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
    Well 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. Aug 17, 2014
    "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? Expand
  3. May 29, 2013
    This is a brilliant collection of groovy electronic tracks with haunting vocals and some nice ambient numbers too. The Knife don't really sound like anything else I've heard. I love them for that. They're a shining example of how different and creative you can be with synths. Incredibly rich and varied music. I almost find it hard listening to anything else after discovering them, Everything else just seems a bit samey and mediocre/ Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2013
    This album is a classic, experimental but still catchy as hell. It deserved higher score than this. Hightlights are "Silent Shout", "We Share Our Mothers' Health", Marble House",... actually the whole album are highlights. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    This 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

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