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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EYHE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Still on Fire
2. Just Like the USA
3. Head Is Happy (Heart's Insane)
4. Back Door to Heaven
5. All I Need Is Everything
6. Backwards and Forwards
7. Birth of the True
8. Knife

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 15 July 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Knife is the second album from British band Aztec Camera. Produced by Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits fame) it is a cheery little pop album, filled with sweet tunes and catchy arrangements. The obviously 80s sound also gives it a nice, quaint feel. However don't expect High Land, Hard Rain part 2 here. It takes time to seep into your veins like a mature full bodied wined. Not always palatable but it becomes an acquired taste over time.

The debut was a little gem of a record for sure, "knife" on the other hand is the lesser record but hardly the disaster that many claimed . The record has mostly good songs, but perhaps knopflers tendency to add lots of keyboards to the groups sound makes Frames songs sound a little too chintzy rather than bringing atmosphere to proceedings.

Certainly the indie folk charm of the 1st album has been replaced by more electric guitars and funkier riffs. It is inevitably disappointing when an artist who has debuted with a precocious, distinctive, and fully-formed sound follows up with an album that is sub-par. Whereas High Land, Hard Rain, Aztec Camera's debut, was a breath of exceptionally fresh Scottish air, with Roddy Frame hitting on all cylinders, Knife is by comparison a lethargic, mediocre collection of songs. No where near a breezy and infectious as their previous offering. Perhaps its unfair to make so much comparison to their previous recorded but they set the benchmark high. As with most bands the sophomore record is an attempt to follow up on their debut and keep the momentum. But where as debuts are the result of years of unseen work follow ups are more of a contractual obligation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Clark on 1 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Years later it still sounds like a work of genius. What a shame you morphed into a David Classify-like schmoozer in later life!
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Another classic album from Roddy Frame. I have just started replacing all my old vinyl copies with CDs and this is just as good as I remembered it. From the single "High Land Hard Rain" to the beautiful "Knife" this album is a must.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bcarefulwhatuwish4 on 16 Oct. 2014
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Sophomore Jinx? 20 April 2001
By idshish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought "Knife" on CD back in 1986, listened to it initially, and put it away without much thought. It's not that I did not like the album; I just was not enamored with it. Recently, I dug it out of storage and gave it a fresh listen and have completely changed my mind. Roddy Frame's sophomore effort as front man/songwriter/guitarist/singer of Aztec Camera is truly a wonderful work. Frame's songwriting is more complex than on his debut "High Land, Hard Rain" and the songs benefit greatly from Mark Knopfler's production. The addition of keyboards to fun, upbeat tracks like "Still On Fire," "Just Like The USA," and "All I Need Is Everything" do not detract from Frame's playful guitar work, nor does the trumpet work on "Head Is Happy". The other tracks are on the mellow side but are well written and a pleasure to listen to. Most importantly, this CD is timeless. It does not sound dated in any respect. I am glad I rediscovered this CD think you'll find it a strong effort.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
its time to change the world 16 Feb. 2001
By suzyfrog@pussycats.fsbusiness.co.uk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
there are times in your life when you know that something profound has happened to you, and thats how it was when i first heard this soul wrenching dictionary of emotion.I still get transported to another place by its timeless melodies like i did when a friend had it on as background music 17 years ago. Back then i understood that with its power i could change the world, and now that im older i feel like it has grown with me, and its aspirations have matured like mine.Now i just want to understand the world, these lyrics give me that ability. Buy this album and let its haunting beauty crawl all over you, i swear nothing will ever move you so surely
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Always Sounding Great - Track Listing 4 July 2013
By 1GR8MATEMB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album has always surprised me as it was produced by Mark knopfler (Dire Straits).

1. Still on Fire
2. Just Like the USA
3. Head Is Happy (Heart's Insane)
4. Back Door to Heaven, The
5. All I Need Is Everything
6. Backwards and Forwards
7. Birth of the True, The
8. Knife
9. All I Need Is Everything [7" Edit]
10. Jump
11. All I Need Is Everything - (remix)
12. Jump [Loaded Version]
13. Mattress of Wire [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984] - (live)
14. Walk Out to Winter [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984] - (live)
15. Bugle Sounds Again [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984], The - (live)
16. Backwards and Forwards [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984] - (live)
17. Birth of the True [Live at the Dominion Theatre, 16th October 1984], The - (live)
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Two words: Backwards and Forwards 23 Feb. 2000
By Han Kotterman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The soul of this album comes to life in the song "Backwards and Forwards". The poetic lyrics in combination with the captivating, energetic voice of Roddy Frame makes listening to this track a fascinating experience. This album never loses its appeal, even after playing it for fifteen years.
"Knife" doesn't cut quite as deep as the debut but solid songs and good mastering, plus bonus tracks makes worthwhile. 6 May 2015
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The cliche is that many musicians spent their lives before being discovered writing their first album. They lived the songs, took them apart, examined the, rejected them, hated them, loved them and, like a child, send themout to the world. The second child is often the problem one. All of those expectations are created by how well that first child sounded, acted and performed. Being a second child is no picnic and they face a tougher tme. Such was the case with Aztec Camera's second album "Knife"--the public gave it a tougher time knowing what had cme before but hindsight reveals what's unique, fascinating and often powerful about Roddy Frame's second album of songs.

Frame benefits from producer Mark Knopfler's tasteful use of keyboards on this R&B inflected collection of songs. There are at least a handful of songs here that compare favorably (and take a step away from the pop sheen of their debut) and the remainder are quite good having their own unique charm.

The elephant in the room is the title track which meanders like a lost dog looking for home but never quite finding it. It's here that Knopfler (no stranger to ambitious, long songs) could have come in handy suggesting ideas to make it work as a shorter piece and filling out the rest of the album with either two covers or an interesting collaboration with Knopfler's.

The remaster has plenty of bonus tracks (they could have thrown their acoustic version of Van Halen's "Jump" on the album and it did become a minor hit making Up for the misstep of the title track of the album). The mastering is pretty good here as well.
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