Karin Dreijer Andersson FEVER RAY s/t debut album POLL

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If there's any album from 2009 that deserves to be polled, it's this one (for me at least). I'm including her two recent cover songs from the special edition CD to make things more interesting. Please vote/discuss!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Keep the Streets Empty for Me 11
Seven 9
When I Grow Up 7
If I Had a Heart 5
Dry and Dusty 5
Triangle Walks 5
Concrete Walls 5
Coconut 3
I'm Not Done 3
Now's the Only Time I Know 2
Stranger than Kindness (Nick Cave cover) 0
Here Before (Vashti Bunyan cover) 0


I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 18:47 (eleven years ago) link

I really love this album a lot but the song I keep coming back to is "Dry and Dusty". The slow build as each component of the song is layered in mixed in with the processed vocals, all blossoming into that last restatement of the chorus before winding back down is pretty much the epitome of that album's ability to meld moodcraft and songcraft into a gigantic bludgeon of awesome.

Restless Genital Syndrome (HI DERE), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 20:21 (eleven years ago) link

definitely either track 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 or 10

mdskltr (blueski), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 20:24 (eleven years ago) link

vote 3

Restless Genital Syndrome (HI DERE), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 20:30 (eleven years ago) link

When I Grow Up

dmr, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 20:55 (eleven years ago) link

All of them.

oh okay then, Streets Empty.

StanM, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

definitely track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10

and i'm only saying that coz i don't have the bonus tracks

seriously i don't even listen to this album as song after song, it just seems like a connected suite of moods that one passes through like a corridor without ever really realising when one ends and the next begins

Karen Tregaskin, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 21:20 (eleven years ago) link

i'm not done

Kate 'Impeach' Bush (Future_Perfect), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 21:33 (eleven years ago) link

triangle walks maybe

max, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 22:14 (eleven years ago) link

Seven 4EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 22:44 (eleven years ago) link

coconut

jabba hands, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 22:45 (eleven years ago) link

I agree with the love for "Dry And Dusty". I also love 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 so I'm not sure yet.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 22:46 (eleven years ago) link

seven!!

super mario bros. (s1ocki), Thursday, 31 December 2009 01:34 (eleven years ago) link

I have no idea how to choose, I love this album.

Quiet, I'm making my Youtube Star Wars Review (Z S), Thursday, 31 December 2009 01:42 (eleven years ago) link

Dry and Dusty through Triangle Walks is definitely a nice run, though.

Quiet, I'm making my Youtube Star Wars Review (Z S), Thursday, 31 December 2009 01:44 (eleven years ago) link

yeah most albums you might feel lazy sometimes and just skip to your fave track. once u put this it on you listen to it all the way through. thats the beauty of it. not many recent albums i can say that about.

Michael B, Thursday, 31 December 2009 02:32 (eleven years ago) link

concrete walls ftw

taoiseachizown (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 31 December 2009 06:53 (eleven years ago) link

Figure this is my album of the year. Love 'em all. Still thinking...

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Friday, 1 January 2010 06:15 (eleven years ago) link

"I never liked that sad look from someone who wants to be loved by you"

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 1 January 2010 07:30 (eleven years ago) link

Another vote for Dry and Dusty. Pleasantly surprised to see it getting so much love.

a black white asian pine ghost who is fake (Telephone thing), Friday, 1 January 2010 07:35 (eleven years ago) link

This is fucking impossible.

Christyles, Friday, 1 January 2010 08:03 (eleven years ago) link

Though I feel like I should represent for either Triangle Walks, Concrete Walls, I'm not done or Coconut.

Christyles, Friday, 1 January 2010 08:06 (eleven years ago) link

seriously i don't even listen to this album as song after song, it just seems like a connected suite of moods that one passes through like a corridor without ever really realising when one ends and the next begins

so otm - just listened again and really unable to choose any one over the others. maybe not "coconut" - i often end with "keep the streets empty for me", which feels like perfect closure.

actually, it'd be between "if i had a heart", "seven", "triangle walks", "now's the only time i know" and "keep the streets empty for me".

lex pretend, Monday, 4 January 2010 11:00 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 7 January 2010 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

Ooh wow... must vote soon.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 7 January 2010 02:48 (eleven years ago) link

'When I grow up' for me. I like when the guitar line comes in round the second verse and it makes the vocals soar softly above the persistent, sterile synths. Sort of reminds me of the kind of tricks Radiohead were pulling on amnesiac, which is quite fine in my book.

feisty, Spanish, girl (Moka), Thursday, 7 January 2010 05:32 (eleven years ago) link

this is fucking impossible

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Thursday, 7 January 2010 07:17 (eleven years ago) link

^^ what you said.

'Now's the only time I know' for the simple genius of the rhythm track and the perfectly placed bass countermelody that comes in before the second verse.

