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Opinion Column: Fever Ray – Fever Ray

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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

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  • Nolan

    Somethings are just over one’s head sometimes.

  • Jonny

    Funny, I’d never heard of her before hearing this album, so there was no anticipation. I find it to be one of the best albums of 2009. Opinions are like assholes, I guess.

  • Andy

    I have listened to this album so much its ridiculous – and I still am not getting bored of it. Each to their own I guess, but for me this is up there with the best albums of all time, not just 2009.

  • anjee

    i didnt new that this girl was from the knife… this album, in my opinion is lifechanging, powerfull music, and powerfull feelings. a very bad review.

    unconvincing listen…cmon.

    this is perhaps the beginning of something great

  • steve erickson

    powerful has only one “l” anjee. wow.

    what did you think was so “lifechanging” or “powerfull [sic]” about it?