Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Swedish singer Tove Lo works a killer pop paradox: her songs sleek and sheer, her bare-knuckled lyrics delivered with chill concision. But her world is a mess of bleary late nights and confessional abandon..."
Entertainment Weekly - "While Lo's lyrics are stark and intensely personal, the music sounds engineered for the masses. Lo, who's written for Ellie Goulding and apprenticed with Max Martin, gets assists from Swedish songwriting pros the Struts." -- Grade: A-
NME (Magazine) - "[S]he keeps the hooks coming throughout as her hip, minimal electro-pop quivers, shimmers, pulses and throbs."
Pitchfork (Website) - "LADY WOOD is short, but Lo finds ample darkness to plumb. 'Don't Talk About It' recasts the girl squads so ubiquitous in pop culture as nihilistic cliques hazing each other into empty highs and dead-eyed selfies."
Clash (magazine) - "[H]er new outlook is more overtly based around female sexual dominance and unashamedly embracing hedonism..."
Audio Mixer: Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Golden Age, Los Angeles, CA; MXM Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Wolf Cousins Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.
Photographer: Matt Jones .
After the frankness of songs like "Habits (Stay High)" and "Talking Body," it's not surprising that Tove Lo named her second album after a term for a female erection. Even her collaboration with Alesso, "Heroes (We Could Be)," kept some of Queen of the Clouds' dark, rebellious charisma, which she refines on Lady Wood. Building on the success of that song and "Talking Body," Lo takes her music in a sleeker direction informed by EDM and R&B. The former single "Cool Girl" sets the tone for the rest of the album: Over sparse synths and beats, Lo adopts the perspective of Gone Girl's fantasy woman, using indifference as armor against any threat of heartache or vulnerability. This aloofness informs Lady Wood's first half -- like Queen of the Clouds, this album is presented in chapters -- as Lo juxtaposes smooth sounds with a viewpoint that's anything but: When she sings "I'm gonna get hurt" on "True Disaster," the sweet melody adds a thrill of anticipation. On Lady Wood's second half, the painfully honest -- and relatable -- drama queen of Queen of the Clouds is given a wider berth. Lo gets as much mileage from keeping secrets on the smoldering "Don't Talk About It," as she did confessing them on her debut. Meanwhile, on "Imaginary Friend," she devises a different form of escapism than she did on "Habits (Stay High)." ~ Heather Phares