Fever Ray is the debut solo studio album by Fever Ray, an alias of Karin Dreijer of Swedish electronic music duo The Knife. It was released on 12 January 2009 by Rabid Records. The album spawned four singles: "If I Had a Heart", "When I Grow Up", "Triangle Walks" and "Seven".Wikipedia
Holy mouth noises, Batman. Massive recording fail. Minus two stars for the mouth noises. Dang. I think I'd almost be into this if it didn't have any vocals. But the vocal style and the shit-ass-knuckle-dragging-moist-face-juice-dripping vocal recordings are absolutely trash. Also the lyrics are just inane. They include such gems as, "I'm very good with plants. When my friends are away, they let me keep the soil moist." Stupid. And it's honestly a shame because the actual music is layered, nuanced, and interesting.
Donkey Kong Country Core
Icy Scandinavian business. Far more subtle than The Knife but it is an album that reveals more and more with every listen. I am sure there must be an alternative universe out there somewhere in which The Knife were the biggest band on the planet and Fever Ray is the biggest pop star the world has ever known. It's a universe in which I want to live.
This is an album that passed me by because, stupidly, I got Fever Ray and Sugar Ray mixed up and just avoided it. Obviously, it turns out that Fever Ray is better than Sugar Ray.
A prime example of critics losing their minds over something banal.
Je ne peux que remercier Fever Ray pour les moments de nostalgie que m'a offert cet album. Celui-ci s'ouvre sur le générique de la série Vikings, puis enchaîne avec la bande-originale de la série Dark. Sans surprise, c'est le générique de Prison Break qui prend le relai avant que ce ne soit ceux de Friends et d'Une Nounou D'Enfer. Après un court interlude, on entend soudain Michael de la série Ma Famille D'abord dire son cultissime "Euuuh, Non." sous les rires ininterrompus du public. Junior entre à son tour dans la pièce avec Claire et Kady accompagnés d'une série d'applaudissements. Franklin apparaît ensuite et se met à jouer du piano. "Ouuuuh" s'écrie le public. "Euuh, non." répète alors Michael. L'album termine magnifiquement avec un pet de trente secondes.
So... what's original about this album? It's like Björk but more annoying and some 15 years later
Minimalist and driving, this album creates a sparse electronic landscape that serves as the ominous backdrop for the oft altered vocals of Karin Dreijer (Fever Ray). This album is compelling and expansive and keeps its creative impulses in check as not to leave the tracks bloated. Simply put, I loved this album.
Voices range from unborn babies to reanimated corpses. Maybe that sounds icky, but it's not. Somehow, it comes from a place of warmth and empathy. Just don't ask me how. The plink-plonk, drip-drop, tip-tap noises probably help. They kind of sound like computers being melted down, which these days is a very comforting image.
Variable electronic music from 2009. Low energy Bjork meets apathy.
Mezcla de : -música india -cindy lauper -¿electrónico? Está bien.
En cette matinée, j'ouvrais mon placard pour récupérer l'un de mes bols et ainsi me préparer mon traditionnel flocons d'avoine/graines de lin/cacao, me faisant comme vous le savez office de petit déjeuner depuis maintenant plus d'un an. Quand soudain à ma grande stupeur, au fond de mon bol pourtant nettoyé la veille à l'aide de liquide vaisselle, une petite trace de Fever Ray subsistait. Je ne me demontais cependant surtout pas, et remis un petit coup d'éponge pour apprécier ma collation matinale. Quelques heures plus tard, alors que je selectionnais ma tenue pour mon footing du midi, l'inscription "Nike" présente sur mon short de course avait été remplacé par deux mots. "Fever" et "Ray", encore eux. Je me dis qu'il s'agissait simplement d'une coincidence, et décidait de partir courir en calecon. En revenant de ma course a pied, une douche s'imposait forcement, au vu des temperatures redevenant plus prononcées en ce mois d'août fort peu ensoleillé jusque là. Après avoir rincé la sueur présente sur mon corps, j'aggripais mon gel douche, laissant couler le precieux savon sur mes mains abimées par de nombreuses seances d'escalade, quand soudain, je sursautais: en s'ecoulant, le liquide bleu sortant du flacon avait formé les deux mêmes mots, Fever sur la main gauche, Ray sur la main droite. Et cela se poursuivit toute la journée. Je reçu l'appel d'un client, le denommé Ray Fever a 14h, à 15h c'est un colis délivré par l'entreprise Fever Ray qui m'etait destiné. Fever Ray était absolument partout. C'est un veritable cauchemar que j'ai vécu aujourd'hui, vendredi 6 août 2021, et je ne peux que supplier le generateur de vite me proposer un nouvel album.
