Fever Ray Fever Ray
4.0 Ranking: #115 for 2009
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5.0 classicTauturk | February 13th 13

The most atmospheric album I've ever heard. Prove that 80's synths in the right hands, can still beat modern electronic sounds.

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4.5 superbAaron Fancey | February 9th 12

How can a side project that so closely echoes the original artists' aesthetic be considered an unmitigated success? Well, if you're Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife fame, than you bring a singer/songwriterly focus to your persona and allow your signature electronics to both soothe and scare the listener. This record shouldn't work as well as it does, but by scaling back the sound palette of the pitch perfect Silent Shout she achieves a bare, honest and chilling intimacy with the listener that rivals the best of folk and traditional singer/songwriter releases.

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5.0 classicfLewis23 | March 9th 11

This is one of the most beautifully composed peaces of art to ever grace my ears.

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0.0 For Meatplow | November 25th 10

The vocals are enough to get lost in and the more strictly electronic bits keep it melancholic and interesting but I just have a hint that this would be classic if she expanded on the ambience.

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4.0 excellentEno | May 13th 10

Get the fuck out, Jonathan Kroening. Speaking of fuck, something should be done about the character minimum.

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2.5 averageJonathan Kroening | May 13th 10

Judging this solo debut as an individual work reveals its incidental nature.

Having never heard any music from electronic duo The Knife, it's difficult to know where Fever Ray's Karin Dreijer
is coming from. Most discussions and critiques of her long-awaited solo album, Fever Ray, center on the
anticipation for what she would produce apart from The Knife. It seems most pundits find her eponymous debut to
be quite similar to the endeavors of the duo. Be as it may, I find this to be one of the least compelling albums of
2009's top 20.

A rather abstract electronic landscape smattered with Dreijer's loose vocal can be hypnotic and is, without a doubt,
unique. Yet the idiosyncrasies of the ambient tunes lack memorable repetition. Sure, there are recurrent blips and
buzzes within the IDM physique, but there is a want for more convincing melodic repetition. The lack thereof
doesn't render Fever Ray an awful record, but it doesn't feel like I'm missing something by discarding it.

A rather unconvincing listen, I am left wondering if critics, and those "in-the-know", too easily get caught up in
the hype of a highly anticipated solo album. Analyzing Fever Ray's debut record leaves this critic thinking that
based on its merit alone -- not in relation to The Knife's discography -- Fever Ray is largely nonessential.

2.5 / 5 stars

-Jonathan Kroening
www.itsjustmusic.net

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