Pale Fire - El Perro del Mar
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    While a more focused production ethic might have made for a more consistent album, Pale Fire still goes places the last album never dreamed and hopefully opens doors for even more drastic developments to come.
  2. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    Pale Fire is a pale beauty, and if you're seeking the chill-out Lykke Li (with whom she split a single in 2009) or an equivalent oasis of smouldering calm, Assbring will see you right.
  3. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    All ten tracks evoke surreal circumstance, given a delivery that's atmospheric, amorphous and hypnotic.
  4. Nov 16, 2012
    80
    On her fifth album, she discovers a new direction--and sounds all the better for it.
  5. 40
    Dark and light are persistent themes on Pale Fire; yet the color that bleeds through the most is an uninteresting shade of grey.
  6. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    It's an unmistakable departure. But when her staid delivery and lyrics sink in, the artistry that draws listeners toward El Perro Del Mar comes to light.
  7. Nov 29, 2012
    60
    The glossy, high-shine finish songs come with an air of post-club languor. [Dec 2012, p.96]
  8. Nov 26, 2012
    50
    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. Dec 21, 2012
    60
    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.
  10. Nov 15, 2012
    78
    In Pale Fire El Perro Del Mar distances herself from the confines of her solitary beginnings, opening up an entire world of possibility.
  11. Nov 19, 2012
    60
    Pale Fire doesn't command your attention so much as wait patiently until it drifts into your view and then goes away.
  12. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    In essence, under the mantle of her most pretentious album title yet (in a catalog of pretty brilliant titles), lies an earnest dance-pop album.
  13. Dec 11, 2012
    60
    It's less direct than before, but still strangely, powerfully beautiful. [Jan 2013, p.103]
  14. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    One of the most beguiling and unique offerings of the Swedish pack.
  15. 60
    As she watches love drift into and, more often, out of reach, the songs find themselves dissolving too.
  16. Nov 19, 2012
    60
    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]
  17. Nov 16, 2012
    70
    Assbring dots the album's 10 tracks with sophisticated tonal variations.

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