Boring as all sin
Karin Dreijer is THAT bitch. This was a serve.
Loved starting my day with this weird shit. It made my whole day. Been too long since I’ve knifed
I love this album. Concrete walls is one of my top songs of all time. 7/5
I know it's not for everyone, but I love Fever Ray and The Knife. Big fan of the mood the music creates. Full marks.
Klingt als hätten Sinead O‘Connor und Björk nach den finalen Atomschlag zusammen ein Album gemacht und bevor die gute Laune mit ihnen durchzugehen droht, haben sie sich in Büßermönche verwandelt.
Vikings soundtrack lol
Loved it. Very hypnotic, trance inducing rhythms, melodies and textures. Great vocal processing production. Thought provoking, sentimental, and relatable lyrics
Hooooly shit. I’m really happy to see them on the list because Silent Shout by the Knife is one of my biggest “wtf why isn’t this on the list” albums, but at least I get this solo project. This is amazing. When I’m powering through the dregs of the list, the endless British mediocrity and cock rock, I need to remind myself that I’ll occasionally hear an album like this. The way they use their voice. This is so, so good. Favourite track: “Keep the Streets Empty for Me”
Great electronic album, very strong songs: the four singles seem arbitrary choices. Probably the best album of the 2000-2009 decade.
So dark and bleak. The synths bring everything together beautifully. The riffs are minimal and build nicely through each track with great attention paid to every note. It reminds me a bit of some of the below the radar tracks on early 80s Peter Gabriel albums. The songs are well-written and different enough to hold your interest for 50+ minutes. The lyrics are personal, murky and cryptic, full of references to snow and water and streams - like a winter in Sweden. A great album to listen to with Eraserhead running in the background. I didn’t love her use of synthesizers to get a deeper, male-voice, but hey, that was only in 2 or 3 songs and it was the thing twelve years ago, after all.
An obvious contemporary to Bjork. Fantastic soundscapes and really Ethereal and lingering vocals bring this all the way into my wheelhouse.
I had never heard of them before. I love it!
Great fusion of Cranberries meet Type O Negative
Strange and beautiful!
I really like the knife, surprised I didn't know his single act before that. Definitely good for me
Very good album. Great selection of songs, not something I'd listen to lots by myself but still great
Picked this up a while back under influence of the Vikings TV series opening sequence. On prior listens I felt like the latter half maybe dragged or got monotonous but I'm feeling on this listen maybe it merited closer attention.
This kind of stuff is extremely my shit. If late Tegan and Sara were Swedish and had a drum machine. I’m down to clown.
wow. j'aime gros beaucoup en plus la trame sonore de viking est leur création belle découverte pour moi
A pretty unique album, nothing really sounds like it. Also the loudest thing I have ever heard live
Feels timeless and locked in time at the same time, definitely pushes the envelope and is confrontational and comfortable at the same time
dark house pop. A bit slow to start but finds a groove. downtempo sensual moody
Je m’attendais à rien et wow. Un album très différent des autres cette semaine. J’ai toute suite embarqué avec la première chanson. Genre d’album à écouter en faisant son jogging.
Right up my street
Liked this and will listen to it again
Overall I liked it. It's a different sound for sure. was kind of surprised it didn't start to get old and sound repetitive. Really enjoyed the enigmatic jam session on "I'm not done". 4.0
Enjoyed this. Surprised by the first track being the theme tune to vikings.
Rating: 7/10 Beat songs: triangle walks, now’s the only time i know, keep the streets empty for me
Knowing nothing about this artist of album I was pleasantly surprised! Reminded me a bit of Bon Iver. Relaxing and good to work to.
