For those looking for a change of pace, look no further than Lykke Li's latest addition to the canon. The aptly titled so sad so sexy is a testament to the complexities of emotional connection, as perceived by one of the game's most understated songwriters. With a breezy voice and deeply personal lyrics, Li has once again showcased a welcome sense of vulnerability. Given the album's self-proclaimed "sad" nature, it's unfortunately she couldn't get the homie Yung Lean for a collaboration.
Production-wise, the album is an exercise in minimalism, with sparse percussive landscapes and retro synthwork. Consider "sex money feelings die" as the pinnacle of the experiment, where Li flexes lyrically over an eighties nostalgia trip. Powerful stuff, particularly for those seeking "vibe." At ten tracks, the album is hardly a strenuous listen, and Li packs plenty of emotion into the half-hour plus journey.
Should you be looking for something beyond the realm of hip-hop, perhaps so sad so sexy can prove a welcome remedy.