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Monday, November 21, 2011

Me likey Lykke Li at the Buckhead Theatre

With the Buckhead Theatre's stage drenched in blood red light, 25-year-old Lykke Li sings, "I've got the rich kids blues, and it's got nothing to do with you." But how can the Swedish singer have the "Rich Kid Blues" when a devoted audience packs a venue for her, swaying to every unrequited love song and atmospheric pop ditty she sings?

Is Li a rich kid? Born Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson to a photographer mother and musician father, Li grew up all over the world, from Portugal and Morocco to Nepal and India. Her jet-setting ways didn't stop as an adult, and she moved to Brooklyn to record her first album, Youth Novels. The album produced four singles, including the irresistible "Little Bit" that exuded the overwhelming weight of a crush and the ease to dispose of love. Her most recent album Wounded Rhymes is more somber with song titles like "Unrequited Love" and "Sadness is a Blessing." Luckily Li played a mix of both albums, though notably absent was "Dance Dance Dance."

  • Perry Juliem
Li is a captivating mix of Fiona Apple's white girl soul and Bjork's childlike vocals, funneled through Stevie Nick's witchy persona. Li is mesmerizing with long straight hair and porcelain skin in a non-revealing black dress with long draped sleeves. Lights flooded her stage show, working well when she was completely back-lit. The set-up backfired, though, when the white lights shone so brightly off the theater's cream walls, brightening the audience to fluorescent-like levels.

Lykke Li had fun banging on a cymbal with a single drum stick, rickecheting her wild hair back and forth in a dramatic hair-metal move. First Aid Kit opened the show and joined Li for a duet. The retro duo also sported pin-straight hair and harmonized with each other beautifully. Toward the end of Li's set, out of nowhere came the tribal chanting of Kanye West's "Power." The crowd violently clapped along to the beat as Lykke sang over the sample in a what can be called a live remix. (Li collaborated with West for "Gifted.") But for the most part, it seemed that Li didn't want to be on stage. She barely interacted with the audienced and rushed off the stage after the final song. Maybe after a lifetime of moving around, she wants to settle down. Perhaps that's the rich kid blues.

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Lykke Li at the Buckhead Theater

Lykke Li at the Buckhead Theater

November 20, 2011 - Swedish singer Lykke Li brought her witchy blend of emotional pop to the the Buckhead Theater. Folksy female duo First Aid Kit opened.

By Perry Julien

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