A Mix of Sinead O'Connor's pathos nd a bit of icy Nico's voice. The music is easy to listen to, but the lyrics seem a bit banal. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: If I Had a Heart
I liked this!
7/10. Sounds good, but in a really boring way. Without the vocals this would make a fantastic video game soundtrack, but it's too slow for me to want to just listen to it.
I thought the vocals were a bit grating sometimes, but I liked this album a lot. Favorite track might be Coconut.
amazing album, unique sounding electronic songs that remind me of war chants or similar music
Yesterday's album was one I said you swam in. This one you submerse yourself in. Also, knew it was the Vikings' theme song from the first note.
Cool progressive sound
Pretty good album. A bit slower-paced and atmospheric than The Knife, I'd say, but still very enjoyable. Having watched the TV series Vikings, I was of course very familiar with the opening song.
Similar to Soldier Thread. Very easy to listen to while working.
This is very appealing goblin music.
Good album, good memories of the times. Is still an interesting and inventive listen
Ekki skemmtilegt í hefðbundnum skilningi, en mjög töff og oft glettilega spooky. Minnir mig á sjónvarpsþættina Dark. Mæli með.
Otherworldly. An interesting and relaxed listen. Would defo listen again
Fever Ray is a new artist and new music for me. There is something in the vocals that reminded me of Tegan and Sara. Some of the music reminded me a of less serious Dead Can Dance, with Fever Ray having a little fun with the music too. The album works as a whole, but the individual tracks were different enough to keep my attention. "If I Had a Heart" is good example of what you'll get from this album. I also put "Triangle Walks", "Keep the Streets Empty for Me" and "Coconut" in my personal playlist to listen to again later. I enjoyed this album. I could easily come back for a second listen.
Only knew Fever Ray from Vikings but really enjoyed this album, would definitely listen again.
Weird and ethereal, so it's a yes for me! Plus the title track to Vikings, which is absolutely ace.
Interessante pop eletrônico da Suécia
Fiilaan kyllä Fever Raytä. Alkulevy on musta parempi kuin loppupuoli, kaks avausraita levyn kohokohdat. 4/5 kiehtovan synkkää
Sounds good, not the biggest fan of this type of music
serious and technical, sparse scandi
I liked this a lot. Interesting delivery good songs and not too long. Very mysterious. 4 🌟
Best Song: If I Had a Heart. The only song on the album I knew prior to listening. Dark and brooding, it builds satisfyingly towards this sort of sombre crescendo. The lyrics also feel heavy and mysterious, lending themselves well to the overall tone of the track. Worst Song: Now's The Only Time I Know. Lacks the grit and edge of the rest of the album, sounding more like a generic pop-rock song. Overall: Atmospheric, dark, with interesting lyrics and neatly layered instrumentation. The male and female vocals provide an excellent stylistic counterpoint to one another. For rainy days, dusk and dawn.
Sonidos electrónicos. Buena propuesta
This was very cool. I'm not a huge fan of electronic music, so I wasn't expecting to love this, but it won me over. So sparse, dark and moody. It's an odd comparison, but it reminded me a little of Peter Gabriel's Security, which is my favorite album of his. 4 stars.
Strong Björk and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith vibes. Definitely can appreciate the great instrumentals as well as the general vibe, I'm not a huge fan of the lower-pitched vocals here though, that's just a preference. Overall pretty nice!
The beats are very much my thing but the vocal pitch shifting and modulation ruin like 1/2 the songs for me. I'm so into the spare electronic sound though that I can forgive the vocals. I'd definitely prefer to have an album by The Knife on this list in its place.
Odd, but great. Nice one Karin.
This is a groove that I could stay in for hours. Unlike a lot of other electronic music, one can hop in that groove without even thinking about drugs. The second half tailed off which cost it a 5.
This feels like cyberpunk desert electro vibes. I'm not even sure what that means, but I'm here for it.
