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Fever Ray

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2009 debut album from Fever Ray AKA Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of The Knife. Fever Ray is the title, of both project and album, an evocation of the music's sound, intense and anxious, yet luminous. After having her second child and eight months of the most productive daydreaming later, Karin had a batch of new songs and the raw materials for the production of Fever Ray. Unsure how to get them over the finishing line, she took half to Christoffer Berg (who mixed The Knife's work), half to Stockholm production duo Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid for a final brush and tickle. The result is Fever Ray, an album that, while recognizably the work of the same artist, is dramatically different from The Knife. 10 tracks.


1. If I Had a Heart
2. When I Grow Up
3. Dry and Dusty
4. Seven
5. Triangle Walks
6. Concrete Walls
7. Now's the Only Time I Know
8. I'm Not Done
9. Keep the Streets Empty for Me
10. Coconut

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute (Artist Intelligence)
  • ASIN: B001R7IH50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By WW85 on March 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I don't think of myself as someone who gravitates towards electronic music. Maybe Fever Ray aroused some part of my brain that has been inactive since the 80's. Maybe I listened to too much beard rock last year and needed an intervention. Whatever it is, this album is ADDICTIVE.

It may or may not appeal to fans of The Knife. It might be too chill for them, but that might be fine for the rest of us. For those that don't know, Fever Ray is Karin Dreijer Andersson's solo project away from The Knife, the band she created with her brother. Their last album was a big hit in some circles. She famously talked about retiring after it came out.

This album is here to show she didn't, and in a pretty spectacular way. From her web site-

--Thus `I'm Not Done', one of Fever Ray's more upbeat moments, only reveals its true meaning in its title, a gesture of defiance against Karin's own thoughts of retirement. "That was the last song I wrote and in contrast to many tracks that are more about anxiety and depression, that one is very full of life," she says. "Sometimes, when you're as old as I am now, you think you're going to quit, and people around you think you're going to quit. But then you have days when you realise how good music can be, there's so much left to explore and so much left to do. That's why I sometimes feel I'll never quit."--

But `I'm Not Done', -though one of the finest- is not the last song on the album. Two that were probably written out of the anxiety and depression she describes follow it, and they bring the album to a breathtaking close.

Music videos of the albums first two songs can be easily found online. They are works of art unto themselves.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By squarehawk2 on March 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Karin Dreijer Anderssen gives us electro not for dancing, but rather sleep walking. Fever Ray has no pounding rhythms to be felt nor synth stabs rushing thru the speakers. Just a tapestry of echo beats and keyboard washes that backdrops a narration of surreal daydreams. Some will site this a "Knife-lite" record, a stretching out of Silent Shout's quieter moments, but there is more to this record than a missing brother. It's an album that exists on more songwriting than production qualities, and it should be heard fully instead of being cherry picked at for singles. For me, listening to these songs is like watching a exotic insect crawl across your floor; time consuming but none the less oddly fascinating.

As a whole, Fever Ray is a lonely affair, complete with both moments of desperation, contempt and hopefulness entwined. Vocal styling is similar to other Knife work, but the musical arrangements and lyrics are thoughtfully done enough to separate this material from the previous. First track is a somber declaration of wanting more, while being denied basic needs. The following "When I Grow Up" proves to be the accessible pop track, but the lyrics calm any Club urges by their depiction of daily restlessness. Most remaining songs continue in a paced manner, but each feel genuine with individual flourishes, like "Triangle Walk" with its chiming rhythms or "Keep The Streets Empty.." whose pan pipes imagine a ghost town. Even "Concrete Walls" evokes the a 3 a.m. paranoia with it's "Teardrop" beat and crawling voices. The mood does lighten here and there, but the album never becomes silly as the work is of a mature nature.

In the end, Fever Ray turns out to have been born out of the Knife, but it is an effort that demands to be taken in on it's own merit. And because of that it is rewarding.

For those interested, the other half of the Knife, Oolf Deijer, will be releasing his album for the fall of 2009.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Randolph Von Dingleton on July 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm not fond of electronic music. I'm a classic rock person for the most part (although also a lover of jazz and the blues).

I'm walking through a record store and this is playing. By the third song, I'm asking the help who it is. I buy it. I take it home. I listen. I listen again.

It is addicting. Utterly pleasurable. Different. Worth your money if you are open minded about your music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Mcdaniel on March 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
At first listen you will be hooked, it will hypnotise you in wanting more.
Listening to the ambient spiral sounds and vocals brings you into a trance and dream state its that good. I bought it today and I am happy I did, its playing in my car, in my house. Just buy it and enjoy the music thats freshly organic and true Karin Dreijer Anderson is an amazing inventive artist and it shows!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vedderoh1 on September 15, 2009
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Solo projects can be a double-edged sword for most artists. When The Knife announced, at the end of their last world your, that they may well take a deserved break from music we were afraid to even consider the consequences seriously. To our joy they may have meant it as a band (hopefully not) and the result is Karin Dreijer Andersson's outstanding debut that has been in the works for a number of years now.

Comparisons with The Knife are understandable but not always precise. Where Silent shout provided the perfect soundtrack to get the party started, Fever Ray is the music that lingers in the ears as people are exiting with the exhilaration still palpable in the skin. Her signature voice distortion and distinctive vocals are impossible to miss, but they are exploited to produce a wider, richer experience.

Opener If I had a heart is a slow-paced introduction to first single When I grow up, a song that if taken literally is a simple friends singalong but if translated properly talks about longing for that ideal moment to fall in love, past discomfort. This is the turning point - if by now it hasn't happened - when one realizes that she has stripped any direct connections to dance music and instead has opted for a more chilled and accessible approach. It is true that the mark of brother Olof is visible behind the management of samples but it is Karin with her lyrics and her androgynous voice that complements the music to create a brilliant departure from familiar ground.

In Seven she professes I've got a friend who I've known since I was seven / we used to talk on the phone, if we have time, if it's the right time. One never learns if she is referring to an imaginary friend or some kind of paranoia but the journey is deliciously enjoyable.
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