Niki & The Dove - Instinct
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Based on 17 reviews
2012 Ratings: #131 / 946
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Based on 34 ratings
2012 Ratings: #157
May 14, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Mercury / Label
Electropop / Genres
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While Instinct is full of the ambitious, chorus-driven pop songs that brought the Stockholm duo to our attention in first place, the album also exhibits their canny ability to craft a compelling verse.

Beats Per Minute

Instinct is such a strong pop record from start to finish because the duo focuses their efforts well beyond strong pop songwriting and instead on in-the-moment intricacy

Pretty Much Amazing

Though we may be familiar with its individual ingredients, Instinct is a potion of loopy mysticism and pop grandeur that tastes thrillingly new.


But it’s the magic of combination, when a mysterious catalyst appears from nowhere that makes it.

Under The Radar

Awash with grand ambitions, Niki & The Dove is one of the few bands whose grasp actually matches their reach. The result is dazzling.


Niki and the Dove's debut album, Instinct, has a borderline greedy hit-rate where all 12 of its songs manage to be equally arresting

The 405

When played at bass-thumping levels, this is an electro-pop dream album designed to get you nimble on the dance floor.

A.V. Club

By emphasizing texture instead of structure, the album loses any sense of cohesion. 

☆☆½ ~ Acceptable work. I have some kind of ambivalence about the whole album concept and its sound.
Niki & the Dove's Instinct has a lot of really exciting and catchy melodies. The production on this record is not nearly as crispy and delicious as their second album, but this album also doesn't feel as genre-bound as their second album. If Stevie Nick's voice makes your heart flutter and skip a beat, listen to this album!!!! Malin Dahlström has one of the most underrated voices in contemporary pop, and she echoes the vocal talents of Stevie. Also, there are just some good witchy ... read more
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Track List

  1. Tomorrow 
  2. The Drummer 
  3. In Our Eyes 
  4. The Gentle Roar 
  5. Mother Protect 
  6. Last Night 
  7. Somebody 
  8. Love To The Test 
  9. DJ Ease My Mind 
  10. Winterheart 
  11. The Fox 
  12. Under The Bridges 
  13. All This Youth 
  14. The Drummer
  15. Everybody's Talking 
  16. Taylor
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