While not my style there is a lot of interesting stuff on this record.
very interesting, voice was a bit annoying but i got used to it. if i could give half stars this would be a 3.5
I liked it. I'm glad it had vocals. The female singer added to the creepy/moody feel of the album. I'm not sure if this would be an everyday listen for me but i won't mind revisiting it.
I really like this, musically really interesting, a lot of different world music themes being used. It's like a non-shitty Bjork.
One of those albums that you hear the songs and go "Oh it's THEM!" - lovely spooky soundscapes that are so much more than scene setters for TV dramas. I'll be giving this another listen in late autumn, for sure.
Favorites were "Triangle Walks" and "Keep the Streets Empty For Me". Solid album overall.
Moody and unique. Sounds a lot like The Knife but also the same person so makes sense.
At first I thought this was just 'ambient beats to study and chill to'. It is that, but also a lot more. It's atmospheric and detailed and rewards an active listen. Somehow it manages to be both ambient and catchy at the same time. The more I listen the more I like it. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: When I Grow Up Date listened: 21/09/22
I liked it sounded like a dude wanted to make the Hotline Miami soundtrack in the style of Aphex Twin the vocals were consistently annoying but I really liked the production except for the one song that used the marimba I can’t hear the marimba without thinking of that shitty stock music every documentary uses solid 7/10
4 Unique icy sound
Fever Ray caught me completely by surprise. What a completely unique sound! Now this is an artist that knows the joys and wonders of the Voice Live, am I right? About half the tracks use that deep, haunting vocal and half use an almost Tegan and Sarah-like crone. I love all the mouth sounds in “If I had a Heart.” It makes me as uncomfortable as the subject: greed, lust, power. Concrete Walls is insane. Really insane. I think the subject is psychosis. Or maybe its from the perspective of a cockroach. Either way, the synths are haunting and the percussion is infectious. Keep The Streets Empty for Me is deeply unsettling. There’s something very un-human-like about this song: “I’m laying down, eating snow. My fur is hot, my tongue is cold. On a bed of spider web, I think of how to change myself.” Weird and brilliant artists are coming out of Sweden. This album reminds me of an incredibly disturbing Swedish fantasy film “Border” which is about trolls. I am shook. 4/5.
Agh, I've been fretting over whether to give this a 3 or a 4 all day! I listened to this album religiously in college, and I'm drawn to it for the same basic reasons: very striking artistic vision, anachronistic production (the new age synths, sequencing, processed vocals, with a few clean guitars in there), creepy lyrics and vocal delivery. In essence, everything a girl could want. I'm just a little hung up on some of the lyrics. There are some really mysterious, stunning lines, but some just feel either repetitive, or others obfuscatory. But overall, I want to reward albums that feel confident and out of time, and this one really feels that way.
I genuinely enjoyed this one. From the get go it had me intrigued and caught in this subtle trance. It held my interest throughout, holding this haunting aesthetic both in music and vocals, but never felt gimmicky. Added to my music library. A very welcome surprise indeed.
Alright, wasn't amazing
Little out there. Primal, tribal, very sparse. Creepy at times. The phrase "witch house" keeps popping in my head no matter how many times I try to stop it. Favorite tracks: "Seven", "Concrete Walls"
Cool and laid back
What the hell is this
Good album! Resonated pretty well with me this morning. I'm not sure I would actively search it out, but it's solid electronic stuff, and I would listen to it again. 3 stars.
surprisingly good, the experimental stuff worked for this album
Prob the newest record on the list. Doesn’t really stand out to me as all that special. It’s okay
Started off really interesting. I like the voices, and music. The lyrics got a bit annoying. Enjoyed it though, very Bjork kind of feel.
Very cool, very weird. Wish I could have this album back in college when more substances could be involved.
It gets a passing grade because it didn’t totally suck. Had a bit of merit to it, wouldn’t consider it torture to listen to again, but wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to it again.
I was pleasantly surprised by this record. I enjoyed the music style. lots of varying vocal tones, mysterious feels to it. this is good music for soft background listening with the occasional rise in tension and sound (suspense like)
I thought this was pretty good and was genuinely surprised I hadn't heard of it given that I like the Knife. I wasn't in love with it but see it growing on me over time.
