Heart of Steel
Label: Atlantic Records Uk
Eternally heartbroken, Lykke Li's "rawest, starkest" album to date, replete with piano and acoustic soul ballads, is still a 32-minute diamond of airtight popcraft, from the dubby plea "Silverline" to the bluesy "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone." But the best of all is "Gunshot," which bases its funereal melody on Madonna's "Like a Prayer" and builds to a gorgeous coda. It may be raw, but all those layered harmonies help continue to prove her pop dominance.