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Instinct

Niki And The Dove

Instinct

Debut album from the much-tipped Swedish electro-pop duo, who featured in the BBC Sound of 2012 list

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Mercury
UK Release date
14/05/2012
US Release date
22/05/2012
  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    In what has already proved to be a strong year for breakthrough artists the duo have gone and raised the bar once again, and in doing so, created one of the most essential albums of the year
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  2. 9.0 |   BBC

    Doubtlessly Niki and the Dove will one day relinquish this youthful pop abandon in favour of wilful experientialism, but until then be sure to enjoy one of the essential debuts of the year so far
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Sit down with the album over a lengthy period of time and you will discover its depth and contagiousness. Like Mary Shelley’s work, Instinct is destined to be both relevant and classic in years to come
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  4. 9.0 |   The Fly

    A daring, dynamic and dramatic debut
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  5. 8.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Instinct is such a strong pop record from start to finish because the duo focuses their efforts well beyond strong pop songwriting and instead on in-the-moment intricacy
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  6. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Though we may be familiar with its individual ingredients, Instinct is a potion of loopy mysticism and pop grandeur that tastes thrillingly new
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Awash with grand ambitions, Niki & The Dove is one of the few bands whose grasp actually matches their reach. The result is dazzling
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    Instinct is a vivid and varied debut, and ultimately a more rewarding listen than if Niki and the Dove had just explored one facet of their sound
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    They deserve some sort of Nobel Pop Prize
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  10. 8.0 |   State

    The theatrical sheen that she, along with musical partner Gustaf Karlöf creates is more influenced by their history as stage music writers rather than any one artist or style of music in particular
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  11. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    2012 will spawn no more dramatic album than Instinct
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  12. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The pair creates an intricate aesthetic that's far more than just the sum of their easy-to-spot influences
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  13. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    There's something about the visceral, elemental nature of Niki and the Dove's production that takes you right there, shivering and pulling the collar of your coat close as wind whips under the viaduct
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  14. 7.0 |   Spin

    The album clicks because beyond the date-stamping visuals and the music's timeless project to unite art and pop, the longtime partnership behind Niki & the Dove has finally found a proper voice, and a proper name
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  15. 7.0 |   AU Magazine

    Class act, worthy of both the hype and, more importantly, a place in the hearts of millions
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  16. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The best electro-pop debut since La Roux. Print edition only

  17. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Elusive, epiphanic dance-pop
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  18. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While Instinct is less captivating on its more conventional tracks, the album is never dull, thanks to Niki and the Dove’s considerable charm
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  19. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    While Instinct’s creativity and sense of adventure are to be commended, the album never builds any real momentum
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  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Their melancholic synth-pop, swooning electronica and melodramatic vocals sounds best on the smartly crafted DJ, Ease My Mind
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  21. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    The impression that Niki and the Dove are essentially the Knife for pop kids is corroborated, not dispelled, by their debut album
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  22. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Full of big drums, burbling electronics and the kind of vocal abandon (from Malin Dahlström) that ping-pongs between Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks
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  23. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    More fury and less moderation and this would have been outstanding; as it is, it's just very good
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  24. 6.0 |   Blurt

    The unlikely fusion of Niki's Hounds of Love hounding and Eurotrash booty rattling proves to be a winning formula
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  25. 6.0 |   Pop Matters

    Ridiculously infectious
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  26. 4.0 |   Q

    Theatrical Swedish duo are all play and no drama. Print edition only

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