Lykke Li, 'I Never Learn' (May 6th)
Swedish indie-pop singer Lykke Li calls the tracks on I Never Learn, her third record, "power ballads for the broken." "I want to be my generation's guilty pleasure," she tells Rolling Stone. "I want to be the last song that plays at the disco for the outcasts." If the soundtrack to the preview video she released for the album is any indication, the record won't be so much a guilty pleasure as a proudly bittersweet chronicle of heartbreak. According to Li, austerity was her secret weapon this time around. "I've been really inspired by the great classics, the way one simple sentence can transcend generations," she says. "Songs like [Ben E. King and the Drifters'] 'Save the Last Dance for Me' or even Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is.' The whole record is me trying to live up to those types of songs; feelings and themes that we have all been through and can recognize." In the process of making songs meant to be timeless, Li says she obsessed over details and "almost lost [her] mind."