3. I'm Good, I'm Gone
    4. Let It Fall
    5. My Love
    6. Tonight
    7. Little Bit
    8. Hanging High
    9. This Trumpet in My Head
    10. Complaint Department
    11. Breaking It Up
    12. Everybody But Me
    13. Time Flies
    14. Window Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5144282482

  • Credits
    ProducerBjorn Yttling; Lasse Martin
    EngineerMatt Azzarto; Janne Hansson; Bil Emmons; Bjorn Yttling; Lasse Martin

    Personnel: Bjrn Yttling (acoustic guitar, mandolin, flute, trumpet, piano, celesta, harpsichord, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, vibraphone, electric bass, drums, snare drum, percussion, background vocals); Erik Arvinder, Andreas Forsman (violin); John Eriksson (Mellotron, drums, cymbals, percussion); Lars Skoglund (drums, cowbells, hi-hat, percussion); Neil Lipuma (tambourine); Walter E. Sear (Theremin); Peter Morn, Dylan Von Wagner, Lissy Trullie (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Bjrn Yttling; Lasse Mrtn.
    Recording information: Atlantis Studio; Decibel Studios; Hogalid Studio, Stockholm, Sweden; Sear Sound, NY; Think Tank, Hoboken, NJ.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ixing adorable playground scats with spoken-word whispers and parched coos....The arrangements also dress simple tunes in surprising ways, with odd choral bits and percolating percussion webs..."
    Spin (p.118) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he approach proves bulletproof: Her voice is mousy, the low end juicy, the melodies sketchy, the choruses huge."
    Spin (p.47) - Ranked #36 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[T]he steely passion is pure Lykke Li -- this is her proclamation of absolute fidelity."
    Magnet (p.110) - "'Dance Dance Dance' is driven by a basic acoustic-guitar rhythm, a chugging horn section, minimal percussion and found sounds..."
    CMJ - "[S]he churns out bright electro-pop at one moment, and then turns around and pumps out tracks full of live instrumentation and delicately soulful crooning at another."
    Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.48) - "Whether she's waxing intimate and vulnerable on the echo-washed piano ballad 'Melodies & Desires,' or rocking out on the oddly new-wavish 'Breaking It Up,' Li is adding a fresh voice to a growing collective of homegrown Swedish talent..."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'My Love' blooms from a simple Spanish guitar into a cymbal-crashing Phil Spector grandeur, and the funereal closer, 'Window Blue,' reveals the sultry timbres of her voice."
    Paste (magazine) (p.71) - "[D]eterminedly diverse....[YOUTH NOVELS] marries inventive dance rhythms to confessional songwriting....With Li finding cathartic joy in the simple act of making music."
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