If I Had A Heart has some cool edge with its stereo panning. Its a cool album but I'm not super into it.
J’ai eu un très bon moment d’écoute, en travaillant ça s’écoutait bien et j’étais fâchée de devoir arrêter pour aller à un meeting Je lévite stranger than kindness
enjoyed it but not memorable
Apart, ik weet niet wat ik er van moet denken maar het is niet slecht
💧 trying too hard
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Concrete Walls Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Sounded like I was attending an Icelandic tribal ceremony 100 years in the future. Cool music, but not for casual listening.
Enjoyed this more than expected, especially after the second listen. Haunting and sort of creepy in a good way Saved: If I Had A Heart, Dry And Dusty, Concrete Walls
made an alright soundtrack to my day. nothing really of note. it was ok.
An interesting album blends heavy electronic music with a Scandinavian-like folk voice.
Pretty decent and chill. There were a couple tracks that caught my attention and made me start thinking 3.5 or even 4, but that was fleeting.
This album is great ambient music, but not very dynamic. Sounds like really high-level amateur composition with a cool music program. Cool sounds, good music, not great.
Each song had a familiar sound to it. Maybe I've heard Fever Ray before and didn't know who it was. My wife recognized the first song as the "Vikings" theme. Not something I'd listen to regularly but it would be good for ambient music.
Pretty good synth-pop that harkens back to the sound of the 80s.
pretty weird but cool sound!
good i could see some niceness in it but i wanted t to become a bit 'harder'
Quite cool on first listen, love the first track but was less into the more straight-ahead poppy ones. Triangle Walks is a highlight. Cool creepyness to it. Last track verged too far into sheer repetition for me. Overall I liked the vocal effects and manipulation, and some of the songs connected well, but this also confirmed my general dislike of electro as a genre.
Opener is cool - nice mix of electronic and acoustic instruments. Refreshing to listen to something more contemporary too and appreciate the 40+ years of studio improvements in comparison to the first few albums. This opener is a good example of a very comprehensive view of an album too, a real purpose written "opener" Vocal melodies and lyrics in When I Grow Up are crazy and unpredictable. The "Boomerang" bit with the panned noise was class and the lyric about plants were out of nowhere. They're either genius or total nonsense but most importantly, I can't tell. Beats on this album are great, simple but everything that's needed Overall impression: there is a freedom to this writing that's hard to capture. The brother and sister element goes a way to understanding that. The music has aged well too, wouldn't be out of place it released today
Some cool production throughout and overall quite a cool dark vibe but overall lacking it hooks, most tracks quite forgettable
nice, spacious, Bjork but catchier, grows as you listen to the album
Although this is classified as an electronic album it is not what i was expecting. There are a lot of synth progressions and the project is definitely production oriented, it doesn’t give off the holistic vibe of an electronic album. It is an album that will take multiple listens in order to pick up on little production cues and the meaning/understanding the lyrics. Overall a decent album, easy to listen to and beautiful production.
very ominous and dark pop would take a few listens to get used to and then start to like first song is in breaking bad 🥶
If there is something like ambient.pop then I think this fits in it. Though the lyrics and the structure of the album didn't caught my attention that much while listening to it, it kept me in a nice place the whole time. I don't think this is anything revolutionary or spectacular but it's nice enough I guess.
Whats that weird saliva, smacking noise in the first track?! I loved the song because of Vikings but I couldn't get over the horrible noise
Not what I expected, but pretty good! Strange electronic is always welcome.
When I saw the genre as electronic pop I was excited for a pre-hyper pop album but instead I was just bored for almost an hour. It’s well-produced and is very atmospheric but it feels so ambient to me. Vocals land somewhere between Björk and Lorde which makes it a shame that there were no moments on the album that highlighted the obvious technical skill. 5
Really interesting and nice electronic sounds, but I really think this could’ve used more variety and more energy. 6/10
Good to hear Scando music outside of Eurovision. Was gonna give up 3 tracks in but Seven and Triangle Walks are both superb. Turned out pretty good. Vikings is fucking sick.
