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LADY WOOD POLYDOR, OUT NOW Rising Swede jus­ti­fies the hype on stun­ning sec­ond.

On her 2014 de­but, Queen Of The Clouds, Tove Lo dis­tin­guished her­self as a charis­matic pop star re­port­ing live from the front­lines of the mil­len­nial ex­pe­ri­ence. Her lyri­cal frank­ness re­gard­ing mat­ters of love, sex and drugs was al­ready mag­netic, but it’s al­to­gether more cap­ti­vat­ing on Lady Wood. Whereas, say, Lorde typ­i­cally sings as an aloof so­cial ob­server, Tove Lo’s brand of pen­sive pop cap­tures her per­son­ally wran­gling with epipha­nies, even if it means she has to start philosophis­ing on the dancefloor dur­ing WTF Love Is. Con­sid­er­ing just how prom­i­nent Lo’s per­son­al­ity is in these songs, she’s also sur­pris­ingly elu­sive: on Cool Girl she essen­tially chal­lenges lis­ten­ers to de­ci­pher if her in­dif­fer­ence to­wards love is sin­cere or a de­fence mech­a­nism. This is in­tel­li­gent pop freighted with emo­tional com­plex­ity. It de­serves to be cel­e­brated. GE­ORGE GAR­NER

Lis­ten To: Cool Girl | WTF Love Is | Don’t Talk About It

Tove Lo: “in­tel­li­gent pop freighted with emo­tional com­plex­ity.”

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