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Fever Ray


Second studio album from Swedish electronic pop musician Karin Dreijer of The Knife, her first release in eight years

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Rabid Records
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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Endlessly innovative – check the skittering, robotic violin on Red Trails, played by Sara Parkman – Plunge befits the return of an iconic creative voice
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  2. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    From Wanna Sip’s opening videogame blitzkrieg to the Blade Runner drones of Mustn’t Hurry, Plunge is a complete thrill
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  3. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    She inhabits an unheimlich realm where desire is indistinguishable from panic but where comfort appears in the strangest places
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  4. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Plunge can turn into a repellent record, but it comes off as playfully, purposefully done, like Dreijer is mischievously pushing listeners’ buttons to challenge just about everything they know—of the world, of her music
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  5. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    An engaging, album that’s fascinating and thoroughly catchy
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  6. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Moving away from the roots of Fever Ray, but retaining its crucial characteristics, she is able to redefine the project
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  7. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    Karin Dreijer is more conflicted, more manic—and more in love, too
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  8. 8.6 |   Resident Advisor

    If the feelings on past records could seem impenetrable or odd, the emotional chaos on Plunge is much more representative of the real spectrum of human feeling
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  9. 8.5 |   The 405

    She seems a lot happier, or at least more energetic and outgoing, coming into second album Plunge. But that only seems to bring her up against more frustrations in the world around her, which are wrought vividly throughout
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  10. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Dreijer continues to build this landscape of miniature squeals and hyper-filtered lyrics
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Remember Fever Ray? How could you ever forget
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  12. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It can and will be enjoyed as a universally creditable piece of brilliantly constructed art, and that is Dreijer's real success here
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Pitch-shifted into a pervading mood of menace, Dreijer’s vocals grapple with sex and relationships, with political engagement never far away. Her electronics, meanwhile, are unrelentingly engaging, never just hitting presets
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  14. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The creepy, controlled menace is mostly replaced by something more fidgety, its songs thrumming with nervous excitement and strange, sci-fi-like sounds
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  15. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The good thing about the new record Plunge for fans of her beautifully dark debut release from eight years ago is that it now only fully complies to Fever Ray’s urge for adventurous and uncompromising compositions but it also has the same nocturnal paradise as its predecessor
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  16. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    Each track feels on the cusp of overload, with elements that surge upwards to levels of intense mania
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  17. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    This is a joyous artistic rebirth, its creator shaking her tail feathers, pushing her own boundaries and immersed in emotion and whim brought out from within
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  18. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A reawakening to be reckoned with. Print edition only

  19. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    Musically, Plunge is Knife-lite, but it’s no less abrasive or interesting
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  20. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A worthy addition to Dreijer’s career discography, and fans of Fever Ray and the Knife are sure to enjoy it
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  21. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Plunge is a very unique album that can be as melodic and intimate as it can be chilling and alien
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  22. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's as pop as anything she’s done since The Knife’s second album 12 years ago
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