Fever Ray - Plunge
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2017 Ratings: #46 / 876
Year End Rank: #21
User Score
Based on 461 ratings
2017 Ratings: #206
Liked by 4 people
October 27, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rabid, Mute / Label
Electropop, Art Pop / Genres
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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
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.

90
PopMatters
Moving away from the roots of Fever Ray, but retaining its crucial characteristics, she is able to redefine the project.
90
Spectrum Culture

As one might imagine from its themes, Plunge feels more immediate and open than Fever Ray’s debut.

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
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.

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
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
The Observer

Pitch-shifted into a pervading mood of menace, Dreijer’s vocals grapple with sex and relationships, with political engagement never far away. Her electronics, meanwhile, are unrelentingly engaging, never just hitting presets.

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
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.

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.

thisisabtlgrnd
87
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
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
lovecycles
83
so fucking good... literally what the fuck

this is my introduction to ray's work and i'm just completely blown away. sitting here, after listening to this record's entirity, it's a lot to process and a lot to take in. basically, one of the most interesting and intricate electronic albums i've heard in a while

this is what electropop should sound and look like. although reasonably accessible, plunge is a surreal trip unlike any other; the minimalistic, heavy beats, drone-like synths and her ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
97
almost perfect. that is all.
68
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH my dear lord, a surprise drop from an artist who's last record, nearly ten years ago, deeply solidified my love and appreciation the most for electronic sounds. Guess I'm gonna have to really plunge into this one.

In case you haven't heard already, Fever Ray is a one-of-a-kind project. A solo project of Karin Dreijer Andersson (1/2 of the duo, The Knife, some beautiful fuckin' weirdos) which initially baffled me as an amateur music listener at the time as I usually found ... read more
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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
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Added on: October 26, 2017