December 04, 2006

The Knife – Silent Shout

calender4

If there’s one thing which seems to unite all music blogs, and most music fans, it’s the desire to bash the NME. This makes it particularly grating when they manage to get it right, but never fear, there are always other big selling magazines which are spouting rubbish. The Worst Piece Of Music Journalism Of The Year award this year goes to Q Magazine which reckons Silent Shout by Swedish electro geniuses The Knife is “A hideous mess of electro noodling and maddeningly obtuse, tuneless vocals” worth one star out of five. Now everybody is entitled to their own opinion. However Q likes to play it safe. For all its gushing about Radiohead and Pink Floyd, the most typically Q bands are Keane and Coldplay. Safe. Indie. Definitely not the sound of the entire history of electronic music collapsing into a blackhole.

The Knife

Such a shame for Q really that in fact such a collapse sounds as magnificent and wonderous as it does. You really would have to be a technophobe, and an impatient one at that, to give Silent Shout one star. It suggests you have listened to it once, probably not even all the way through.

For those who want a real assessment here it is – Silent Shout takes all the distinctive, overused, overplayed features of electronic music and reimagines it as something beautiful and human. Yes, human. At heart this sounds like a woman (specifically singer Karin Dreijer Andersson) battling a stream of conflicting emotions against some challenging but rewarding music. And some blatant pop.

It takes guts to release the most tricky track on your album as a single, but The Knife took that leap and sent ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health’ out into the world. It is the perfect encapsulation of them. On first listen it’s a noise, a mess, and a disturbing one at that. Any more than one listen, however, is enough to bring out the thrilling rush of the piece, the melody (yes, there is one) and the feeling that it’s not really that disturbing, more a mad rush.

The rest of the album is more accessible, and quite emotional at times. There is an unexpected pathos in many songs, ‘Marble House’ and ‘Forest Families’ in particular should rip out the heart of any listener.

This isn’t about easy listening. This isn’t about trying to appear cool. This is simply pop music as you forgot it could be, challenging, rewarding and real.

Listen to these tracks. I was going to give you ‘Marble House’ but that song is so amazing, so wonderful, so fantastic that I believe you should bloody pay for the privilege of listening to it. Yes, that good.

MP3s Expired

Buy the album, damn you!


- One comment Not publicly viewable

  1. damien

    When I first started listening to their album, I absolutely hated it.
    But, soon I realized just how infectious it is and I’ve listend to it dozens of time since.

    15 Dec 2006, 01:14


Add a comment

You are not allowed to comment on this entry as it has restricted commenting permissions.

December 2006

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
Nov |  Today  | Jan
            1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Search

Disclaimer

MP3s are available for a limited time and are for sampling purposes only. If you like a band or a song, please buy it at Amazon or elsewhere. Please.

If you’d like your music removed, please email us and we will happily oblige.

Most recent comments

  • Yeah, there's a really nice eclectic mix of styles going on here. Suprised to find out that song was… by on this entry
  • I was watching "So You Think You Can Dance" with my wife and we caught a cool song called "Ramalama … by souris on this entry
  • Hopefully I may see Krug and co as they are playing Glasgow while I'm still there… Already a big f… by on this entry
  • Pleasantly surprised that this came to fruition – lovely formatting too, and the 'start here' idea w… by jack adams on this entry
  • Nice summary – Dragonslayer is indeed immense, I'll be seeing Krug & Co in Sept! May I recommend, if… by holy roar on this entry
Not signed in
Sign in

Powered by BlogBuilder
© MMXIX