Pale Fire


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Dec 21, 2012
    While the rhythms may seem like invitations to dance--or at least sway--the lyrics are almost uniformly bleak, making Pale Fire a late contender for saddest album of the year.
  2. Q Magazine
    Dec 11, 2012
    It's less direct than before, but still strangely, powerfully beautiful. [Jan 2013, p.103]
  3. 60
    As she watches love drift into and, more often, out of reach, the songs find themselves dissolving too.
  4. Mojo
    Nov 29, 2012
    The glossy, high-shine finish songs come with an air of post-club languor. [Dec 2012, p.96]
  5. Uncut
    Nov 19, 2012
    Assbring has succumbed to the same fate as her country-woman Lykke Li, forsaking early charm for a vague sense of attitude that's largely devoid of presence. [Dec 2012, p.69]
  6. Nov 19, 2012
    Pale Fire doesn't command your attention so much as wait patiently until it drifts into your view and then goes away.
  7. Nov 15, 2012
    All ten tracks evoke surreal circumstance, given a delivery that's atmospheric, amorphous and hypnotic.
  8. Nov 26, 2012
    For someone skilled at making music both accessible and disarming--a talent she displays so seldom on Pale Fire--Assbring has sacrificed the ability to send such a message for the ultimately unrewarding spoils of electronic production.
  9. 40
    Dark and light are persistent themes on Pale Fire; yet the color that bleeds through the most is an uninteresting shade of grey.

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