Shiver

Jónsi - Shiver
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2020 Ratings: #716 / 819
User Score
Based on 185 ratings
2020 Ratings: #651
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

It is difficult to see this as Jónsi's second solo album. The production and influence of A. G. Cook are at the forefront of the album's sound. The combination of Jónsi and Cook may be an unlikely one but it works so well. This, the first release, of their collaboration, has produced an excellent album that is an exciting highlight of 2020 so far.

83
Consequence of Sound
The album is dynamic and surprising, harsh and soothing, full of placid melodies suddenly spiked with panic — and just as many unexpected moments of doom interrupted by shimmering respite.
83
Entertainment Weekly

Jónsi ... offers a new kind of glimpse into his private world, singing intimately of desire and raw vulnerability. Maybe that’s why Shiver feels as liberated as it does: the sound of an artist in mid - stream, still discovering how far his voice can go.

80
Northern Transmissions

Shiver is a treat of an album that gives you so much to explore.

80
Under The Radar

There’s a smorgasbord of delights to whet the appetite here.

80
AllMusic

Despite the prominent guest stars and radical musical changes, Shiver's focus is always on Jónsi and his innate gift for expressing pure feeling. As he reinvents what is essential to his music, he delivers some previously unimagined thrills.

80
The Observer
Co-producer AG Cook strips back Jónsi’s first album in a decade to a clever mix of crunchy electronica and floating vocals.
70
Loud and Quiet

Immersive and revealing more of itself with each listen, Shiver is a remarkable return from Jónsi.

70
musicOMH

Shiver may be a step out of Jónsi’s comfort zone, but it’s a step that seems to have reinvigorated him.

70
Clash

‘Shiver’ provides an enjoyable glimpse into Jónsi’s direction, but struggles to balance the tonal dichotomies of abrasive electronic freak-outs and blissful melancholia central to the album’s appeal.

70
The Young Folks
The consistency of the album blurs together in such a cohesive manner that the transition from English to Icelandic lyrics is seamless.
60
Uncut

Shiver sometimes feels like a glitchcore sound collage, where ambient passages are ruptured by harsh beats and clamorous noise.

60
Mojo

In all, more a series of disconnected building blocks than a cohesive album.

60
NME

Alt. pop meets post-rock on this upbeat second solo album from the indie star more often associated with a sense of melancholia. The guestlist rocks, too.

60
DIY
While ‘Shiver’ isn’t exactly the epitome of batshit some might’ve hoped for, it does have its moments.
60
God Is in the TV
It is an album with missed opportunities, where you don’t feel you are getting the best possible version of some key songs.
60
FLOOD Magazine
While its experimental attitude should be applauded, really, this record is at its best when Jonsí tiptoes across familiar ground.
55
Pitchfork

The Sigur Rós frontman’s muddled attempt at a pop album is a cathedral of feelings without referents: beautiful, boring, generically uplifting, and deliberately meaningless.

50
Exclaim!

Shiver has moments of excellence, but rarely does it feel like this is how it's supposed to be.

50
Spectrum Culture
It doesn’t feel like Jónsi’s sure of himself or his own artistic vision right now.
46
Sputnikmusic
An all-over-the-place attempt at avant-pop ranging from sporadically successful to baffling and obnoxious.
JacksonLerner
73
Jónsi’s newest LP ‘Shiver’ is a Justin vernon-esque mixing of electronics and a cappella. the watery production swims in the stark atmospherics of the background.

this leads to “wildeye” which sounds like sufjan stevens for the most part. It has the best outro on the album; a stunning 30 seconds to end the song of aggressive trap, Arca type beats. which is bewildering coming from Jónsi.

the title track is a showcase of voice and production blending ... read more
Muratka
86
'Shiver' sounds extremely interesting and curious. This is a solid glitch release that sometimes attracts with its depth and strange sound.
andiov1
60
This new solo album by Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi produced by none other than PC Music's frontman A.G. Cook sounds like a great idea on paper, but in practice it's standout moments are somewhat sparse. I give credit to Jónsi for going outside his comfort zone and embracing the glitchcore side of art pop while also staying true to the Icelandic roots of his older work, but most of the time there's not a whole lot going on for me to put this album ahead of other art pop albums ... read more
AndreVital
84
When I heard that A.G Cook was going to be co-producing the next album by Jónsi from the legendary Sigur Rós, I knew I was going to get something special.

This is...a pretty weird experience. Jónsi's solo approach to art pop is quite ambient and soothing, yet this time around we have Cook sprinkling in these odd glitchy embellishments into each song. The result is a strangely dynamic and subtly rewarding album experience.

I won't lie, it took me a couple listens for this ... read more
Schmedess
64
Post rock legend, Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi is back for his 2nd studio album. Despite not being too interested in Jonsi’s solo work I was quite intrigued with this new record. As I did like the lead single “Swill” quite a bit for its abrasive and glitchy synths. As well as the credits which features PC Music’s very own AG Cook across the board, on every song here. While I can say I came out liking this album, it’s still kind of underwhelming to me. There are still ... read more
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Track List

  1. Exhale
  2. Shiver
  3. Cannibal (with Elizabeth Fraser)
  4. Wildeye
  5. Sumarið sem aldrei kom
  6. Kórall
  7. Salt Licorice (with Robyn)
  8. Hold
  9. Swill
  10. Grenade
  11. Beautiful Boy

Year End Lists

#10/Riff Magazine
#82/Piccadilly Records
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Added on: June 24, 2020