so sad so sexy

Lykke Li - so sad so sexy
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2018 Ratings: #509 / 676
User Score
Based on 232 ratings
2018 Ratings: #499
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
God Is in the TV

There’s plenty of hip-hop influence in the early tracks though it isn’t pervasive. There’s also enough for her own purists to latch on to, and the odd danceable track, along with some very charming introspective ballads. A compelling mix.

80
Loud and Quiet

The main surprise on this album is less the change in musical direction and more that she didn’t take it sooner.

80
The Independent
Li’s latest foray in pop is a brilliant display of growth, both personally and professionally. She once again proves that there’s no such thing as boring in her music.
80
NME
As always, there are chinks of light breaking through the darkness, only this time they seem all the more dazzling.
80
The Guardian
So Sad So Sexy marks Li’s return to music after having a baby, losing her mother and experiencing a creative dry spell, and is defined by overt, intoxicating emotion in lieu of her more quaint, contained sadness of old.
80
AllMusic
Despite the overwhelming sadness cocooning the album, Li's voice sparkles in this fresh, hip-hop/pop-leaning arena.
80
Clash

While this might not be the most pivotal ‘sad pop’ record from someone who arguably coined the genre, it can stand toe-to-toe with the best of them and few albums have ever been as appropriately named as ‘so sad so sexy’.

80
musicOMH

Sadness may remain her true love, but when she flirts with other emotions, the effect can still be magical.

80
Highsnobiety
Most artists come off as overdramatic when their material revolves around the highs and lows of love, but Lykke Li maintains an honest perspective as she presents an iridescent exhibit of the multifaceted layers of intimacy.
75
Consequence of Sound

Although the trap-influenced style wears thin at times, so sad so sexy is a superb reinvention of Lykke Li.

75
Northern Transmissions
As she embraces a little more modern dance pop on her new record, she has trouble maintaining her unusual tendencies. While her lyrics are as biting as ever, this album struggles to hit the right balance in energies to be new and definitively Lykke.
75
Under The Radar

It's been four years since her last outing—the electro-goth tour de force that was I Never Learn—and in that time, it seems that maybe she has learnt from these past mistakes and that, for once, finally, she has the upper hand.

74
GIGsoup

Filled with emotional, vulnerability, love, despair and raw beauty, 'So Sad, So Sexy' is one of Li's most introspective albums yet. It is an album that she needed to make as an artist and as a creator.

70
Exclaim!

so sad so sexy is an unusual blend of pop and R&B inspiration, but it's not a memorable album. Lykke Li scratches the bare surface of the talent she possesses, making you wish there was just a little more energy.

67
A.V. Club

Lykke Li’s fourth album, So Sad So Sexy, is more introverted and meditative than her previous efforts—the equivalent of sitting at home alone obsessing over bad decisions rather than raging about them with friends.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

Homogeny can help hold an album together, but in the case of So Sad, So Sexy it feels like Zachrisson wants to play it safe in her new sound.

64
Pitchfork

On so sad, her traumas are too often muted by abstraction and unspecificity. Li is clearly an artist of stormy passions—four albums in, she still seeks the flood of love before she reaches for the life preserver. But by experiencing that same torrent of emotions again and again, it is beginning to lose its impact.

60
Drowned in Sound

If Li was a Pokémon collector So Sad So Sexy would have caught ‘em all, but alas – this is music; and the truth is Li should really leave the hip-hop influences too Janelle Monae and Lorde.

60
Dork
Throughout, there’s a committed move into menacing darkness-drenched pop, something that to a Lykke Li fan may take a while to come around to, but in establishing herself as a whole new force on modern pop, it makes her undeniably exciting.
60
The Line of Best Fit

so sad so sexy has undisputed ambition, but the emotional mastery of Li’s best work is too often lost in the haze.

60
DIY
There’s a lot of terrain covered here, in an experimentation that sometimes feels slightly jarring given its subject matter.
60
Crack Magazine
Smart and sophisticated, it’s a fourth album reaching a new stage of maturity, while staying conscious of the industry that informs it.
60
FLOOD Magazine

Even if you don’t 100 percent buy into all of Lykke’s dark/light kooky mysticism, sonically and emotionally, so sad so sexy is what it promises.

60
The 405

So Sad So Sexy is by no means a bad record, but while the Li of previous records was refreshing and stark showing us her vulnerability, the slickly produced nature of this means that’s often lost and in its place is cliché as Li tries to hang onto the weighty romance of youth.

60
PopMatters

so sad so sexy is incredibly downcast, sometimes oppressively so. The difference here is that by going with big-name producers, hip-hop beats, and lyrics that at least suggest a constant wry, knowing smile, Zachrisson takes control of the narrative and shows us how to live our best, saddest life.

50
Slant Magazine

Primarily juxtaposing ethereal atmospherics and skittering trap beats, So Sad So Sexy is a sleek, homogenous pop-oriented album that feels both conceptually half-formed and technically fussed-over.

40
The Skinny

It's actually not a terrible record, really, but it's frustratingly complacent after two outstanding albums.

40
Rolling Stone

For the last decade, Lykke Li has been a pop outlier, singing songs that were too quirky for U.S. radio but catchy enough for under-the-radar success. But on her fourth LP, So Sad So Sexy, she embraces slickly produced pop with open arms, and she's lost some of her character.

plowo
81
Lykke Li has spend the last years with some interesting projects, she appeared in the 2017's Terrence Malick movie "Song to Song" and started a new supergroup called Liv which she described as "the love child of ABBA and Fleetwood Mac". All this points that she will follow her melancoly orchestral art pop and with "so sad so sexy" she is still melancoly but now instead of using the orchestral-pop of her previous albuns, she jumped in a very distinct sound, she ... read more
WildChameleon
35
So sad not so sexy, the new album of Lykke Li is a huge failure (and personal disappoint). The beats are overused as hell, the lyrics are extremely uninspired and the music itself feels so bland. It even doesn't seem that it's a more safer direction of a good artist, it's a generic album in the strict term. I never learn already took safer direction but succeeded to give emotions.

Even the cover is really not good (powerpoint + photo filter + edgy photos + word writing + any kind of ... read more
itsyahboinoah
47
oh yesssss trap beats mmmmmm yes bby yes
sopranos
77
We've been waiting for this album since the first single. Lykke Li showed how good she is with hiphop-pop, with her singles released before the album. 'so sad so sexy' has melancholic lyrics and different sound for each song. You find yourself 'sadly dancing' and at least 6 songs on the album are very fluent, and even this explains that the album is over and over the middle.
25
Voice -> flat, production -> thin, trying too hard to be 'current' -> absolutely
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Track List

  1. hard rain
  2. deep end
  3. two nights (feat. Amine)
  4. last piece
  5. jaguars in the air
  6. sex money feelings die
  7. so sad so sexy
  8. better alone
  9. bad woman
  10. utopia
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Added on: April 19, 2018