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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fever Ray - Self Titled

Beatnuts rejoice! Time for a little electronic action! Techno Tuesday is a bit of a stretch today - with not as much a dance record as straight up electronic vibes. Fever Ray here (real name Karin Dreijer Andersson - yes, a woman) is quite a fixture in the music business. She is the lead vocalist of the electronic duo 'The Knife' and was previously a guitarist in the band 'Honey Is Cool'. She started the Fever Ray solo stuff while the Knife was on break - and this record dropped in 2009. Karin was born in 1975 in Sweden - which I think serves as a starting point as to where she gets her influences from. Her music is very similar to The Knife - or maybe even Bjork with more electronic influence. I'm not big on the scene - but there were a series of feminist pornographic shorts called 'Dirty Diaries'. There was a soundtrack set to those shorts - and they were done by Fever Ray here. The shorts were given fairly high marks by critics - but the music was said to be "appropriate - yet repetitive". Now, I haven't seen them to comment - but I'm kind of curious. That has to be an extremely tough task. She's performed as Fever Ray at a variety of music festivals around the world - and typically been praised for putting on a really good show. She's lent her sound to different studio film soundtracks, and sounds like she may be working on more. I certainly praise this record for doing what's it's doing - but this is fairly out there. I might be off base, but I think this would be very hard for the general music fan to enjoy. While I enjoy it, it's one of those albums I can say with near certainty would be too strange of a sound for the masses to enjoy. I still say check it out - but be weary.

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

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Seven
2. If I Had A Heart
3. Dry And Dusty

3.25 out of 5 stars

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