Cricket riding a tumbleweed (Plasmon), Thursday, 7 January 2010 09:02 (eleven years ago) link

yeah tempted to go with that one

bu this pretty much sums it up:

seriously i don't even listen to this album as song after song, it just seems like a connected suite of moods that one passes through like a corridor without ever really realising when one ends and the next begins

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:12 (eleven years ago) link

"Now's The Only Time I Know" is the only song I can't remember by looking at the title, yet I am certain I love every song on this album.

ah ah oh ooh ooh oh ah ah ah ah ah oh ah ah aha ooh (HI DERE), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

oh duh, just started it and yes this song is fucking great, probably my dark-horse contender to "Dry and Dusty"

ah ah oh ooh ooh oh ah ah ah ah ah oh ah ah aha ooh (HI DERE), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

xp here's a reminder then

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hedpfEwwolk

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

I will say that "If I Had A Heart" is one of the best album openers ever recorded.

ah ah oh ooh ooh oh ah ah ah ah ah oh ah ah aha ooh (HI DERE), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

i still can't decide

if i knew how to make sockpuppets i'd create ten of them to vote for each song

i'm going to not vote coz i can't choose

Karen Tregaskin, Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:34 (eleven years ago) link

Use a random number generator!

ah ah oh ooh ooh oh ah ah ah ah ah oh ah ah aha ooh (HI DERE), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:35 (eleven years ago) link

the ones i'm not considering - "when i grow up", which as a single i found underwhelming; "concrete walls", which is great but more of a transition mood piece; "coconut", which i rarely listen to because "keep the streets empty for me" is such a perfect, perfect song and closer

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:38 (eleven years ago) link

I tend to agree with you, although sometimes I think 'Concrete Walls' is my fave, until the next song starts that is.

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:43 (eleven years ago) link

"Concrete Walls" was the other song I was considering picking until I was reminded of exactly which song "Now's The Only Time I Know" was.

ah ah oh ooh ooh oh ah ah ah ah ah oh ah ah aha ooh (HI DERE), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:44 (eleven years ago) link

while we're here i really need to draw everyone's attention to the martyn remix of "seven"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWSnq04o5Jk

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:46 (eleven years ago) link

i think i have it narrowed down to dry and dusty or keep the streets empty

Karen Tregaskin, Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:47 (eleven years ago) link

that was the hardest sophie's choice i've had to make on an album but keep the streets empty for me

just for all those is that a theremin or guitar feedback or a flute or SPOOKY SCANDINAVIAN GHOSTS noises in the background

Karen Tregaskin, Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

i think i'm changing my vote to 'seven' based on how she sang this part live:

I know it, I think I know it from a hymn
They've said so, it doesn't need more explanation
A box to open up with light and sound
Making you cold
Very cold

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Thursday, 7 January 2010 18:59 (eleven years ago) link

Arrrrrghhh way too hard. I'm gonna just go for the awesomely evil opener.

smothered in country gravy (Whitey on the Moon), Thursday, 7 January 2010 19:05 (eleven years ago) link

Fuck i know i've voted on this but i can't remember which track i voted for.

Christyles, Thursday, 7 January 2010 22:14 (eleven years ago) link

voted I'm Not Done over Concrete Walls. Maybe my favorite album last year, which is odd since initially i placed it several notches below Silent Shout.

Cosmo Vitelli, Thursday, 7 January 2010 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 8 January 2010 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

These results make really good sense, I like the voting spread!

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Friday, 8 January 2010 00:46 (eleven years ago) link

this poll=dumb

the album=awesome

Moles Rad (Moles_Read), Friday, 8 January 2010 01:48 (eleven years ago) link

Now's the Only Time I Know is really good why'd it get last :(

bread has no effect on you (ciderpress), Friday, 8 January 2010 02:01 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, that was the big surprise to me - figured Now's the Only Time I Know would at least place about I'm Not Done and maybe Coconut.

Alex in Montreal, Friday, 8 January 2010 05:09 (eleven years ago) link

This track is probably just loved most by people who don't vote on polls imo.

StanM, Friday, 8 January 2010 05:23 (eleven years ago) link

forgot to vote :-(

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Friday, 8 January 2010 07:13 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

Has anyone noted what seems to be a direct reference in 'Keep the Streets Empty for Me' to the awesome 60s psych track 'We are the Moles'?

The relevant Moles lyric: 'Hiding our faces/Revealing our souls'

QUOTE sampling at a higher rate UNQUOTE (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 4 October 2012 15:45 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

Top two choices OTM; Personally I fluctuate between both being my favourite tracks depending on the occasion. "Concrete Walls" is too low in this poll though

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 00:16 (four years ago) link

Fever Ray would be a great contributor to Handmaid's Tale's soundtrack.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:13 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

This album sounding reeeeeal good through nice headphones while walking the dog and a little stoned last night.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 18:01 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

It’s that time of the year when this album is the best album to hear at dusk

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

or any time of day really

poster of sparks (rogermexico.), Thursday, 14 October 2021 02:09 (one week ago) link

ended up doing this today without having seen your post, Moka

winters (josh), Thursday, 14 October 2021 06:00 (one week ago) link


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