AOTY 2017
Plunge
Fever Ray - Plunge
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #36 / 653
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 219 ratings
2017 Ratings: #46
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
A true, audacious trip, the album squirms and twists, transforming from one thing to another – but without losing sight of its focus.
91
A.V. Club

She is now alive, raw, and unmistakably human, and she revels in all the desires and tribulations this implies with a radical bluntness that, if Shaking’s subject matter is anything to go by, is meant to explode any old-fashioned societal norms for how women should love, live, and express themselves. And of course, she’s going to do it while completely defying any assumptions we may have about her music.

90
PopMatters
Moving away from the roots of Fever Ray, but retaining its crucial characteristics, she is able to redefine the project.
87
Pitchfork
On her second album as Fever Ray, Karin Dreijer is more conflicted, more manic—and more in love, too.
86
Resident Advisor

Plunge is the natural next step, a realization of impulses that have long lain dormant, or at least unrecognized.

85
The 405

She seems a lot happier, or at least more energetic and outgoing, coming into second album Plunge. But that only seems to bring her up against more frustrations in the world around her, which are wrought vividly throughout.

83
Consequence of Sound
When we last saw her working alone, she seemed wild but in line, questioning the world. This time, she has no time for boundaries, questioning larger factors of life by overlooking the rules we use to describe them, subjecting herself to complete immersion and pushing listeners to do the same.
80
Drowned in Sound
Plunge builds on Fever Ray's - to borrow a graphic novel phrase - 'universe building' self-titled debut to create her most direct and personal record to date. On top of this, Dreijer has cemented her place within alternative music's dynasty, and it's refreshing to hear an outwardly queer and fiercely political artist convey a clear message without having the music, performance or reception fall over the potential weight of those themes.
80
musicOMH

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.

80
AllMusic

The journey to dive into commitment that Dreijer takes her listeners on with Plunge boasts more moods and colors than Fever Ray's debut, or any single Knife album; ultimately, it's some of her most powerful work with yet.

80
No Ripcord

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.

80
Loud and Quiet

Her debut as Fever Ray set the expectation for Dreijer’s solo venture but ‘Plunge’ is going to be another rich reward for committed listening.

80
God Is in the TV

The good thing about the new record Plunge for fans of her beautifully dark debut release from eight years ago is that it now only fully complies to Fever Ray’s urge for adventurous and uncompromising compositions but it also has the same nocturnal paradise as its predecessor.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Plunge is a worthy addition to Dreijer’s career discography, and fans of Fever Ray and the Knife are sure to enjoy it. It’s an energetic and erotic record that may very well soundtrack some of the freakier parties you attend this fall. Still, it doesn’t capture the full scope of Dreijer’s ambition.

75
Northern Transmissions
While definitely not the easiest listen, there’s enough powerful concepts and ideas on this record that you’ll want to give it a second look
70
Under The Radar

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.

50
The Needle Drop

Fever Ray returns in a diminished capacity with a long-awaited sophomore album.

Oct 26, 2017*
MarkCooper
82
Fever Ray shatters her hibernation with a more immediate sound, this time pumped full of a hyper-sexualized and perverse energy only she could compete with. After eight long years, she returns with a more direct approach to her sound, opting to abandon the strong atmospheric textures that pushed her debut to decade-defining status, and instead choosing to present her message with more immediacy.

Karin Dreijer Andersson, also known as Fever Ray, first made a splash in the music world as one ... read more
Oct 27, 2017*
EMR
76
Eight years after the release of her debut solo album under the Fever Ray moniker, Karin Dreijer returns with a highly anticipated follow up to her landmark 2009 album. Without landing too far from the tree that gave us all the juicy fruits in the past, Plunge sees Karin in a no-less eccentric and twisted world of cacophony, nightmarish danceclub beats and world-end prophecies. Aided by the likes of Peder Mannerfelt, Tami T and Nidia Minaj, Karin delivers a set of off-kilter, creepy and stark ... read more
Nov 1, 2017*
thisisabtlgrnd
88
THIS HOUSE MAKES IT HARD TO FUCK

So Fever Ray snuck through with one of my favorite albums of the year. I honestly didn't know what to expect when this album was announced; I didn't know where Karin had left to go after Shaking the Habitual and her first Fever Ray album, so I figured she'd stay on hiatus for a while longer.

Rather than a radical reinvention, though, as she usually pursues, Plunge is a refinement of the Fever Ray sound, bringing a clearer, sharper focus to Karin's voice and ... read more
Oct 29, 2017*
ryansliao
87
EDIT AGAIN: Weeelllll nvm actually.

EDIT: Fuck it. This is better than self-titled. I don't care what people say.

This album doesn't have the cohesive sound that Karin's debut had, but it's definitely more adventurous. She really is an insane sounding album. With that being said, I wasn't wowed the first time listening to this. But trust me, more listens definitely opened my ears up. It's kind of similar to Self Titled in this way. It sounds easy enough to handle the first time you hear it ... read more
Oct 27, 2017
zeyadreda
83
Red Trails gonna make me dieeeeeeee, fuuuuuuuuuuuuckkkkkk!!!
one of my fav. tracks for this year.
Track List
  1. Wanna Sip
  2. Mustn't Hurry
  3. A Part of Us
  4. Falling
  5. IDK About You
  6. This Country
  7. Plunge
  8. To the Moon and Back
  9. Red Trails
  10. An Itch
  11. Mama's Hand


Added on: October 26, 2017