#18 on the 2009 Musical Advent Calendar
Fever Ray by Fever Ray
Like Dan Auerbach’s solo album, Fever Ray could definitely be considered a branch from the Knife’s family tree. The Knife is an amazing brother/sister duo from Sweden, and Fever Ray is the solo project from Karin Dreijer Andersson (the sister). While this new project is decidedly slower than a lot of the Knife’s back catalog, there are definitely some songs very similar to what you’ll find on this new CD.
Fever Ray hit me like a perfect storm earlier this year. I was already a big fan of the Knife, whose Deep Cuts album was one of my top 36 albums of the decade (and whose Silent Shout should have arguably been on there as well, had I actually heard it). And when I saw the above video “If I Had a Heart,” before having heard Fever Ray, I was floored. Moody music and even moodier videos (that actually make you feel kinda scared is the room your watching it in is sufficiently darkened) together make for a high rating here at the Bacon Review.
But I’m curious: What do you think?
19. Tell ’Em What Your Name Is by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
20. Mo Beauty by Alec Ounsworth
21. Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants
22. Noble Beast by Andrew Bird
23. Hungry Bird by Clem Snide
24. Actor by St. Vincent
25. Elvis Perkins in Dearland by Elvis Perkins in Dearland
26. XX by the XX
27. Grrr… by Bishop Allen
28. Keep It Hid by Dan Auerbach
29. It’s Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
30. Beware by Bonnie “Prince” Billie
31. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear