Average User Score: 8.5Apr 14, 2013I've been a huge fan of The Knife since first seeing the strange, off-beat music video for "We Share Our Mother's Health" and since then I'veI've been a huge fan of The Knife since first seeing the strange, off-beat music video for "We Share Our Mother's Health" and since then I've waited in anticipation for something new. This album has nice, very unique hooks that pay off with patient listening.
Unfortunately, the gems are buried in piles of coal the lengthy bogged down by atmospheric synths and percussion resulting in me deleting one-fourth of the album because I really didn't think it was music at all,, but a collection of textured noise. Great for Halloween, not for an active music listener.
It seems as if the brother-sister duo are using the drawn out electronics to make the band seem edgy and indigestible by the masses for its own sake, like this somehow qualifies them to put the album on a pedestal by anyone that appreciates "good" music. It doesn't work and comes across as pretentious. I give this 6 stars because it shines when it wants to.… Expand