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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Swedish singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Aminé and Rostam Batmanglij.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 8, 2018
    91
    A mind-boggling host of collaborators are along for the ride yet the album-- including Bhasker, Malay (Frank Ocean, Zayn), Rostam (Vampire Weekend), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, Eminem, Bruno Mars), even Skrillex--and the vision never feel like they’re anyone’s but hers, and the title track, “Deep End,” “Sex Money Feelings Die” and especially “Last Piece” and “Utopia” are easily among the best songs she’s ever done.
  2. This is how you really do summertime sadness.
  3. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    Li's defeat and grief are palpable, yet she delivers with such grace and control, which offers a glimmer of hope for the fellow romantically downtrodden. With production to match, so sad so sexy succeeds in providing a relatable therapy session for love's final gasps.
  4. Jun 5, 2018
    70
    so sad so sexy is an unusual blend of pop and R&B inspiration, but it's not a memorable album. Lykke Li scratches the bare surface of the talent she possesses, making you wish there was just a little more ener
  5. Jun 8, 2018
    67
    Lykke Li’s fourth album, So Sad So Sexy, is more introverted and meditative than her previous efforts.
  6. Jun 8, 2018
    60
    This is clearly an album of personal and musical growth for Lykke Li--it’ll be interesting to see where she goes next.
  7. Jun 5, 2018
    40
    It's actually not a terrible record, really, but it's frustratingly complacent after two outstanding albums.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
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  1. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    Lykke Li is like a chameleon. Her voice. Her soul. Her heart and her sadness have evolved. She changed her own skin. Me as a fan I am not theLykke Li is like a chameleon. Her voice. Her soul. Her heart and her sadness have evolved. She changed her own skin. Me as a fan I am not the same that I was when she released I Never Learn. I've changed. She have changed. So Sad So Sexy is a bittersweet caress of Lykke Li's life. Expand
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    10
    A troca de sonoridade para Lykke não influenciou em nada em suas perfeitas composições, claro é estranho no começo perceber a mudança, mas aoA troca de sonoridade para Lykke não influenciou em nada em suas perfeitas composições, claro é estranho no começo perceber a mudança, mas ao mesmo tempo é surpeendente a versatilidade para a mudança. Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    Although this is definitely Lykke's most pop sounding album yet, it is undoubtedly a solid piece of dark and r&b pop. Throughout the course ofAlthough this is definitely Lykke's most pop sounding album yet, it is undoubtedly a solid piece of dark and r&b pop. Throughout the course of the album, the production, lyrics and vocals uphold a high standard and are overall the defining moments of this album. Short, simple, nostalgic and ecstatic. Top tracks: hard rain, deep end, sexy money feelings die, two nights Expand
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    9
    so sad so sexy is a masterpiece. Some songs blend fresh hip hop beats with Lykke Li's beautiful vocals, while others keep it simple with moreso sad so sexy is a masterpiece. Some songs blend fresh hip hop beats with Lykke Li's beautiful vocals, while others keep it simple with more distracting, pensive instrumentalization, making a work of art that will not be forgotten anytime soon. Favourite tracks: hard rain, deep end, last piece, jaguars in the air Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2018
    9
    Such a brilliantly sad and sassy album that really speaks to Lykke Li's brand of cool-loner-artist who is always finding love in the wrongSuch a brilliantly sad and sassy album that really speaks to Lykke Li's brand of cool-loner-artist who is always finding love in the wrong places. Download: Deep End, Sex Money Feelings Die, Hard Rain, So Sad So Sexy. Expand
  6. Jun 10, 2018
    8
    Deeply layered, So sad So sexy is indeed Li's boldest move yet. A clever, relevant and contemporary collection of pop tunes. The swedishDeeply layered, So sad So sexy is indeed Li's boldest move yet. A clever, relevant and contemporary collection of pop tunes. The swedish musician shows us once again that versatility is her keyword. And of course, when Frank Ocean figures on the credits, we can expect the finest production we can get. In a scene of Trap that's getting saturated with mediocre works, Li's 2018 rendition stands as a strong and consistent body of work. The album is too short, which is a shame. Must-listen tracks: "Two Nights", "Better Alone", "Hard Rain". Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2018
    4
    Lykke Li has sold out and gone pop. So Sad So Sexy is without a doubt her worst album. If you want to listen to something that is inspired andLykke Li has sold out and gone pop. So Sad So Sexy is without a doubt her worst album. If you want to listen to something that is inspired and that does not blindly follow musical trends, I recommend Wounded Rhymes or Youth Novels. Expand

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