Tove Lo's Lady Wood doesn't have the big hit standout singles that she had on her 2014 debut, but that is what makes this an album worth playing again and again.
Her style is her own, she gives us songs that flow forth in chapters and this album features the first two chapters, the first half of a double album. The songs on this album follow the chapters "Fairy Dust" and "Fire Fade." The third and fourth chapters "Light Beam" and "Pitch Black" are to be included on Tove Lo's third studio album that will come in 2017.
Lady Wood is a richly produced album that blends your modern tech-house sound with all the elements of dance-pop that Tove Lo fans crave.
With regard to the album's title Lady Wood Tove Lo says "it's kind of like saying a chick with balls, but since we don't have balls, it's lady wood."
She lives hard and fast in an all out self deprecating fashion, losing control of herself and relishing every moment of the experience.
With her second album she is triumphant in further exploring emotions that she is unable to control and can't ever be contained.
"Fairy Dust" is when I hear the fans shouting my name and I’m about to hit the stage. "Fire Fade" is when it all sort of starts to wear off and I’m losing connection with the fans a bit, and I’m trying to get back to that first chase. You feel vulnerable there. It's where you start to reveal your true self.
Tove Lo - describing the chapters of Lady Wood
The album is shorter than her first and lacks the big hits that might be expected, but don't let that put you off here. The surprising appeal of this album is the lack of tracks that might otherwise get overplayed, instead this is a whole album of very strong material that can be played over and over.
Rate this 3½ Stars