Silent Shout (CD/DVD DELUXE) Deluxe Edition
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Most of the songs loom large and unapologetic on a static-heavy foundation of pure electronica. The Knife experiments with some serious, in-your-face sound changes, most of them involving bizarre vocal arrangements (that sound melted, tweaked, and tweezered) and massive chunks of computerized noise.
When they're not infiltrating the nerves with schizophrenic, hyper-active machinery ("We Share Our Mother's Health" and "Like A Pen"), they're lulling listeners into dim groves of lyrical whispers ("Forest Families" and "One Hit"). This is the kind of album that's so avant-garde, so experimental, so hard to define and yet so insistently familiar that the urge to compare it to other records of its kind is almost unresistible.
But, in all honesty, there really is no other record to compare it to. The techno-militant urgency of "Neverland," the winding orchestral phantasms of "Marble House," the star-lit brilliance of the title track -- they may play like the distant cousins of Bjork, Massive Attack, Aphex Twin, or the Sneaker Pimps, but they are still indelibly unique. Fans of electronic music will be more than pleased, and everyone else may just find a few reasons to give the genre a more serious look.
Take Bjork's vocals, distort them many different ways, layer them on top of each other until you have what sounds like a choir of aliens or strange forest creatures, then add them to brooding pads, arpeggiated synths, and electronic drum beats, and you have an idea of what this album sounds like (the result is so much better than it may look in writing, though). The music isn't just a novelty either. It really is good from beginning to end.Read more ›
Silent Shout is a darker album, both for this band and electronic music in general. However, in the darkness it creates, it also manages to reassure. It isn't a bright and happy album, but it doesn't drag you down either, instead leaving you feeling empowered.
The album opens with the self-titled track, which moves at a very deliberate pace. The main synth riff remains consistent, yet constantly twists around itself and avoids becoming repetitious in doing so - in short, it's brilliant. The aforementioned darkness becomes apparent when Karin's vocals finally kick in - digitally altered and multi-layered, she sounds somewhere between male and female in tone (which is later hinted at in the song's lyrics). This approach is haunting and eerie, and works very well for the atmosphere of the album.
On "Neverland", things seem to cool down a bit - the beat is steady and pummelling, but overall simplistic. Karin's vocals are more normal this time around, but still fierce. Overall it's a great song, but seems to take things back a bit...which is a perfect set up for "The Captain". So far, the album has been dark and experimental, but still pretty catchy and danceable. But "The Captain" takes a different approach.Read more ›
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I love everything by The Knife, and this album is no exception.Published 4 months ago by saturday mourning
More subtle and atmospheric than earlier stuff, Suzanne sun for track 9 etherealPublished 10 months ago by Jillybeing mcg
My favorite song is 'Captain', I listen to it multiple times in a row. The title track is also fantastic along with 'Neverland'. Frankly though I love the whole album.Published 12 months ago by Anissa Bower
Every now and then, a CD comes along and it makes me ask myself, "what the hell was I thinking when I ordered this"? This is perhaps the best example of that. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Todd DeFuedis
Merchandise was as expected and arrived quickly. Would purchase from this seller again. As for the Knife, they're awesome, and I recommend listening to them. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Mike
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