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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 102
  2. Negative: 3 out of 102

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  1. CShelCShore
    Aug 18, 2006
    1
    After the mixed bag that was "Deep Cuts" I expected The Knife might be able to make good on the promise that was "Heartbeats" and make a Goldfrapp style synth pop masterpiece. Obviously, they had something else in mind. I gave this album three listens and just found it awful and dissapointing. I am a little surprised by the positive response both critically and from readers of this site. After the mixed bag that was "Deep Cuts" I expected The Knife might be able to make good on the promise that was "Heartbeats" and make a Goldfrapp style synth pop masterpiece. Obviously, they had something else in mind. I gave this album three listens and just found it awful and dissapointing. I am a little surprised by the positive response both critically and from readers of this site. Makes me almost want to go back and take that fourth listen... if I only didn't suspect I would dislike it the same. Very dissapointing. Collapse
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 17, 2006
    0
    Just awful.
  3. Spookrijder
    May 17, 2007
    1
    This is a mystery to me. I mean, through all those years of listening to music, from pop ditties to improvised music, from jazz to hardcore, from electronic dance stuff to electronic abstract and/or noisy things, I can call myself without being pretentious as an openminded person when it concerns music at least, but this album... I just don't dig it. No matter how much I've This is a mystery to me. I mean, through all those years of listening to music, from pop ditties to improvised music, from jazz to hardcore, from electronic dance stuff to electronic abstract and/or noisy things, I can call myself without being pretentious as an openminded person when it concerns music at least, but this album... I just don't dig it. No matter how much I've tried, till today. Pitchfork Media put it as album of the year 2006, so let's try. I tend to trust them most of the time even if they tend to hype some bands or artists. I mean, the first Bloc Party's album is good, some tracks like the single "Banquet" is even extremely brilliant, but the album as a whole is, well, unbalanced in quality. The same for Franz Ferdinand. Anyway, back to The Knife. I didn't hear anything which could sound anything like brilliant there, the synths are totally old fashioned in the worst way, the melodies are simply so pedestrian a song like "Marble House" could gain some points at the Eurovision song contest, this is why I gave 1 as rating. They has been compared to Dead Can Dance... while I've never been a fan of that band, where is there any comparison? Lisa Gerrard's voice and investment in their songs is without questioning, but this girl Karin Dreijer Andersson don't even reach Agnetha or Frida from Abba while they are already less than average singers, but at least they brought some guts in their songs. Well, if somebody could explain me what I'm missing with The Knife, that somebody is welcome. I don't want to die stupid. Expand
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. A much darker, more ambitious set of songs than the Knife's previous work.
  2. On Silent Shout, The Knife have shaken off their more tangential musical inclinations and produced an intensely cohesive album, a monochrome rainbow that has emerged from the unfocused torrential rainstorm of before.
  3. This is one of the most rich and accomplished albums of recent times. Essential.