I Never Learn

Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #386 / 854
Year End Rank: #31
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Based on 386 ratings
2014 Ratings: #61
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May 5, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
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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. 

This is the time when Lykke Li has a good potential to be radio friendly and interesting.
with mystical and chill inducing lyrics and a grandiose production that evokes the chilly mountains of sweden, lykke li is able to create an equally raw and dreamy masterpiece. her tone throughout the album is vulnerable and Sad, with immense productions that still feel as personal as a whisper in your ear. i never learn might be one of the best breakup albums ever created - the kind where you're even in, or out, love and still want to crawl up and die
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.
( ☆☆☆☆ ) — breathtakingly solid
A solid heartbreak album. I was pretty surprised by this album because of how emotional it is. Her voice is pretty unique but there is nothing amazing in the music itself however.

Favourite tracks: No Rest For The Wicked, Heart Of Steel, Gunshot, Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone, Sleeping Alone
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Decade Lists

#64/UPROXX (2010s)

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
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Added on: February 27, 2014