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Knives Don't Have Your Back

Emily HainesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Last Gang Records
  • ASIN: B000HIVOB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Our Hell
2. Doctor Blind
3. Crowd Surf Off A Cliff
4. Detective Daughter
5. The Lottery
6. The Maid Needs A Maid
7. Mostly Waving
8. Reading In Bed
9. Nothing & Nowhere
10. The Last Page
11. Winning

Editorial Reviews

Four years and four cities later, Metric's Emily Haines is finally (almost) ready to release her debut solo effort. On September 26, Last Gang Records will release Knives Don't Have Your Back, which was written and recorded in Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, and New York over the last four years, and features contributors including Sparklehorse's Scott Minor, Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff, Stars' Evan Cranley, and Metric's Jimmy Shaw. Though it took Haines four years to complete the album, the singer says she'd been plotting this for years. Among those songs are a track that was written while Haines was studying electroacoustics in Montreal, while some were recorded in Toronto in the winter of 2002, shortly after the death of Haines' father. According to the label, the album is intimate and mellow, featuring piano-driven tracks with string and horn arrangements.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songstress Haines flexes her solo muscle September 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who follows the Toronto music scene is no doubt familiar with Emily Haines, the quirky frontwomen of indie band favorites Metric, and occasional member of the excellent rock collective Broken Social Scene. "Knives Don't Have Your Back" is the first commercially released solo album from Haines, not counting her self-released and long out-of-print 1996 debut "Cut in Half and Also Double."

"Knives Don't Have Your Back" is a great album that barely misses the excellent mark, with many of the songs sounding similar and few standout tracks. As a whole, the album is pleasant, melodic, and downbeat - a stark contract to Haines's day job. I see this as more of a strength, as her voice lends itself well to piano-driven ballads, but diehard Metric fans might not be so enthralled. The album starts with three excellent tracks, "Our Hell," "Doctor Blind," and "Crowd Surf off a Cliff." While none of these songs are contenders for extensive radio airings, they are well written and superbly executed soft rock songs. Haines has progressed as a songwriter over the first two Metric albums, and it gets better here. The musical arrangements on later tracks, such as "Reading in Bed," "The Last Page," and "The Lottery" are also high quality, with piano and guitars mixing well with organs, pedal steels, and even trumpet. My one complaint, as noted above, is the "sameness" of the songs. Many of the songs begin and end in a similar fashion, and none of them are standout tracks along the lines of "Death Disco" and "Poster of a Girl." However, I can't resist Emily's voice and songwriting style, so I am far from regretting this purchase.

Mad props also go to the album's packaging.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For people who have not heard metric January 14, 2007
By lau
Format:Audio CD
This is from the perspective of someone who hasn't heard Metric's music before. I am a huge fan of women soloists, tori amos, cat power, beth gibbons, vienna teng, bjork, pj harvey, etc.. and i have to say i havn't herad anything quite like this album. If you like meloncholy female pianists, you should definately suport this woman. "Knives Don't Have Your Back" is very melodic, very stark, humble, and quite poetic. The album is fairly quiet for the most part, but there are some lively and awesome band moments too, mostly in the first half, as in "Mostly Waving" with a hip brass section. "Doctor Blind" is another vibrant favorite. Each song is catchy enough to stand out, even the ones at the end, after a few listens, but there is still a definate unity between all the songs, despite them being written throughout the course of her life. A friend lent this to me and after one listen i was completely addicted. The only song i didn't think was as good as the rest was "lottery", though it's not a bad song, I just don't get what she's really trying to express when she refers "sexual suicide is a new crime, lets commit it". Overall her lyrics are both fresh and familiar, "...rather give the world away than wake up lonely.","she calls around finds me crying, wish i was capable of lying sometimes" Other favorites are "Crowd Surf Off a Cliff" and "Reading in Bed".

