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Silent Shout
     

Silent Shout

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by The Knife
 

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The remoteness of the Knife (aka Olof and Karin Dreijer) and the chilliness of their music makes it easy to conjure up images of the duo working in a studio that resembles the Fortress of Solitude, playing instruments carved out of ice. But if the vibrant pop of Deep Cuts was like the northern lights, then

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The remoteness of the Knife (aka Olof and Karin Dreijer) and the chilliness of their music makes it easy to conjure up images of the duo working in a studio that resembles the Fortress of Solitude, playing instruments carved out of ice. But if the vibrant pop of Deep Cuts was like the northern lights, then Silent Shout is a sunless, vast expanse of tundra. A much darker, more ambitious set of songs than the Knife's previous work, the album finds the Dreijers stretching their sonics and downplaying the overt poppiness of Deep Cuts and The Knife. But, while Silent Shout isn't as whimsical or immediate as the Knife has been in the past, it's just as inventive, if not more so. Karin Dreijer's vocals are more striking than ever; treated as another instrument in the arrangements, they're layered, pitch-shifted, and tweaked until there's almost nothing left but tones and emotions. Her tweaked whispers on "Silent Shout" add to the song's pulsing, restrained, but very real menace; on "Na Na Na," she sounds like an alien diva. Likewise, Karin's whimsical, detailed lyrics also have a darker cast, offering glimpses of strange people in stranger situations. "From Off to On" deals with voyeurism and TV addicts; on "Like a Pen," Dreijer describes a character's struggle with body issues with disturbing clarity: "Sharpen my body like a pen...something too small for a lens." Many of the album's songs -- especially "Forest Families," "The Captain," and "Still Light" -- have a hushed, eerie intensity, but Silent Shout also sets off flares of emotion against its frosty backdrops. The fantastic single "We Share Our Mother's Health" is sleek yet chaotic, with marauding vocals set against frantic synths and beats that sound like the aural equivalent of blood bouncing on ice. The equally fantastic but completely different-sounding "Marble House" -- which was inspired by the classic French film The Umbrellas of Chebourg -- embodies doomed romance with its gliding melody and brittle castanet rhythms. The Knife eventually shows off its more playful side with the lumbering, cartoonishly macho "One Hit," which gives the album's sinister bent a mischievous twist. Truly unique -- even for a group as different as this one is -- Silent Shout is the Knife's most compelling work yet.

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Billboard - Michael Ayers
"Silent Shout" excels with pulsating electro-rhythms.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Brille
UPC:
0724596932629
catalogNumber:
9326
Rank:
42435

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Silent Shout 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Knife is an Swedish indie electronica band I happened to stumble upon one day while searching through music online. The music samples sounded interesting, and I decided to purchase it for further listening. When I got it in the mail and finally listened to the whole C.D, my breath was completely taken away. Each song is so unique and eerily beautiful. Here are my rates for each song: 1. Silent Shout--While this is not my favorite on the album, it's nice to listen to every once in awhile, maybe if I'm driving in the car. 2. Neverland--This is where the C.D begins! 3. The Captain--Another fabulous song that is more progressive than the others. The intro is simply mesmerising. 4. We Share Our Mother's Health--Possibly the best song on the C.D. It begins very unorganized and random, then progressively builds into this rambunctious and infectious melody. 5. Na Na Na--Very awesome and a little creepy. The lyrics are sort of disturbing. 6. Marble House--A very interesting love duet based on a classic French film. The music is so prominent, yet breezy. 7. Like a Pen--A very moving and upbeat song about a girl's perception on bodily issues. The lyrics are wonderful and the beat is infectious. 8. Forrest Families--I've never listened this song all the way through, but for the most part, I don't really like it. 9. One Hit--The thing I love so much about this song is the amount of playfulness and the twisted lyrics. It's a very demanding song. 10. Still Light--This one's pretty good, but it's more of a song to listen to while your busy doing something else. It's a pretty low-profile song.
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