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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for The Knife's Karin Dreijer as Fever Ray features contributions from their brother Olof, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Vessel.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
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  1. Mar 10, 2023
    Radical Romantics is essentially a collection of notes on love. Love—whether sexy, overwhelming, or vengeful—links together the recurring motivations of the Fever Ray catalog: curiosity and exploration, family born and chosen, sexual freedom and pleasure.
  2. The brightest and most subversive moments on the album come when Dreijer enlist blunt lyrics and wobbling instrumentals to articulate hard-to-explain emotions flawlessly.
  3. Mojo
    Mar 7, 2023
    Thematically, Radical Romantics can be seen as a mellow follow-up to the angrier, gender-politics-driven Plunge. Instead, it celebrates self-exploration. [Apr 2023, p.88]
  4. Mar 10, 2023
    Radical Romantics is as joyfully alive with sound as anything that Dreijer has created in their three decades of music making.
  5. Mar 13, 2023
    With Radical Romantics we see a distinct shift away from the idea of linear songs, and rapidly towards a 360 soundscape – all encompassing, visceral and beautifully overwhelming.
  6. Mar 17, 2023
    Compared to the preceding Plunge, this new album is more adventurous, perhaps, attempting to summon diverse and emotionally challenging experiences of a relationship. Depending on a listener’s experience and expectations, Radical Romantics can be found as uncomfortable as it is accommodating. The album tackles its subject with an attitude that exudes boldness and acceptance.
  7. Mar 7, 2023
    Fever Ray circa 2023 feels admittedly a little quainter than they used to.

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  1. Mar 14, 2023
    Absolute stunning album. It reveals more of itself over further listens. It’s noticeable to see Olof back onboard to help write and produceAbsolute stunning album. It reveals more of itself over further listens. It’s noticeable to see Olof back onboard to help write and produce the first 4 tracks. He brings the rhythm to anything they work on and it's sublime, especially the song Kandy. Also Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross aka Nine Inch Nails are onboard to co-produce two tracks. They bring that slightly dissonant electronic programming and playing to the tracks. North is a gorgeously dark dirge thanks to them, that almost sounds like something by Depeche Mode. But, everything is tied together by Karin's vocals and you can hear how meticulous they are in putting them down. Karin is such a dynamic singer, with or without pitchshifting. Not to mention they are a brilliant songwriter and you can hear the experience of being a songwriter for over 20 years now. There is such an instinct for melody and mood evident in their work. Incredible piece of art! Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2023
    situated between the self titled debut and plunge, radical romantics sharp cuts using the best sounds of both worlds as its knife