A very difficult album to write about. I didn't find this as challenging to listen to as it has been made out to be, although the atonal glitches and blippety-bleeps of earlier tracks can be off-putting. The most important thing to bear in mind is that this is a concept album about evolution. In that context it is a definite success, and the music is forward-thinking and avant-garde in its conception.
'Colouring of Pigeons' is the absolute stand-out; It is a genuinely moving piece of music, with a deeply wounded cello drone ebbing and falling around echoing drum-beats and operatic vocals, and the part where the male vocal comes in (sung by Olof Dreijer?) is profoundly haunting.
I'm slightly bewildered by the exaggerated reaction to this album as being the most challenging piece of music released in some time, when really it is a very considered and beautiful work of art. Pretentious? By nature of course, but it carries itself with conviction and honesty, and as always with any release involving The Knife there is no ego or self-promotion involved, just gloriously original noise created because of a belief in the power of music to open our eyes to the truth that there is more to the world than just ourselves.