Silent Shout - The Knife
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  • Summary: This is the third album (and first American release) for the Swedish brother-sister electro-pop duo of Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. This is one of the most rich and accomplished albums of recent times. Essential.
  2. The musical construction is so jaunty that they can't be serious even if they're cutting their alienated fans out of the joke. [Feb/Mar 2007]
  3. While many electronic acts are trying their hand at folkier compositions and attempting to squeeze warmth from the digital realm, The Knife's Silent Shout opts for ice-cold distance. The record suffers nothing for it, instead coming out monolithic and beautiful.
  4. Once you wrap your head around The Knife's strange little world, it's actually a pretty interesting place.
  5. "Silent Shout" excels with pulsating electro-rhythms, even though they don't include drums, bass or even a drum and bass sound.
  6. When they keep things a little more subtle, Silent Shout is outstanding, but in other places it's just sorta there.
  7. A hideous mess of electro noodling and maddeningly obtuse, tuneless vocals. [May 2006, p.126]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 3 out of 55
  1. Jan 23, 2013
    10
    Well people from Q certainly have reason to feel like fools because 7 years later it's quite obvious that Silent Shout is modern masterpieceWell people from Q certainly have reason to feel like fools because 7 years later it's quite obvious that Silent Shout is modern masterpiece and one of very best albums of whole decade. Expand
  2. GerbilD.
    Sep 16, 2007
    10
    Stunning album. Pulsing shimmering beats evoke a glassy Nordic world of shadowy forests and icy sea-scapes; sophisticated, at times Stunning album. Pulsing shimmering beats evoke a glassy Nordic world of shadowy forests and icy sea-scapes; sophisticated, at times heartrendingly beautiful (From Off To On) and at all times breathtaking. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2014
    10
    "A hideous mess of electro noodling..., tuneless vocals."

    Do people from Q have ears, though? It's the best electronic album of last 20
    "A hideous mess of electro noodling..., tuneless vocals."

    Do people from Q have ears, though? It's the best electronic album of last 20 years. What's better than Silent Shout, maybe Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, right Q Mag?
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  4. TylerT
    Aug 15, 2006
    9
    Amazing! Scary, and beautiful! Top 5 best I have heard this year.
  5. c.
    May 28, 2007
    9
    i love the record, but it surprises me who else does. whenever i play it around those who have never heard it they always ask who it is and nod...
  6. Feb 17, 2012
    8
    This album is absolutely fantastic - the etheral darkness of it suits the jagged hookiness of the synths and to be honest, I think the vocalsThis album is absolutely fantastic - the etheral darkness of it suits the jagged hookiness of the synths and to be honest, I think the vocals add to the otherworldlybe more than they do distract! Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Sep 17, 2006
    0
    Just awful.

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