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Lykke Li was dressing like a witch before it was cool, which might certify her as the ultimate tastemaker in today's post-Salem world. Wounded Rhymes follows her 2008 debut, Youth Novels, and offers more of the somber, plaintive emotions that characterized Li as the heart-on-sleeve pop darling of the indie scene. Li has called the album a partial statement about female empowerment -- a more direct, darker sound compared to the light-as-a-feather sound of Youth Novels' best cuts. The black-and-white video for "Get Some," which features kaleidoscope images of Li folding into herself and grainy film footage of gender wars and the jungle, certainly plays into that intention. Too bad everyone's just going to say she copied Lady Gaga.

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