I Never Learn
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
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Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #376 / 841
Year End Rank: #31
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Based on 293 ratings
2014 Ratings: #63
May 5, 2014 / Release Date
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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. 

Dec 11, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
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
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.
Jun 19, 2018
perfeito do começo ao fim, principalmente o começo. melhor trabalho até hoje da Lykke, espero q um dia consiga superar. tudo é tão bem pensado e encaixado, parabens a producao

melhores faixas: I Never Learn - essa eh de longe a melhor do album -, gunshot, sleeping alone
Jun 13, 2018
TOP 5 Tracks
- No Rest For The Wicked
- Gunshot
- Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone
- Heart Of Steel
- Never Gonna Love Again
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Added on: February 27, 2014