This album has a place next to the best of them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Haines Fans- Dig Deeper October 7, 2006
By Mark S.
Format:Audio CD
OK, I really love this record. Some of it's pretty sad, all of it's pretty beautiful, and the best part- 100% Emily Haines. If she isn't the most creative, talented, artistic person making music in the alt/rock world, I don't know who is. Warning, repeated listening may cause depression in the thoughtful or weak of heart!

As far as other reviews calling metric's music, "consistent" I have to disagree, and I think this work is very similar to the early, out of print hard to find metric music. That early stuff shares little with their reformatted approach since Old World Underground. If you've heard the Metric track 'Butcher," this CD's sound will be familiar- esoteric poetic lyrics set to somewhat stark melodic music. So think Metric, Part I, and this music WILL be familiar.

Digging deeper yet, Emily's father's influence is naturally present in everything she does, and in this record's case, she's not even tried to hide that fact. Just compare this album's packaging with her Father's work with Carla Bley on "Escalator Over the Hill." If you're an Emily Haines fan, you may seriously want to study up- it'll be worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely moving and inspiring! January 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge Metric fan from seeing them in concert to listening to "Live It Out" nonstop for almost all of 2005 into 2006. So when I discovered that Emily Haines was releasing a solo album consisting of her and the piano w/ dark and politically moving songs I knew I had to purchase it. My first instant favorite song was Track #2 "Doctor Blind" which is understanding on so many levels w/ an excellent video to accompany it. Of course I love Track #1 "Our Hell" especially the line "our hell is a good life." Track #3 "Crowd Surf Off A Cliff" is an achning beautiful song contenting the line I love "if you find me hide me I don't know where I've been." In Track #4 "Detective Daughter" I love the line "There are so many skirts under the table. None of these long legs are mine. She calls around finds me crying. Wish I were capable of lying sometimes." And then as the music drifts off Emily swoons "Love is hell,hell is love. Hell is asking to be loved." I just adore that line it is like no other. Track #8 "Reading In Bed" contents the thoughtful line "with all the luck you had why are your songs so sad sing from the book you were reading in bed and took to heart." It makes you wonder if she is talking about herself b/c Emily Haines has said in many interviews relating to this album that it was a self discovery for her and that it was much more personal than anything she could have done w/ Metric. As a whole the album is understanding and a thoughtful piece of work that is at times depressing but relieving in a sense b/c who can't relate to feeling terrible or singled out. I love the style of the writing and her whispering voice is so breathtaking and almost sympathetic at the same time. Just a true gem!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Metric, but Still Good
The sound of The Soft Skeleton is a subtle change from Metric. Fewer power beats that Metric is great at, but I am convinced that anything with Emily Haines amazing voice would be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alexander the Weak
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I gave it a shot!
I love Metric, so I figured I ought to give this a listen. It has less electronic flavor than metric but good stuff nonetheless. A welcome addition to my library.
Published 7 months ago by krockasabi
1.0 out of 5 stars A-Plinkin' and A-Moanin'
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Published 9 months ago by Dwight E. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily haines
I first found out about this album via an ex who liked metric. metric's fine, but once I heard emily haines by herself I was kind of hooked. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as expected
Shipped quick, just a slight crease in the corner but record itself in perfect condition and plays great!
Very satisfied with this
Published 19 months ago by strollmd
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE
Emily Haines (Metric) is an extremely talented artist. She has numerous albums and is just starting to get recognition. The sound is dreamy, imaginative but yet fun rock. Read more
Published 20 months ago by emily mcginnis
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
This cd has a bunch of songs from a movie that I fell in love with and it was exactly what I wanted.
Published 20 months ago by Alexa
5.0 out of 5 stars simply outstanding
You might know Emily Haines better as the front woman for Metric, and while this is a step in a different direction, it has the ability to speak to Metric fans as well as draw new... Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by lost kitten
5.0 out of 5 stars Like fingernails scraping down your spine
So ethereal, and yet so disquieting. Haunting (Emily's voice in particular, and especially in juxtaposition with the music). Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by iglooboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
This artist was suggested by Pandora and I have to say that I love it.
Published on March 23, 2009 by Steven Malech
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