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  • Summary: The first solo album for the Metric singer finds her backed by members of Stars, Metric and Broken Social Scene (together billed as The Soft Skeleton).
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The songs are emotive, and yet have catchy hooks; they are at times unrestrained and at others, calculated.
  2. 80
    Haines has... shown glimpses of a broken and beautiful solo artist just waiting to tell her story. This, my friends, is that breakout album in spades. [Oct 2006, p.122]
  3. A lovely record. [Summer 2006]
  4. etric's clunky riffage and hi-hat beats are replaced by simple piano figures and subtle adornments (strings, feedback, breathing organ) that draw out Haines' most stirring vocal performances to date, and the muted milieu highlights her natural, sensuous whisper, lending a sympathetic thrust to these broken-down anthems for a thirtysomething girl.
  5. She may not excel on her solo album the way she has with Broken Social Scene or Metric, but it's still a rainy-day listen.
  6. Emily Haines' breathy voice lacks range and sometimes character.
  7. 40
    Mostly frustrating... the spare instrumentation and samey melodies wear you down. [Oct 2006, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. MattD.
    Sep 26, 2006
    Spin needs to get a clue. This album is moving the Tori Amos piano sound forward! A nice complement to Metric's rock sound.
  2. Marie
    Jan 7, 2007
    Knifes don't have your back is a beautiful, multilayered album. The sort of material that is very enjoyable at first listen, and simply grabs more and more deeply each time you hear it. Beautiful, insightful lyrics; subtle, hauting musical arrangements, and of course Emily Haines' entrancing voice. This album is a masterpiece, if simply because neither of its component outshines the other, but rather they all come together to lure you in with a sound that stays with you. Expand
  3. Dusty1/2
    Jul 9, 2007
    Excellent, to hear in the night with a pain jaajaja.
  4. MattM
    Sep 27, 2006
    One of the best albums of the year: poignant and beautifully understated, and Haines has never sounded better. Must hear "Our Hell," "Doctor Blind," and especially "The Maid Needs a Maid." Expand
  5. GinaP
    Apr 26, 2007
    This album is good. It has some amazing pieces and incredible lyrics, really make you feel like there's someone out there you can relate too. Only thing I didn't like was the songs had the same style too much. Expand
  6. BrettB
    Sep 28, 2006
    Great album. It's one you have to listen to multiple times before you really get into it. After a while certain songs start haunting you as you proceed with the day and you can't wait to go listen to them. Expand
  7. OnceBitten
    Nov 22, 2006
    Knives Don't Have Your Back is a perfect title. Emily Haines would never stab anyone in the back, all her old acquantences back in Toronto can attest that she's truly progressive, truly cares about the masses, isn't in it for money, fame and power, would never use her gender as a weapon, would never take money from say someone like Michelan Tires, she's incapable of lying, she'd never cheat or screw over other musicians, she always keeps her promises, her word is her bond, you can certainly trust her, she's got your back, she's selfless and she has nice clothes too, wow, she's so perfect. Believe the hype! It's all true!! Expand

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