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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: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 22, 2010
    10
    Absolutely fantastic.
  2. Aug 17, 2014
    10
    It's like Silent Shout minus Olof's synthetic tunes, plus some African tribe and Amazons feeling. Yes, it's somewhat similar to Silent Shout, but it's definitely a unique album. I like everything about it; the vocals, beats, the atmosphere; everything. Expand
  3. FearghalL.
    Jan 4, 2010
    10
    Album of the year by a long way and one of the albums of the decade absolutely brilliant.
  4. FredR
    Mar 26, 2009
    9
    Very pleasant and relaxing. I didn't listen to the lyrics. I just got swept up in the music.
  5. DecepticonPom
    Mar 26, 2009
    9
    Basically, there is little to distinguish this as not being another (fantastic) Knife album.
  6. Sep 28, 2010
    8
    Fever Ray's haunting, dark aesthetic is for the most part delightfully brooding and abstract. There are a few times on the album, however, that the dark nature of the album does not transcend into being hypnotic, however, an easily recommendable listen. Probably one of the best albums of 2009, given what little competition she was given. Collapse
  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 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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