Swedish singer Tove Lo released her second sexually-charged album “Lady Wood” Friday. While this album definitely does not contain as many pop songs as her first album “Queen of the Clouds” did, it still incorporates some indie and electronic pop beats.
With songs reminiscent of something you would hear in an upscale bar or club in New York, Tove Lo provides nothing short of her usual risky lyrics. That turns out to be something I really enjoyed about this album. It was the risks she took in making a revealing album about how females also enjoy participating in the hook up culture that made the album so great. Songs like “Queen of the Clouds” and “Talking Body” contain up beat tempo ballads that fit the club music style. This CD still maintains the same experimental tracks where she composes pop beats, but she does so in a slightly more energetic and trendy way.
The hits on this album are “Cool Girl” and “Lady Wood” for their obviously smooth and sultry lyrics. Tove Lo takes the meaning of the album in a different direction than her first. “Queen of the Clouds” covers topics of being love and the addicting quality it can have.
This album is like the revenge after the break-up phase. With a resurgence of vibrant narratives, this soundtrack reiterates Tove Lo’s feministic view point. This is especially true in her song “Influence” featuring Wiz Khalifa where her confidence shows with lyrics about how she does not want to be influenced. Included in this song is the lyric “I’m fine as fuck,” which is just one example of how her risks pay off in a liberating way.
A joyful liberation is what many are calling this album with its dicey repetition of sexual topics and random cussing. It’s not topic for an albums to discuss something other than the guy’s sexual role. Tove Lo discusses a no strings attached relationships in a fresh way. Every once in a while it’s normal for artists to be called edgy for an occasional song, but Tove Lo really initiates the edginess for today’s electronica pop inspired music.
Aside from her dance centered songs, the best part of this album is her bluntness. After all, humans chase all kinds of things, and Tove Lo just sings about the adrenaline we feel in chasing these sometimes meaningless things and the result after the chase. In particular, this whole album essentially revolves around hook up culture.
Should you listen to it?: Yes
Overall, the songs are mediocre in comparison to some of her other pieces, but if you’re into smooth sensual melodic beats and revealing lyrics, Tove Lo’s new soundtrack is the perfect mix. Whether it’s the creepy, acoustic guitar or the dance floor mantras, Tove Lo nails this album with her straight-forward lyrics and chill step inspired rhythms, even though her first album still remains on top.