2007年的让我痴迷的专辑没有出现 然而在刚刚跨入2008年 迎来了乐坛的重量级惊喜Lykke Li(pronounced “Lu-key Loo”?)的首张专辑Youth Novels
来自瑞典的Lykke Li仅仅21岁 音色带有童音编曲融合了多种原声乐器 去年推出的EP Little Bit仍然是专辑中的最大亮点 但其他的曲目也很好地支撑起了整张大碟的品质就算是几近不插电的编曲 也让人品味出一种电子风味 大概是她对歌曲的创作和对自己声音上的不同演绎 使得乐曲秒趣盎然
类似於intro性质的开场曲Melodies & Desires只是口白叙述 却充满迷幻色彩 为整张专辑的冷色基调极好的打下基础
I’m Good. I’m Gone似乎将是第二支单曲 mv采用了现场实拍不插电版本尽显这位小妮的搞怪风采
my love一曲的吉他和键盘有种莫名的暖意 而Lykke的音色仍旧有些冰冷 凸显一种孤独感 到副歌时的合唱有种自娱自乐的感觉仿佛看见一个个孤单的玩偶守在自己的玩具屋 默默祈祷著 而最后的管乐的出现有些令人意外(如同专辑第二首中管乐的加入 有些不确定为什么会有萨克斯风但又有些说不出的妙)
接下来来到已经被不少人在去年听到 并且列为去年最佳单曲的Little Bit 不可否认这首是大碟内旋律最为动人的曲目 小孩的音色中带著一点点沙哑 令人印象深刻 长句短句交错 使歌曲具有跳跃感 而歌词让我想起一部电影 Me and You and Everyone We Know 其中有个小女孩把所有的零花钱用在购买未来家庭的琐碎物品 打蛋器 窗帘 锅 碗…她说这是她的嫁妆 带入她同她未来爱上的男人组建的家庭 有些可笑 有些童真 但却美好
虽然Lykke音色特别 但她没有一成不变的运用 为了营造不同的听感 某些曲目的唱法很特别 比如Breaking It Up出现了不少假音 童音加假音 的确够特别的 副歌部分再次采用了合唱 但比较强烈 应该说依照专辑的曲目安排听下来 Lykke的演唱是逐渐用力加强的过程。
Twenty-one-year-old Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li Timotej Zachrisson, or Lykke Li for short, has been steadily building a buzz among the bloggers since late 2007, and for good reason. After all, a comely young artist with sumptuously fragile voice and a knack for extraordinary pop hooks, coming from a part of the world that simply can do no wrong when it comes to good, smart pop music, and whose debut full-length Youth Novels has been produced by Björn Yttling of indie darlings Peter, Bjorn & John, is the kind of stuff that begs for internet hype. And true enough, thanks to a knockout single in “Little Bit”, numerous popular YouTube clips (a bathroom performance by she and her band is especially charming), and a gregarious, energetic presence in concert, that groundswell of word-of-mouth appears to be cresting at just the right time: Youth Novels debuted at number one on the Swedish album charts, the ravenous UK music press has leaped boisterously onto the bandwagon, and a North American release date is imminent.
And for once, all the praise form the bloggers and music scribes is completely warranted. Exuding the kind of ambition and open defiance of convention that could only come from an artist just barely out of her teens, Youth Novels, while not without its share of bumps, is an extraordinary first album. With famed Swedish pop producer Lasse Mårtén assisting (the guy behind Kelly Clarkson’s ingenious mainstream-to-indie poptimist crossover smash “Since U Been Gone"), Lykke Li and Yttling have created a surprisingly stark-sounding album, an enticing blend of Robyn’s unpretentious dance-pop and El Perro del Mar’s introspection and tenderness. For a record whose thematic center is the hormonally-enhanced, bipolar passion of one’s teenage years, it’s remarkably mature-sounding.
Amazon Normally these days, you’d expect a song that includes acoustic guitar, piano, synth, celeste, vibraphones, theremin, and saxophone to fly completely off the handle in an overbearing Jon Brion-esque manner, but “Dance Dance Dance” is a good example of the album’s careful restraint, a furtively plucked guitar providing the lone instrumental melody, lightly tapped cowbells adding a whimsical feel, the song building to a sublime little climax, Lykke Li’s tender voice maintaining an even keel throughout.
That organic feel dominates much of the album. The reggae-tinged “Let it Fall” is comprised primarily of a simple, thrumming acoustic bassline and gentle flourishes of synth, Rhodes piano, and acoustic guitar, Lykke Li’s endearingly melodramatic lyrics taking center stage ("I like it salt, I like it wet, like my make-up in a mess, so I cry hard, let it fall, and I won’t stop until my tears are all shed"). The pretty, harpsichord-enhanced “Hanging High” and especially the aching “Time Flies”, which has Lykke Li singing in a high register, both bear a striking resemblance to the sad, self-deprecating Swedish pop of El Perro del Mar, and while the delightfully murky stomp of the jealousy-riddled “Window Blues” is the kind of song you can envision Tom Waits performing, this petite Swede with the girlish voice sells it just as effectively. The closest we get to a complete band performance is on the fabulous “I’m Good, “I’m Gone”, a snappy yet ominous piano/bass line adding a touch of darkness before the song bursts into its sneering chorus, Lykke Li’s humorously suggestive imagery ("butter on my piece of bun”?) shifting into a direct attack on her fella: “If you say I aim too high from down below, well say it now cause when I’m gone you’ll be calling, but I won’t be at the phone.”
Top marks, though, go to the gorgeous “Little Bit”, which has turned into one of the more memorable singles of the past year and a half. Again, its approach is far more subtle that most contemporary pop singles would ever dare to be, its gentle, slightly distorted bass synth propelled by the faintest traces of percussion, both electronic and acoustic, Yttling providing mandolin accents during the chouses. But it’s Lykke Li who commands our attention, delivering as perfect a hook in the chorus that rivals Robyn’s best work, but not before making us fall off our chairs with a second verse that tosses aside all nuance in favor of direct, unadulterated lust:
And for you I keep my legs apart,
And forget about my tainted heart,
And I will never ever be the first to say it, but
Still I, yes you know
I would do it, push the button,
Pull the trigger,
Climb a mountain,
Jump off a cliff cause you know baby I love love you a little bit
Her name sounding like a play on the Norwegian word lykkelig, meaning “happy”, the similarity seems rather fitting considering the effervescence Lykke Li displays both onstage and on record. At times Youth Novels feels like it’s straining to bowl us over (it’s a bold idea, but really, does any album need two spoken word tracks?), but even its slight mis-steps have a way of winning us over in the end. Classy, fun, sensual, and more grown-up than you’d expect, it’s the kind of confident debut that puts the Kate Nashes of the world to shame.
01. Melodies And Desires
02. Dance Dance Dance
03. I'm Good Im Gone
04. Let It Fall
05. My Love
06. Little Bit
07. Hanging High
08. This Trumpet In My Head
09. Complaint Department
10. Breaking It Up
11. Time Flies
12. Window Blues