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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!!
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.Read more ›
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I was listening to this actually when I received the rate it email. I have thoroughly enjoyed this CD and have been playing it pretty much on a loop since receiving it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss S.L.O
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fantastic music not only the theme song for Vikings but also the other tracks are greatPublished 4 months ago by teacher's pet
I discovered this album after the debut of episode 1 of Vikings in 2013. I was fascinated with "If I Had A Heart" for weeks before deciding to listen to the whole album. Read morePublished 6 months ago by N. Russell
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