Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2009 Ratings: #18 / 833
Year End Rank: #8
User Score
Based on 273 ratings
2009 Ratings: #3
January 12, 2009 / Release Date
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Rabid / Label
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The Guardian
It's an album that makes the listener work; its melodic richness is slowly revealed, rather than immediate.
With The Knife, Andersson sang like she was sat on a blade’s edge – here, she’s exploring a deep murk, arms outstretched. Most would be terrified, but Karin presses on, full of wicked confidence.

That the Knife's 2006 breakthrough Silent Shout didn't set the dominoes on a series of similarly grotesque and unnatural sounding imitators is less an indictment on its impact than a comment on its inimitability. The current apex of ten years' collaboration between siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, it's one of a handful of albums from the past decade that one might argue sounded like nothing before it. In the three years since, the Dreijers have treaded lightly, touring and remixing in carefully managed bursts before quietly receding back into silence altogether.

The quality and impact of a record's written material will always come first in the deciding of its overall consensus for me, which is I why always seem to mesh well with records more on the lo-fi spectrum. Looking back on Fever Ray's self-titled in particular however, it'd be downright silly not to strongly consider the technical side of things. I'm gonna be going sorta solely into that here, seeing that just about everything else that's been praised about Fever Ray (visual design, ... read more
this album just gets it
This record is so menacing, sedate, textured with its synth-pop layers and spell-bounding that rewards me of every time I return to this. Her vocals remind me of a sort of Bjork, to which she is more expressive and the unravel song/writing.
This is such a great, complicate, intricate album that dwelves around many different sonorities and shows Karin Andersson's immense levels of creativity and songwriting skills. Although this collection of songs may be a little bit difficult to absorb and understand due to its high levels of experimentation and the somehow lack of "upbeatness", but once the listener gets to the inner side of each of these atmospheric gems is that the true beauty is revealed. One must let go of ... read more
30 seconds into the first track I got goosebumps. 30 seconds from the end I still had them. This thing is absolutely damn beautiful and one of the best pop records of the 2000s, if not of all time. Minimalist yet maximal in detail, with some of the most hauntingly beautiful vocals I've heard since Vespertine. The only thing holding this back from getting an even higher score is the fact that occasionally tracks get slightly redundant, yet nonetheless fantastic.
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Track List

  1. If I Had A Heart
  2. When I Grow Up
  3. Dry And Dusty
  4. Seven
  5. Triangle Walks 
  6. Concrete Walls
  7. Now's The Only Time I Know
  8. I'm Not Done
  9. Keep The Streets Empty For Me
  10. Coconut

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