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Shaking The Habitual [3 LP]

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The Knife was formed in Gothenburg Sweden by sister/brother duo Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer. Having released four albums as The Knife (including their operatic collaboration with Mt Sims and Planningtorock) and multiple side projects, the duo have proven themselves to be truly unique and prolific artists working by their own rules.

Shaking the Habitual is The Knifes highly anticipated first proper album since 2006s Silent Shout.
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  • Vinyl (April 9, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00B9JDBT8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mr. flux on April 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Clearly this is not for every moment. The Knife have been etching away from their pop sensibilities for years. With Shaking The Habitual they have, perhaps, made their .... (I want to say Kid A, but I also want to say this only in brackets). There is nothing easy about this album. And for this reason, this album should be avoided in easy contexts. Do not listen to this album when making dinner. Do not put it on when hosting a dinner party, trying to imp with your music up-to-dated-ness. Do not insist that a friend listen to it right-then-and-now. Do not play this while eating olives and crackers. It will backfire.

But I think it's worth giving this album a serious listen. Much like, in recent memory, it is worth giving the Swans' "The Seer" a serious listen. This music, as so much great music, great art, really, needs space. Give it space. It is best at those moments of solitude. But it doesn't have to be a solitary experience, at the elimination of everything else. I mean, listen while doing something you love. Listen while writing. While drawing. While potting. Plants. Painting. Clicking through links and links and links and links online. Whatever. Watch a hockey or football game on mute. Watch a fashion show on cable. Let your eyes and mind do one thing while the music does another.

The Knife's latest album is not for every moment. But it can be for every person -- perhaps given the right moment. And the right state of mind.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chad E. Udell on April 9, 2013
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Tooth for an Eye, Full of Fire and some of the more accessible tracks take off right where Silent Shout or Deep Cuts left off, but the swirling ambient textures in the other larger tracks are much more. These tracks fill you with wonder, dread and triumph all at once. The world is a scary place and The Knife is making the soundtrack for it.

If you only like The Knife for Heartbeats or We Share Our Mothers Health, you probably won't like this. If the pictures of The Knife in primate masks or melting face masks seem pretentious, wankish or overdone, than you'll loathe this. No doubt about it... it's a big album. Long, deep, and dark. The accompanying manifesto should have clued you in on that.

At some points it's challenging to take. Other times, they feed you the answers on a beat heavy platter.

I'll take what they are dishing out. The world needs more music like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keller on June 18, 2013
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I absolutely love the knife and this album give me even more reason. This is not the typical knife and the sound is different than the other albums but that is what makes the knife who they are. If you love and embrace new sounds, this is the album for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Harrington on May 15, 2013
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This is not two albums in the sense of disc A and disc B, but just in the sense that part of it builds on Silent Shout (and even the Fever Ray album), while the other part of it builds on their soundtrack work. I know critics are unanimous about it, but the classic Star-Wars-cantina-band vibe is sullied a bit, for my tastes, by being wed with such deep near-silence ambient sections. The tribal drum "jams" are just fine for my palette, and I can tolerate the short odd noise interludes, but a 20 minute track of very low humming tones is distracting. I felt the same way about these kind of decisions on last Chromatics album, which was also greatly informed by side projects and soundtrack work.

That being said, I am only taking off one star for these missteps, as they merely add unnecessary bonus content to an otherwise flawless album that could easily warrant this price without the length. I am not hurt by the idea that this may have been a covert way to charge more, in the midst of a supposedly slumping industry.

Don't be scared to get this, there is plenty left after you trim the fat.
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Remember 'Silent Shout'? Or time signatures, or melody? You can forget about those, because the latest incarnation of the Knife takes a wrecking ball to those foundations. Anyone who's been paying attention to their discography though, especially their collaboration with Planningtorock & Mt. Sims for 'Tomorrow, in a Year', won't be that surprised at this new album (especially when you hear 'Wrap your Arms Around Me' & 'Raging Lung').

I can get on board with about a third of the album. Candidly, I have hard time listening to the rest of it straight through. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate avant garde aesthetics like Neubauten, Dead can Dance, I can get into electronic glitch like LFO. But the line between experimental brilliance and downright self indulgence has definitely been crossed. The more challenging tracks (Cherry on Top*, Crake, Old Dreams Waiting to be Realized, Networking, Oryx, Fracking) consists of stretched out sounds of flutes, creaking metallic hinges or rusty swingset, prolonged moaning/yodeling, kazoo, whatever you can hear in nightmarish scenes of a horror movie; there's little structure or focal points in these. They're all fascinating, rich organic samples, but for me, it sounds way more fun to produce than to listen to.

And I know they love piling on the vocal filters, but personally I enjoy Karin's vocals unfiltered because it already sounds unique by itself for any human voice; I'm not thinking "that's an interesting female singing voice", I'm thinking "that's an interesting sound". FWIW I definitely still want to catch them live if they come near me, and I look forward to what they'll be doing next.

*EDIT: I'm actually enjoying this track, 'A Cherry On Top' much more with every successive listen.
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