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What would you do if, one decade into your career, you suddenly saw your latest release named album of the year by one of the world’s most influential music websites? If you’re Karin Dreijer Andersson, formerly singer with ‘90s pop hopes Honey Is Cool and now one half of The Knife, the answer is to take a couple of years off and return as a solo artist under a new ... Read more in Amazon's Fever Ray Store

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B001R7IH50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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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.

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Overall, this is another one of my favorite albums/CD's of 2009.
Alexander Lawrence
When displacement can be this beautiful, it makes us question our idea of beauty.
zeena choudhry
Karin is an amazing artist whose creativity and innovation is pure.

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62 of 63 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Moore on February 4, 2009
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It could be that I'll read this review a year from now and say, "Wow, I really liked that record back then, but in hindsight it's nothing all that special, certainly not worthy of five stars." But I doubt it. This really does strike me as a special record. I've been listening to it repeatedly for many days; in fact, I can listen to little else. I like The Knife's Silent Shout a lot, but I think I like this one, Karin's solo project, even better. What's strange is, I can't say I even "like" her voice. I'm not sure I'm supposed to like it, the way I may like Mary Blige's voice, or Britt Daniel's. If Karin's voice were "pretty" or "strong" or whatever, I don't know if it would be as effective. As it is, its cold roughness is the perfect conveyer of these starkly beautiful--and catchy--songs. (In a just world, "Seven" would be a monster international hit.) And they are songs: I think any number of talented singer-guitarists could play some or all them solo and make them work just fine. But much of this is dance music, and the beats, so inventive, are half the fun. The synthesizer sound is another big part of the fun, though I hear an electric guitar here and there, maybe some acoustic percussion. (A real bass in some spots? Hard to know.) This is a little less electronic than The Knife, but not much.

Start with a hooky New Order--or perhaps more accurately Kraftwerk--synthesized riff, add nuanced but minimalistic ornaments, throw in a good bit of Bjorkian vocals (and, of course, digitally-altered Knifean ones--does Olaf appear here and there? it's hard to tell), mix in some dark, N. Europe starkness and Bergmanesque, existentialist gloom, a little dash of free-floating expressionism in the lyrics, and you get--can I spell this?--Karin Dreijer Andersson's Fever Ray.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Chris Dalton on January 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This shall turn out to be the great "Missed Record of 2009" for me. It wasn't until the torrent of year end lists were published in all the magazines, websites and blogs, with this always somewhere in the Top Twenty, that I paid any attention.

Put simply...and many of the reviews here bear this out...there is something almost SUPERNATURAL about this record. It is so impossibly addictive. It gives me such a feeling of Deja vu, yet regarding experiences I know that I've never even ever least not in the waking world. What is up with that?

If Brian Eno made a record with Kate Bush and David Sylvian, using Peter Gabriel's 1980s work as a template, maybe viewed through the eyes of Scandinavian black metal, you might approach the sound and feel of this record.

I am totally obsessed. And I must re-write my Top Albums of 2009 list.
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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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