- I Never Learn

Lykke Li - I Never Learn
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 24 reviews
2014 Rank: #351 / 811
USER SCORE
78
Based on
243 ratings

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91
Consequence of Sound

Much like Angel Olsen’s also excellent album from this year, Li isn’t exactly blazing new territory in terms of emotional revelation but is in uncomfortable territory, realizing that her voice is her own and using it for what feels true to her.

90
The 405

It's a monumental epitaph of a record, the kind of reflective self-eulogising that's admirable and deserved of widespread adoration.

90
musicOMH

It’s a relatively short album by modern standards – just 33 minutes and nine tracks long. That brevity though works in its favour: by the time the Sleeping Alone comes to a close, you’re ready to skip right back to the title track which opens the album.

90
Exclaim!

Indeed it does feel like an ending of sorts, or at the very least a graduation, from the artist she was to the one she wants to be.

84
Pitchfork

I Never Learn utilizes the simplest tools of confessional songwriting: uneasily strummed acoustic guitars and resonant piano chords enlarged for texture and dramatic flair, like they’re appearing from behind a just-raised curtain, or from a radio as you sing to yourself. 

80
The Skinny

As myriad film franchises testify, part-threes are rarely a trilogy’s pinnacle, making I Never Learn a highly impressive (if thoroughly woebegone) exception to the rule. 

80
DIY

Just like love itself, it’s an album you will fall for despite (or even because of) its flaws and imperfections as much as the real moments of truth and beauty it provides.

80
AllMusic

She sounds every bit the wounded princess, unwilling to let anyone help her pick up the pieces as she delivers these lovely, sad songs from behind a shroud of her own making.

70
Under The Radar

It's quite frankly perfect pop, and despite its occasional missteps, that's something Li's trilogy has flaunted in abundance. 

60
Drowned in Sound

I Never Learn is by no means a failure - the highs are grand when they come - but it has a tendency towards bombast and shallow self indulgence that sees it edge dangerously close to the fringes of mediocrity. 

60
Time Out London

Li doesn’t want to be a pop darling anymore, but cringing overproduction has reduced an intended sense of earth-shattering heartbreak to a slurred self-pity.

60
NME

Maybe this is an album Lykke Li had, instead of wanted, to make. 'I Never Learn' is an album about love, but not a record to love. 

43
Pretty Much Amazing

Heard consecutively, these songs sound disappointingly like one another, and while one good belter about the pain of unrequited love is a blessing, nine in a row turns out to be real drag. 

May 20, 2014
JFulfy
77
No Rest for the Wicked amazing. I love the album and the songs, nothing really draws me back to listening more, and the album is all similar all the way through, no huge uniqueness to twist in music.
Jun 6, 2015
Gupla
84
I Never Learn es un epitafio monumental de un registro, el tipo de auto- elogio de reflexión que es admirable y merecido de adoración generalizada.
Dec 11, 2014
EMR
71
A beautiful, honest and heartfelt album. Lykke Li exposes just about everything that is to know about her as an artist and above all, as an emotional and sincere woman in this (maybe too) short ethereal pop record. A few of the songs are just too simple and it feels like there is still room for more exploration in here, but overall, the beautiful moments make this a recommended listen.
Jun 4, 2016
Raincoat
81
Delicate vulnerability hiding behind a veil of ethereal echoes. From behind the shroud it's beautiful, but when it breaks through it's stunning.

Highlight: "Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone"
Dec 30, 2015
100
Listened to this album on repeat FOREVER! Can't wait to listen to her next stuff! Love her music!
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Track List
  1. I Never Learn
  2. No Rest For The Wicked
  3. Just Like A Dream 
  4. Silverline
  5. Gunshot
  6. Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone
  7. Never Gonna Love Again
  8. Heart Of Steel
  9. Sleeping Alone


Added on: February 27, 2014