Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2009 Ratings: #19 / 867
Year End Rank: #7
User Score
Based on 414 ratings
2009 Ratings: #4
Liked by 12 people
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.

Så, I recently thought that this is the only album I‘d ever rate a 100, so now I‘m doing exactly that.

I also thought about finally taking the time to try and write a review on here, since I got some comments about my harsh ratings in the past and just want to share why I appreciate this album so much. I‘m more of a rational person when it comes to life, and art such as music and literature is the only place where I allow my emotions to really influence my opinions ... read more
(This was a @ricardomcr's suggestion!)
Fever Ray's self-titled is an evocative, ethereal, deep and mysterious record. I'm fascinated with how minimalistic and (in contrast) textured this album sounds, it's concrete yet abstract. The aesthetics are really dark and haunting. The voice is very charismatic, expressive and powerful.
I love how the beats get involved with the synths and the remaining part of the intrumental so well, it carries a good vibe. The production is great, the organization ... 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.
Reinhart was right
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
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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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