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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for Swedish electro-pop duo of Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
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  1. Jun 8, 2012
    90
    One of the essential debuts of the year so far.
  2. Jun 8, 2012
    90
    Overall, this is a daring, dynamic and dramatic debut.
  3. Aug 7, 2012
    82
    Warmhearted and epic, Instinct aims for the moon--and sticks the landing.
  4. Jun 8, 2012
    70
    The music they make is frequently stunning.
  5. Aug 9, 2012
    70
    Instinct is an electro-pop album, but it's got that New Order-style darkness that gives it a comforting weight; this is that kind of bummer music that will make you dance.
  6. Aug 6, 2012
    70
    The album clicks because beyond the date-stamping visuals and the music's timeless project to unite art and pop, the longtime partnership behind Niki & the Dove has finally found a proper voice, and a proper name.
  7. Oct 12, 2012
    40
    Beneath the distractingly high-pitched, multi-tracked vocals and tastefully tribal drama, there's nothing more threatening than a synthesized Florence + The Machine. [Jul 2012, p.107]

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  1. Dec 17, 2012
    8
    The Knife meets Kate Bush, this album is full to the brim with infectious hooks and off-kilter melodies. It's nothing overly unique orThe Knife meets Kate Bush, this album is full to the brim with infectious hooks and off-kilter melodies. It's nothing overly unique or ambitious and it can be seen as playing it a bit safe but I'd be lying if I said the hooks weren't stuck in my head for the entire summer break. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2012
    5
    If Cirque de Solei married the stepchild of Price and Enya. I don't have anything else to say about this album, yet I need to hit the minimumIf Cirque de Solei married the stepchild of Price and Enya. I don't have anything else to say about this album, yet I need to hit the minimum of 150 characters. Expand