There is an aching loneliness at the heart of Lykke Li's best songs. Her new single, "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone," is quite moving, with little more than faint guitar backing as raw heartache pours out of her as if from an open cut. "No Rest for the Wicked," from the Swedish singer's new album, I Never Learn, belies its predictable lyrics with austere vocals and a guest rap by A$AP Rocky, who breaks up the pop tune's candied production with a dose of straight-talking reality. "Just Like a Dream" lives up to its title, with an ethereal arrangement of distant drum rolls and haunting piano buttressing Li's lovelorn vocals. In general, she sounds much better when the more stripped-down production matches the intimacy of her delivery.
Mon., May 19, 8 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 05/19/14)
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