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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for Karin Dreijer is her first in over eight years.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 5, 2018
    100
    From Wanna Sip’s opening videogame blitzkrieg to the Blade Runner drones of Mustn’t Hurry, Plunge is a complete thrill.
  2. Oct 31, 2017
    91
    Beyond its aggressive peaks, there is also true beauty here, and even nuggets of stark synth-pop that call back to her past work.
  3. Oct 30, 2017
    87
    Plunge is riskier than anything she has made before. It is sometimes harsh, often dissonant, frequently audacious.
  4. Nov 16, 2017
    80
    This is a joyous artistic rebirth, its creator shaking her tail feathers, pushing her own boundaries and immersed in emotion and whim brought out from within.
  5. The Wire
    Dec 19, 2017
    80
    Female defiance and desire in a glossy, dystopic package. [Jan 2018, p.77]
  6. Nov 27, 2017
    80
    The electronic work is fantastic throughout Plunge, never adhering to presets and making full use of every beat, burst and throb. When coupled with Dreijer’s slick, razor-sharp vocal you have a monster of a record that gets more impressive with every listen.
  7. Nov 16, 2017
    70
    Plunge is a very unique album that can be as melodic and intimate as it can be chilling and alien. After repeated plays, all of these aspects end up being enjoyed since it is apparent that these songs were built with an honest, emotional grit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 24, 2017
    10
    Plunge is a sonic immersion into joy and terror, love and sex, beauty and crudeness, humor and politics, with Karin's unique voice combinedPlunge is a sonic immersion into joy and terror, love and sex, beauty and crudeness, humor and politics, with Karin's unique voice combined with rhythms and synths coming back and forth, intense melodies and intelligent lyrics. Definitely worth the wait. Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2017
    10
    "Adorable" is the word that best suits this album. Karin brings a domestic, romantic and rotinary thematic in Plunge, yet achieving greatness"Adorable" is the word that best suits this album. Karin brings a domestic, romantic and rotinary thematic in Plunge, yet achieving greatness when putting it to verse, something that few can do it (Kate Bush's Aerial, Bjork Vespertine's...) . As the self-titled reminds me of Silent Shout(2006) by The Knife, Plunge certainly has some similarities with Shaking the Habitual. The only "bad" thing in this album so far is that Karin Dreijer's unique, yet catchy vocals aren't put to their true potential. Overall, a solid 10. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    What an incredible album after an 8 year hiatus. She came back stronger, ‘Plunge’ is a stronger, more cohesive and more accesible record, andWhat an incredible album after an 8 year hiatus. She came back stronger, ‘Plunge’ is a stronger, more cohesive and more accesible record, and it’s haunting all the way to the end. Expand
  4. Nov 8, 2017
    8
    This sounds like it could have been the next work of The Knife.
    I didnt expect it to sound like this (especially after being hooked on the
    This sounds like it could have been the next work of The Knife.
    I didnt expect it to sound like this (especially after being hooked on the first record for a good amount of time) and i was definitely happily surprised.

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  5. Dec 12, 2017
    8
    ouvi o primeiro album dela e esse e posso garantir que o debut dela pisa sem sombra de duvidas mas plunge é um trabalho bem construido nosouvi o primeiro album dela e esse e posso garantir que o debut dela pisa sem sombra de duvidas mas plunge é um trabalho bem construido nos seus minimos detalhes Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2017
    6
    Even with an overall distinctive and cool use of synthetic sound, this work had little in the way of strength, with very dull pitchEven with an overall distinctive and cool use of synthetic sound, this work had little in the way of strength, with very dull pitch collections and melodic layers that were prevalent yet under-developed, leaving quality and enjoyment to be salvaged by the several points where vocals weren’t being featured. My Score: 117/180 (Good) = 6.5/10 Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2018
    0
    Energetic and different, but as dark as the first album. Short lyrics, but strong and full of meaning. From politics to intimate urges, KarinEnergetic and different, but as dark as the first album. Short lyrics, but strong and full of meaning. From politics to intimate urges, Karin continues to amaze in her queerness, weirdness and uniqueness. Expand

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