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Silent Shout - An Audioivisual Experience [Box set]

The Knife Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brille
  • ASIN: B000OCZ8I8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Silent Shout
2. Neverland
3. The Captain
4. We Share Our Mothers' Health
5. Na Na Na
6. Marble House
7. Like A Pen
8. From Off To On
9. Forest Families
10. One Hit
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pass This On
2. The Captain
3. We Share Our Mother's Health
4. You Make Me Like Charity
5. Marble House
6. Forest Families
7. Kino
8. Heartbeats
9. Silent Shout
10. From Off To On

Product Description

Product Description

Silent Shout Deluxe + DVD. This deluxe edition includes the Silent Shout album, a DVD containing the "Silent Shout - An Audiovisual Experience" live concert, plus every video they've ever made. Silent Shout was awarded Pitchfork's #1 Album of 2006, and ended 2006 a critical favourite!

BBC Review

Re-released in deluxe 3-disc form on the back of some triumphantly strange gigs (included on DVD and CD here) and vast critical approval, Olof and Karin Dreijer's The Knife are a duo who almost single-handedly prove that it's possible in this day and age to be both weird and wildly commercial. While the rest of the known world seems desperate to retreat into reactionary, guitar-led, pre-digested 'rebellion', these siblings are busy actually doing something new. Even a year after its original release, Silent Shout, while happy to reference everything from Industrial Techno to New Romanticism and even some Tangerine Dream, still sounds like nothing else. This is a good thing.

If one word could possibly sum up this melange of blips, heavily-treated vocals and European sang froid it's 'creepy'. Yes, Silent Shout is somehow deeply disturbing. Partly recorded in various strange locations such as factories and churches, it's often bleakly post-industrial with Karin's vocals pitch-shifted into the male register, giving things an air of palpable menace. Even where you get close to her natural timbre on tracks like 'Like A Pen' or 'Marble House' there's a remoteness that, while cold, remains icily seductive. The Swedish duo's inclusion on various prime-time TV series (Ugly Betty, CSI) proves that frankly, sometimes we all like to be a bit weirded out.

Lazy journalism would lead many to compare this kind of rollicking techno mixed with outré vocals to, say, Goldfrapp. But whereas Alison Goldfrapp's muse is more straightforwardly sexual, The Knife want to take you to a far darker place. For starters no one's even seen their faces, and the bonus live DVD (coupled with an essay on Schoenberg, natch) shows a band who clearly wish to push boundaries. All you indie kids may feel safer within your six-stringed comfort zone. But Silent Shout has ten times more to say. Be afraid! --Chris Jones

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Knife, Sweden's wonderful brother and sister electro group, return with this, their third proper studio album. Despite recent exposure courtesy of a Jose Gonzalez cover version of their song 'Heartbeats' (as well as strangley being championed by Victoria Newton of The Sun), the Knife are still relative unknowns outside of their homeland. For those of you who do know the Knife, however, what a treat is in store for you! Altogether darker than 'Deep Cuts' and their eponymous debut, the multi-layered compositions and voice distortions take on an entirely new level on this album. Although the overall feel is sombre both musically and lyrically ("They said we had a communist in the family, I had to wear a mask" from 'Forest Families'), the Knife still delve into flashes of upbeat electronica, 'We Share Our Mother's Health' sees the Knife return to 'Kino' style territory, an almost-unlistenable mess of beeps that somehow manages to stick together to make a cohesive mess that's challenging and enjoyable. 'Like A Pen' wouldn't be out of place on a dingy indie dancefloor and 'Neverland', features one of the catchiest tunes you'd ever wish to hear. Karin's voice is twisted that way, distorted this way and put through all kinds of treatment, giving every Knife track it's own unique feel (can we say that about the Libertines/Babyshambes/Dirty Pretty Things?) Standout track 'Marble House' reaches the emotional intensity set by 'Heartbeats' from 'Deep Cuts', although a minor niggle is the male vocals on this track - personally he creeps me out a bit, but that's just me. I recently read a review of this album that dismissed it because the reviewer claimed to be a 'guitarophile' and that electro isn't very good. Well. Read more ›
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By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Anyone basing their knowledge of The knife on the fact that recent hit for Jose Gonzalez "Heartbeats" was actually a cover of one of their songs will be gob smacked by "Silent Shout". Excuse me while I get an ice pack for my jaw. I knew they used electronics but nothing had prepared me for the alien textures, insidious alien ambience and ghostly menace of much of "Silent Shout". Not that , that presents a problem for me but if " Heartbeats " led you to expect some diffusely warm pastoral idyll you'll be distinctly un-nerved by the jagged slopes of icy granite and frigid tundra "Silent Shout" leads you to.
Formed by Swedish siblings Olof Dreijer and Karen Dreijer Andersson The Knife have previously released three albums , each an exponential improvement over the last , leading to this , easily the most focused and coherent of their output so far. Melding esoteric contemporary electronic instrumentation with often bizarre vocal styling , particularly those of Andersson ( Whose voice approximates Bjork doing a Kate Bush impression while inhaling helium ) The Knife produce music that presents a challenging listen but nearly always an enjoyable one. That is not easy to achieve. Needless to say they go to far sometimes and occasionally generate something that is not so much challenging as damm near impossible to get the head around. The pitter patter rhythmic nuances of "Like A Pen" drag on to deleterious effect while "From Off To On" is far too nebulous and prosaic.
Happily the majority of the arrangements on "Silent Shout" are melodically bracing while seasoned with that tangible air of the strange yet glamorous. The albums eponymous opening track has spangled keyboards and precision percussion over the hushed vocals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still worth Buying! 23 Aug 2006
By Kerty63
Format:Audio CD
This album isn't as uplifting as Deep Cuts and you will have to listen to it a few times to really get into it. But I am comparing it to the previous album which would take a lot to top. It is still better than a lot of other stuff out there. There are tunes on this album which are fantastic such as, Silent Shout, We Share Our Mothers Health and Like A Pen. It's also the technicallity of this album which will make you apreciate it that much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cuts deep 27 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
This Swedish electropp dup is still pretty low-profile, though the Knife seem to be following in the footsteps of Broadcast -- eerie, atmospheric, pretty pop music. Third album "Silent Shout" returns to the band's root sounds, after the harder techno of their last album, and it's a breath of electronic fresh air.

