Rivers - Wildbirds & Peacedrums
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  • Summary: The husband-and-wife Swedish duo's third album was recorded with an Icelandic choir.
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  1. 80
    Rivers is a record that will haunt you long after you've heard it. [Sep 2010, p.99]
  2. Together, these two collections add up to a desolate statement that is naked enough to make listening feel like a act of voyeurism. [Sep 2010, p.62]
  3. Recorded in a week in Reykjavik, this is music inevitably imbued with Iceland's stark grandeur and glacial eeriness; even if Wallentin's strident but wounded vocals retain a distinctive bluesy quality (albeit a blues closer to the funereal ceremonials of Diamanda Galas than Muddy Waters).
  4. By the force of their musicianship on Rivers, however, Wildbirds & Peacedrums manage to own that risk as one of their greatest assets.
  5. 70
    Wallentin has reined in her seductive-foghorn voice, and Wildbirds & Peacedrums are a more subtly compelling band for it.
  6. While still incredibly beautiful, the addition of a choir in the first half has neutered much of the duo's original appeal. [Summer 2010, p.81]

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