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  • Summary: The Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson releases her solo album under the name Fever Ray.
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. 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.
  3. Fluency aside, with the first in what is hopefully a long line of releases, Fever Ray knocks down more walls than it puts up.
  4. Juxtaposing foley noises, drum loops, and auxiliary click-clacking against minimalist, percussive synth lines and enormous swells of energy, the album clearly has a sonic template and a cohesion easily identifiable within the first three tracks.
  5. It’s this feverishness that’s key to this magnetic and rewarding album.
  6. 70
    Andersson’s lyrics are often tricky to make out--can she really be singing, “We talk about love/We talk about dishwasher tablets”?—but almost every song incorporates shrewd production details, like the clog-dance percussion that kicks 'I’m Not Done' forward.
  7. 60
    Her solo debut slightly tones down the Knife's electro innovation but turns up the creepy affect, making lyrically tender tracks like 'Concrete Walls' and hallucinatory sketches like 'When I Grow Up' into reverse Rorschachs.

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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. 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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  3. FredR
    Mar 26, 2009
    9
    Very pleasant and relaxing. I didn't listen to the lyrics. I just got swept up in the music.
  4. JeremyF
    Mar 27, 2009
    9
    Brilliant.
  5. Sep 28, 2014
    9
    It can be a weird album. The tone ranges from relaxing to dark or haunting throughout. One thing's for sure though is that this a unique andIt can be a weird album. The tone ranges from relaxing to dark or haunting throughout. One thing's for sure though is that this a unique and atmospheric piece of work that can be downright mesmerizing at times. The vocal work shows such range that it's often hard to believe that all of the tracks are sung by the same person. It's unlike anything I've ever listened to before, and shows an incredible high-level of quality. It's often a masterpiece that has an interesting theme dealing with children. This is an album that simply must be experienced at least once, just to take in it's creative and odd atmosphere and to experience something new. Even if it doesn't hook you I'm sure you'll at least be able to appreciate how good it sounds. My total score for the album is a 9.4/10. Expand
  6. JoeyT.
    Dec 27, 2009
    8
    For me, this is good goth music. I love the background music. Her voice is reminiscent of the 90's goth all-girl band "Switchblade For me, this is good goth music. I love the background music. Her voice is reminiscent of the 90's goth all-girl band "Switchblade Symphony" which those who like "Fever Ray" might also revel in. This album sent me to the record store as soon as I heard the first part of the first song!!! I hope we hear more good music from "Fever Ray", and I'm sorry I missed them when they came through Chicago. I hope I get a second chance. Expand
  7. DanielP
    Apr 23, 2009
    7
    Let's not get too overexcited by this band.....having listened to it at least 10 times I would only nominate 3 songs as worth repeated Let's not get too overexcited by this band.....having listened to it at least 10 times I would only nominate 3 songs as worth repeated listenings: the first 2 tracks and "Keep the Streets Empty". Concrete Walls is merely OK, the rest is B-side filler. Would have been an excellent EP though! Expand

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