Monday, December 22, 2008

Semi-Classic Album of the Week #9: The Knife - "Silent Shout"

The Knife - Silent Shout (2002)

I've loved electronic music for some time now, organic music that incorporates standard instruments in unconventional ways or makes gentle noise sound more musical than most music. But before Silent Shout I never really got into really cold, bleeps-and-bloops electronica. And this is a very cold record - cries for help resonating from ear to ear in crystal-clear sonority.

I still consider this album a musical hug, distant and tortured though it may be. It's just so densely-layered, ingenious and alive that you have to accept its "why'd you kick me?" puppy attitude. The Knife took a sudden turn from sunny electropop to make this record, which sounds all the more jarring and essential by contrast.

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