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Fork out for the Knife! (See what I did there? Oh yes).
on 31 March 2006
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. If you can take a chance on something and perhaps be a little more aware that music doesn't have to be confined to one instrument, the Knife would be a good place to start. While indie will always be in my little heart, this album is, as Stingray from Neighbours would say, 'spiggin' awesome', and will always have it's fair share of rotations.