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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
At first, it's a little difficult to determine where the Knife ends and Fever Ray begins. On paper, it's clear -- the Knife is the project of Karin Dreijer and her brother Olof, while Fever Ray is Karin with co-producers Christoffer Berg, Van Rivers, and the Subliminal Kid -- but the differences aren't as distinct when listening to Fever Ray the first few times. Initially, the album's dark, frosty atmosphere feels like a continuation of the Knife's brilliant Silent Shout, and the oddly bouncy rhythms on songs like "Triangle Walks" and "Coconut" recall the duo's exotic-yet-frozen Nordic/Caribbean fusion. Eventually, though, Fever Ray reveals itself as far darker and more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
At first, it's a little difficult to determine where the Knife ends and Fever Ray begins. On paper, it's clear -- the Knife is the project of Karin Dreijer and her brother Olof, while Fever Ray is Karin with co-producers Christoffer Berg, Van Rivers, and the Subliminal Kid -- but the differences aren't as distinct when listening to Fever Ray the first few times. Initially, the album's dark, frosty atmosphere feels like a continuation of the Knife's brilliant Silent Shout, and the oddly bouncy rhythms on songs like "Triangle Walks" and "Coconut" recall the duo's exotic-yet-frozen Nordic/Caribbean fusion. Eventually, though, Fever Ray reveals itself as far darker and more intimate than anything by the Knife. The Knife's spooky impulses are usually tempered by vivid pop instincts that Fever Ray replaces with a consistently eerie mood, particularly on "Concrete Walls," which feels like an even grimmer cousin of Silent Shout's "From Off to On." However, Fever Ray's mix of confessional lyrics and chilly, blatantly synthetic and often harsh sounds make this album as successful an electronic singer/songwriter album as Björk's Homogenic. These are some of the most alluring and disturbing songs Dreijer has been involved in making: the excellent album opener "If I Had a Heart" explores possibly inhuman need with a churning, almost subliminal synth and murky bass driving Dreijer's pitch-shifted vocals (which sound more like a different part of her psyche than a different character in the song); when her untreated voice comes in, keening "will I ever ever reach the floor?" she sounds even more frail and desperate by comparison. The rest of Fever Ray follows suit, offering fragile portraits and sketches that walk the fine line between intimate and insular. Dreijer further expands on the storytelling skills she developed on Silent Shout: the characters in her songs feel even more resonant and unique, especially on "When I Grow Up," which is as fascinatingly fragmented as a child's train of thought, skipping from sentiments like "I'm very good with plants" to "I've never liked that sad look by someone who wants to be loved by you." She also has an eye for unusual details, as on "Seven"'s "November smoke/And your toes go numb." It all comes together on the haunting "Now's the Only Time I Know," where the low end of Dreijer's voice sounds especially vulnerable and the lyrics fill in just enough to be tantalizing. At times, Fever Ray threatens to become a little too mysterious, but it never sounds less than intriguing, from the layers of claps and castanets that make up the beat on "I'm Not Done" to "Keep the Streets Empty for Me"'s almost imperceptible guitars. With almost tangible textures and a striking mood of isolation and singularity, Fever Ray is a truly strange but riveting album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596940822
  • Catalog Number: 69408
  • Sales rank: 21,851

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Had a Heart (3:49)
  2. 2 When I Grow Up (4:31)
  3. 3 Dry and Dusty (3:45)
  4. 4 Seven (5:10)
  5. 5 Triangle Walks (4:23)
  6. 6 Concrete Walls (5:40)
  7. 7 Now's the Only Time I Know (3:59)
  8. 8 I'm Not Done (4:19)
  9. 9 Keep the Streets Empty for Me (5:39)
  10. 10 Coconut (9:20)
  11. 11 If I Had a Heart
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fever Ray Primary Artist
Cecilia Nordlund Vocals
Technical Credits
Henrik Jonsson Mastering
Van Rivers Producer, Engineer
Cecilia Nordlund Composer
Fever Ray Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    I can't help but place this album as my #1 of all, it's primal b

    I can't help but place this album as my #1 of all, it's primal beats and energies are truly haunting and invigorating. This album is absolutely incredible in its attention to detail, from "Dry and Dusty"s change from the beginning being the beginning of love, the refrain resembling the art of making love, and the end being the words of a content parent who loves their partner, their child(ren) and where their are in a simplistic life. I highly recommend this, and there are no complaints or negative from me about this album.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    One Half of the Knife

    Karin Dreijen Anderssen (sp?) comes back! and what a comeback! Her new record is very reminiscent of The Knife (and why not? she is one half of The Knife after all) with the danceable beats and the haunting way the lyrics are delivered. It definitely does not disappoint!!!---[ld]

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