Not in the 2018 version of the 1001 Albums book. Still listened. Not quite my genre, but an interesting listen. Enjoyed for the most part.
First song on the album was a banger - it's theme from 'Vikings', and has a terrific brooding, atmospheric vibe. There are a few others songs on the album that come close to that same feeling, and I appreciate the eclectic mix of musical styles on display here, but I can't say I would return to this album anytime soon.
Will likely check out more Swedish electronic.
Never listened to Fever Ray before. Will definitely return to this album, and check out others. It's a good album for when I'm doing things around the house.
True Rating: 51/100
Dark horror sound
I love love love their arrangements. Living, organic percussion that reminds me of Blue Man Group or Gotye (or the Knife, naturally). Confident and conservative songwriting that isn't trying to blow you away but get you slow like honey. But their whiny vocals tire me out so damn fast. When they're not whiny they're in this weird compressed autotune that's equally annoying. Probably real good just one song at a time.
Some pleasant noises. Trippy. Listened 3 times to attempt to catch the lyrics but was too distracted by the bouncy noises. Would listen again.
Al final si me gustó el trip
The theme song for the Vikings! Recognized almost immediately. Rest of the album wasn’t exciting.
Chill electronic pop. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but was pleasantly surprised. Favorite Track: If I Had A Heart Relisten: Yes
Cool album, interesting sounds. Saved second track When I Grow Up.
That's an experience.
I'm fond indeed of this album, which I think makes me a little generous in my assessment. It sounds much less experimental after hearing other music from this list, but is still unique enough to come off as above average to me. But it's music of a certain time and place in its tradition.
Caught me pleasantly by surprise....
Ah, nice work music - nonintrusive but pretty with slick production. Fav new track: Coconut
Incredibly dark and oppressing; fantastic production; don’t love the vocals; not exactly my thing but nearly a four
Kinda like if Enigma and Bauhaus had a child.
Surprisingly not that bad, liked the mystical vibe that it created
It wasn't an EDM weekend
Hmm, vaikea arvioitava. Kuulostaa kivalta ja hyviä tunnelmia, mutta ehkä lopulta jotenkin tehotonta tai en vaan pääse kaikkiin biiseihin sisään. Sit kuitenkin noin neljä biisiä todella kovia ja jopa ainutlaatuisia. No heitetään nyt 3.5/5, saattaa joskus nousta.
Tää ei ollut hassumpi. Kasvoi hienosti loppua kohden. 3/5
Loved the music. Hated the vocals.
Interesting music that just about covers up the terrible lyrical content.
I enjoyed this for the most part, but a little goes a long way. I feel like it probably improves on repeated listenings. Fave Songs: Triangle Walks, Coconut, Seven, Concrete Walls
Has a really interesting sparseness and darkness to it, and feels reminiscent of Bjork and maybe the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Will have to revisit it later, but a 3.5 that I'm giving a 3
Interesting but not compelling
Not bad, but not for me
This was really cool, great vocals and interesting beats and hooks, but it was quite top heavy imo and I began to lose interest as the album progressed
Fell asleep but that’s not their fault
Also has a sort of zen meditation vibe to it but with more vocals
I like it, but it doesn't excite me.
Cold electronics, bleak, industrial soundscapes, striking manipulated vocals. (I initially thought Fever Ray was a man to begin with). Definitely interesting, but more of a terrifying listen than an enjoyable one.
It was nice to recognize the theme to Vikings here. Scandinavian artists just seem to put out the most creative and different sounding albums and this one is certainly unique sounding. This has a Bjork vibe but much more accessible, I quite like it and will check out her former band Knife as well.
Ascoltato, carino, nulla di eccezionale, ma neanche malvagio.
Sounds a bit like Bjork: weird poppy stuff. It has it's moments
Veers from tribal dance pop, to Siouxie and the banshees-esque drum machine tracks. Liked it.
Kinda hypnotic sounds, well, they would be but I found the singers voice to grate on me after a while. I appreciate it but it’s just not music that I would listen to, unless I was like invoking spirits or trying to be mysterious.
