Tove Lo’s new album is ‘Lady Wood.’ It’s the highly anticipated sophomore album from the Swedish singer-songwriter who rose to fame with her critically acclaimed debut ‘Queen of the Clouds.’ Now critics are weighing in on her latest effort. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
The 28-year-old Swede rose to fame worldwide with her 2014 debut album ‘Queen of the Clouds — which Rolling Stone called ‘smartly produced arc-of-a-love-affair concept LP’ Her breakthrough hit was “Habits (Stay High), a song that topped charts internationally and became one of the ubiquitous earworms of that year.
She’s already known for her brazen and unsparing and often explicit lyrics exploring relationships and intimacy, and this time around is no different.
In an interview with GQ, she spoke about the songs on the new album, which draw from her personal experiences, and said, “”Lyrically I was scared,…I was like ‘F–k, am I gonna dare to be as open next time?’ I didn’t realize how many people were gonna hear it when I wrote those songs.” Continuing, she added, “That’s where Lady Wood came from, because I, for some reason, love doing things that scare me and turn me on at the same time.”
Now the critics are weighing in, giving the album mostly positive reviews. Here’s a roundup.
“….It’s pop music of the highest calibre, music for the head, heart, feet and everywhere in between. ….” –The Line of Best Fith
“….Though this cache of innovations is often depleted, when utilized correctly they wield enough ingenuity to distinguish Nilsson from the rest of the pack. ….” –Pretty Much Amazing
“….Throughout the album, pop professionalism upstages passion. The songs might have been more telling in other guises. ……” –New York Times
“…Some listeners may not warm to Lo’s persona, but her songwriting skills are difficult to fault (she’s also co-written hits for Ellie Goulding and Girls Aloud on the side). Aided by collaborators including Lorde producer Joel Little and Max Martin’s protégé Ilya Salmanzadeh, she keeps the hooks coming throughout. …” –NME
“….Lady Wood isn’t an album made for radio or easy digestion. The hooks are there but, like Tove herself, they aren’t succumbing expectations….. –DIY Magazine
“….This album celebrates sex with an infectious joie de vivre, while tracks like Cool Girl–a sarcastic ode to no-strings romance–prove she’s not just posturing….” –The Guardian
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Tove Lo’s ‘Lady Wood’ album cover art and music videos below.