Old but good

The Knife — Silent Shout (2006)

Sunday Times - - Review - Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi

The Knife’s first two al­bums — 2001’s The Knife and 2003’s Deep Cuts were solid, but it is their third al­bum, 2006’s Silent Shout, that is their quin­tes­sen­tial record. The Swedish brother-sis­ter duo (Karin Drei­jer and Olof Drei­jer) makes mu­sic which is in­trigu­ing, strange, ex­per­i­men­tal, a lit­tle dark and a lit­tle creepy — and they’re on top form here. Silent Shout has all these in­gre­di­ents, but it’s also very melodic and it’s very much pop mu­sic. You can dance to a lot of the songs, though the lyrics can feel like a punch to the gut be­cause they’re rather dark.

One theme ex­plored of­ten is that of dan­ger­ous men and women’s fear of them (“noth­ing is more fa­tal than an­gry man” from Nev­er­land; “I’ve got mace, pep­per-spray, and some shoes that run faster than a rapist rapes” on Na Na Na; an abusive and misog­y­nis­tic man brag­ging about his be­hav­iour and male priv­i­lege on One Hit). Other top­ics ex­plored in­clude reli­gion, lone­li­ness and death.

Karin’s vo­cals are of­ten dis­torted to ei­ther sound very deep or very high-pitched — both are creepy yet hyp­notic in their own way. One is a dom­i­neer­ing “mas­cu­line” en­ergy while the other is a some­times soft, some­times creepy “fem­i­nine” en­ergy. If Black Mir­ror was a dark, Euro-pop al­bum, Silent Shout would be it. ● L

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