Weird, not terrible and not what I expected at all
This was the sound of the times in which is was released. Alarmingly quotidian lyrics delivered with a highly-stylized affect create a contrast with the futuristic electronic track reminiscent of Kraftwerk. See also/instead: Grimes, Santigold, Karen O.
Except for If I Had a Heart and Concrete Walls, I liked this record more than I expected. Which is not to say I liked it very much. It was somewhat interesting vocally.
mi mi mi mi mid
Fyrsta lagið þekki ég mjög vel, hafði ekki heyrt neitt annað. Þetta er þægileg tónlist, ágætis plata.
Never heard of this before, but quite liked it. The overall sound is interesting, nice gentle electro atmosphere, quite low impact but just enough there to keep me listening. I saw MO at Glastonbury a couple of years ago and that felt very similar to this (albeit a bit more upbeat and with some extra oomph). Would I actually go out of my way to seek this out? Probably not, but it's a perfectly pleasant listen. 3/5
A difficult one. I loved The Knife. This is clearly a more difficult record - cold and wintry where the Knife would occasionally use colour and warmth. But I feel like it would repay you for further listens - but I don't have time to test this in a day! I'll be coming back to it.
Unexpectedly enjoyed it, atmospheric, good working album
This was ok - some good, some bad. I liked the droning, haunting sound of the opening track If I Had a Heart (later on Concrete Walls too). And then I realized that Fever Ray has an annoying voice by the second track When I Grow Up. When her vocals are more front and center (on about half the songs), the songs aren't as good and I struggled to enjoy the beats. Because of her voice and occasional strange beats, sometimes I wondered whether the album was meant to be a spoof - like a Will Ferrell EuroVision thing. The lyrics are also a bit too simple or everyday, not really making you think. All in all, another electronica album that is just meh.
The first time I listened to this, I thought it was "When I Grow Old." That really changes the dynamic of the song, actually. The electronica in the music doesn't sound bad, but her vocals just seem so... dull. Even when she makes them lower on "Dry and Dusty." Listening to the last track, my boy asked "Coconut? Why would anyone do a song called Coconut?" So I had to put on Harry Nilsson's "Coconut," which is a better song. Bjork did some work remixing some of her tracks. I feel like she needs someone like that to do more work on this. There's a lot of experimentation, but there needs to be someone there to say "that sounds cool, but what if you did this to it...?" A voice to help her figure out what to DO with her ideas. Electronica otherwise just seems like... noodling. Pass.
Weird but I strangely liked it
This was enjoyable. I don't really know how to pin it. No track stands out a lot more than the others, Maybe Concrete Walls or If I Had a Heart. Nice textures throughout the record.
Sounds like Sia. Glad I listened.
Everyone should know the Knife. Go listen to the Knife. The Knife is good music. Pop art sensibilities, electronic bang and blast, melodies that are ragged and razor sharp. Go listen to the Knife. Go get some Heartbeats, my person. Go get some. Wait, this is a Fever Ray review? Fuck, ummmm… it is fine. Someone from this band is in the Knife. The first song is a bop.
Icy electro burblings with dashes of pop on the side. Best Tracks: If I Had A Heart; Dry and Dusty; Keep The Streets Empty for Me
Initially, it’s a very nice album in concept it’s like joy division but electronic the lower pitch vocals are raspy but cool/ unique but the higher pitch vocals are horrible like an unlistenable mix of Bjork’s and Alanis Morrisette’s worst vocal qualities (and I really, really like both of their singing) but this album is quite interesting to be honest just could’ve been better. And what a disappointment for day 200 less than half as good as my day 100 (court of the crimson kings) this is a 3/5.
I like the song from Vikings because I used to like watching the series, but other than that I'd say this is a pretty ordinary album that's functional for background duties. And that's it.
Some synth-pop sounds that sounded okay, decent background/soundtrack music for my day. Nothing overly exciting or special for my tastes, but I didn't not enjoy it. Reminded me too much of Bjork, at times and ironically the first song to stream after the album was done was a Bjork song, go figure.
This album had me at When I grow up I want to be a forester Run through the moss on high heels This was a very pleasant listen as I worked on a late night job application. Some songs that were easy to get lost in, but none that floored me.