It opens with the blippy, spacey beats of the title track, which shimmers all over the place over some heavy grounding beats. A chorus of voices murmur, like a choir of robots. It's a great intro, and it's a big contrast to the song that comes after it -- the ominous, stomping techno of "Neverland."

The rest of the album is an attempt to reconcile the two previous sounds the band has had -- hard techno, and airy electropop. After "Neverland," there are a couple straightforward techno songs that sound like a spacier Autechre, including the robotic "Like A Pen" and the schizophrenic space bleeps of "We Share Our Mothers' Health."

But the majority of these songs are softer and stranger. The Knife dips into spacey experimental music, tropical ambience with eerie yowls, shimmery electropop, ominous lullabies, and one song that sounds like a distress call from a spaceship, set to a soft electronic beat. It winds up with the undulating, whispery "Still Light," which is perhaps the creepiest song of all.

In "Silent Shout," the Knife strike a good balance between techno and experimental soundscapes, which was missing from their previous two albums -- both were good, but they had entirely different music. They've learned moderation, using the harder beats in a softer melody, and also creating dreamy soundscapes that may not get people dancing, but might transport them to another planet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the greatest electronic album of all time.
I remember the first time I heard 'we share our mother's health', the lead single from this album; I fell in love instantly. The vocals.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by barney
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
A magnificent album in it's own right. Made even better with the inclusion of the concert, which is simply magnificent. Could be their crowning glory.
Published 8 months ago by D. M. VICTOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever!!!
Great music, plus the concert and videos!!! This deluxe edition was the best option - everything in one place! I recommend this album to anyone.
Published 11 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate edition of a great album
The Knife are an indie/electronic duo from Sweden who make music that is truly unique. Silent Shout is perhaps their greatest album, and was named the best album of 2006 by... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ghost Dog 808
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Shout Deluxe Edition
This record is literally a masterpiece, it is proof of The Knife's endless geniality. This deluxe edition makes it justice by adding a nice package and live content. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2010 by Pedro Anjos
yeah it's a bit dunkel but polished performances and very very intense. Sorry my vocabulary isn't developed enough to like, drop names of other bands. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by JayBe
3.0 out of 5 stars ukhik
One of the greatest sounding records ever designed, seriously. There is an approach, almost entirely contained within electronic music, very dear to my heart, and that is producing... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2008 by 77
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer luck...
having heard one song on KEXP, I was intrigued enough to find out about Knife--and remembered that the vocalist here did 'what else is there? Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2008 by Mark C.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album of 2006
One of my favourite tachno albums ever is the Knife's Silent Shout, is an album I accidently purchased but that is irrelevant, as this is a review. Read more
Published on 18 May 2007 by srxjnj
4.0 out of 5 stars As interesting as it is different.
Having waited for this, their latest album, for quite a while, I could not help but get my hopes up. I wasn't dissapointed, but mildly suprised. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2007 by Adrian Blacksmith
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