I Never Learn

Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #381 / 845
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 364 ratings
2014 Ratings: #67
May 5, 2014 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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. 

WildChameleon
76
This is the time when Lykke Li has a good potential to be radio friendly and interesting.
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.
holsgr
81
( ☆☆☆☆ ) solid and highly recommended project
siberianbreaks
NR
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
gabromzk
86
Emotional raw. A disillusion vision of love. A heartbreaking album.
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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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