I Never Learn

Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #435 / 1004
Year End Rank: #26
User Score
Based on 467 ratings
2014 Ratings: #41
Liked by 19 people
May 5, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
lykkeli.com / Website
Sign In to rate and review


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.

The 405

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


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.


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.


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. 

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. 


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.


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.

Under The Radar

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

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. 

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.


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. 

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. 

Lykke Li being queen for 33 minutes straight as she should πŸ’…πŸ»πŸ’…πŸ»πŸ’…πŸ»

Actually, I thought her peak was "Wounded Rhymes", but "I Never Learn" became even better, sadder, and more sophisticated than "WR", and also, this album gave us one of the best songs of the century: "Gunshot". The growth of an artist that we deserve.
Lykke Li's 3rd studio album, I Never Learn is a powerful melancholic indie pop record which is both easy to engage whilst offering some amazing atmosphere and great lyrics for a soft spoken bittersweet 33 minutes, making the record not only dense with its content with so much to unpack but perfectly capturing that feeling of loneliness

Track Review

I Never Learn 8.5/10.
No Rest For The Wicked 9/10
Just Like A Dream 8/10
Silverline 7.5/10.
Gunshot 8.5/10.
Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of ... read more
E mesmo que pareça simples, e de fato é, 'I Never Learn' traz textura nos sons a base de guitarras e pianos, que juntos, criam a melodia exorbitante responsável por dar corpo as composições de alto teor confessional e revela um drama único acerca do que é apresentado.
This is the time when Lykke Li has a good potential to be radio friendly and interesting.
Se siente un album bastante conformista. Las baladas son buenas pero dificilmente penetran en el oyente.
Purchasing I Never Learn from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?

Added on: February 27, 2014