Fever Ray, 'Fever Ray' (Mute)

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by Spencer Kornhaber

The ashen bird mask, the possessed-pinball-machine beats, the vocals doctored to sound like a 300-pound interdimensional Mongol: These are things that the Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson uses to better understand her humanity -- not, as it would seem, to deny it. Her solo debut slightly tones down the Knife's electro innovation but turns up the creepy affect, making lyrically tender tracks like "Concrete Walls" and hallucinatory sketches like "When I Grow Up" into reverse Rorschachs: Dreijer Andersson spews her psyche to show just how alien our own minds are.

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