Friday, 11 November 2016


Lady Wood

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Lady Wood
Tove Lo - Lady Wood.png
Studio album by Tove Lo
Released28 October 2016
Recorded2014 – May 2016
  • Oscar Görres
  • Oscar Holter
  • Ilya
  • Joel Little
  • Tove Lo (exec.)
  • Ali Payami
  • Ludvig Söderberg (also exec.)
Tove Lo chronology
Queen of the Clouds
Lady Wood
Singles from Lady Wood
  1. "Cool Girl"
    Released: 4 August 2016
  2. "True Disaster"
    Released: 15 November 2016
Lady Wood is the second studio album by Swedish singer Tove Lo, released on 28 October 2016 by Island Records. The project was recorded between 2014 and May 2016, which Lo commented was a quicker turnaround than the "whole life" she was afforded when creating her previous record.[4]
Lady Wood consists of two chapters, "Fairy Dust" and "Fire Fade", which collectively describe the "different kinds of rushes in life". Lo considers it to be the first half of a two-piece double album, with the chapters "Light Beam" and "Pitch Black" announced for her upcoming third studio album in 2017. Lo co-wrote all twelve tracks included on the record; she collaborated with guest vocalists Wiz Khalifa and Joe Janiak, and producers including Rickard GöranssonJoel Little, and Ilya Salmanzadeh.
"Cool Girl" was serviced as the lead single from Lady Wood on 4 August 2016, reaching number 15 in Sweden and number 84 on the US Billboard Hot 100. "True Disaster" is set to be released on 15 November 2016 as the album's second single. The short filmFairy Dust, inspired by the first half of the record, was released on Vevo on 31 October.




On 17 August, Lo revealed that her second studio album would be titled
 Lady Wood and would be released on 28 October 2016.[6] In reference to the title, she commented that "it's kind of like saying a chick with balls, but since we don't have balls, it's lady wood."[7]"I remember writing the bridge of the title track, and thinking that I wanted to say, like, 'You're turning me on,' but I wanted to find another word. Like, what's the word for a female hard-on? I think I heard it in a movie somewhere—they were just like, 'You give me wood.' And I was like, 'Girl wood, or, Lady wood! Yes!'"
— Lo explaining the creation of the album title.[5]


["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.
— Lo describing the chapters of Lady Wood.[8]
Lady Wood was inspired by "the chase, the rush, the peak, and the downfall [of the] emotional rollercoaster" Lo experienced since her extended play Truth Serum and debut studio album Queen of the Clouds were released in 2014.[8] The album consists of two chapters: "Fairy Dust", which details the euphoria surrounding an gratifying encounter, and "Fire Fade", which highlights a subsequent sense of self-awareness.[9] Lo announced Lady Wood is to be the first half of a two-piece double album, with the third and fourth chapters "Light Beam" and "Pitch Black" to be included on Lo's third studio album in 2017.[9]


The lead single from the album, "Cool Girl", was released on 4 August 2016,[10][11] reaching number 15 in Sweden and number 84 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[12]
"Influence" was released on 9 September 2016 as the first promotional single from the album. The song features American rapper Wiz Khalifa. "True Disaster" was originally released on 14 October 2016 as the second promotional single. The song will be sent to US contemporary hit radio on 15 November 2016 as the album's second single.[13]
On 23 October 2016, five days prior to the release of the Lady Wood, Lo announced a 21-date North American and European headlining tour to promote the album.

Fairy Dust[edit]

The trailer for Fairy Dust, a short film based on the first half of the album, was released on 17 October 2016. The full short film for Fairy Dust was released on 31 October 2016. She later confirmed that another short film for the second half of the album title Fire Fade would be released in early 2017. Pitch Black and Light Beam will be the two chapters on her third album which will be a sequel to Lady Wood with short films accompanying both.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[16]
DIY4/5 stars[17]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[18]
NME4/5 stars[19]
The Observer3/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[21]
Lady Wood received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 73, based on 13 reviews.[15] Entertainment Weekly's Madison Vain praised the album as "the darkest, weirdest, most irresistible pop record of the fall" and wrote, "While Lo's lyrics are stark and intensely personal, the music sounds engineered for the masses."[18] Writing for NME, Nick Levine commented that "[s]ome listeners may not warm to Lo's persona, but her songwriting skills are difficult to fault", adding that "she keeps the hooks coming throughout as her hip, minimal electro-pop quivers, shimmers, pulses and throbs."[19] Alim Kheraj of DIY noted that "Lady Wood isn't an album made for radio or easy digestion. The hooks are there but, like Tove herself, they aren't succumbing expectations."[17]
Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone opined that the album "doesn't have anything that hits quite as hard as 'Stay High (Habits)' [sic] and 'Talking Body' [...] But its minimalist tech-house sound has a darkly textured allure".[3] Heather Phares of AllMusic remarked that "despite its provocative title, [Lady Wood] often feels more straightforward than Queen of the Clouds did."[16] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine concluded that "Lady Wood is admirably lean and tightly focused, and though it doesn't boast confessionals on the order of Like a Prayer's, it offers a peek inside the psyche of a smart, burgeoning young star."[21] Katherine St. Asaph of Pitchfork stated that "Lady Wood is short, but Lo finds ample darkness to plumb."[2] The Observer'Kitty Empire expressed that "Lady Wood is, if anything, classier than Queen of the Clouds. But it might not sell so well, in that it lacks the sleazy catnip—the sex clubs, the self-abasement—displayed in the latter's defining singles."[20]

Track listing[edit]

Lady Wood – Standard version[22]
1."Fairy Dust"  Ludvig Söderberg 0:57
2."Influence" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
  • Tove Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jakob Jerlström
  • Wiz Khalifa
The Struts3:44
3."Lady Wood"  
  • Lo
  • Oscar Holter
  • Söderberg
  • Holter
  • Söderberg
4."True Disaster"  
  • Lo
  • Holter
5."Cool Girl"  
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
The Struts3:19
6."Vibes" (featuring Joe Janiak)
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
  • Janiak
The Struts3:46
7."Fire Fade"  Ilya Salmanzadeh 0:52
8."Don't Talk About It"   Ilya3:54
9."Imaginary Friend"  
  • Little
  • The Struts
10."Keep It Simple"  
  • Lo
  • Ali Payami
  • Lo
  • Oscar Görres
12."WTF Love Is"  
  • Lo
  • Söderberg
  • Jerlström
The Struts3:41
Total length:
  • ^[a] signifies a remixer.


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Lady Wood.[24]


Chart (2016)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25]21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26]45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27]60
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28]14
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[29]13
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[30]28
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[31]20
French Albums (SNEP)[32]88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33]66
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34]32
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[35]16
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[36]7
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37]64
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38]63
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[39]1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[40]40
UK Albums (OCC)[41]40
US Billboard 200[42]11

Release history[edit]

Various28 October 2016Standard Island[22]
United StatesTarget exclusiveCD[23]
11 November 2016StandardLP[43]

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