• Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2009
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. As unlikely a step as Fever Ray may seem for one of electronic music's most enigmatic figures, the results are triumphant.
  2. Her eponymous debut as Fever Ray is countless times more claustrophobic and creepy than "Silent Shout."
  3. Nothing that Fever Ray does is as immediate or soaring as a track like 'Marble House' but Fever Ray makes up for the lack of highs by being an even more all-enveloping experience than the last few Knife records.
  4. It may not be as enigmatic as Silent Shout but if nothing else, it is a fantastic album on its own accord.
  5. 84
    Even when you can't quite understand what she's on about, you are happily lured into a world where classic myth yearns for modern ritual, and you're quite happy to be in a place nobody will quite understand. [Winter 2009, p.106]
  6. The album moves at roughly the same pace and with the same general tone, rendering some of the songs indistinguishable at first, but committed listens will reveal this to be as nuanced and as rich of a production as anything either Dreijer has done.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 22, 2010
    10
    Absolutely fantastic.
  2. FearghalL.
    Jan 4, 2010
    10
    Album of the year by a long way and one of the albums of the decade absolutely brilliant.
  3. Jan 15, 2015
    10
    This is just an all around fantastic album. Fever Ray is closest sonically to Silent Shout era The Knife, but the dance-like techno isThis is just an all around fantastic album. Fever Ray is closest sonically to Silent Shout era The Knife, but the dance-like techno is stripped out, leaving things a little slower and even ominous.
    Karen Andersson has a beautiful voice, but she almost always drags it through a slew of effects until it's unrecognizable, but it's always done masterfully.
    I make friends listen to this all the time, and so far, everyone I've introduced to it has loved it. There's not a weak track on here, but If I Had a Heart, Triangle Walks, Coconut, and When I Grow Up are the absolute standouts.
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