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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Silent Shout

Posted on Thu, Jul 27, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Silent Shout
Label: Rabid
Length: EP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Silent Shout
Even in the occasional fleeting seconds that feign normality on Silent Shout, Swedish brother-sister duo the Knife never wriggles free of a menacing techno stranglehold on their third album. Silent Shout boasts dim Arctics of goth-inspired electronica ' no vocal goes untreated, no entry free of prickly synths or dreary sentiment (e.g., 'Tell me, will I make it home tonight?� on the rubbery beats of 'Neverland�). The infrequent comfortable spots on 2003's Deep Cuts, such as 'You Take My Breath Away� or leadoff 'Heartbeats� (the latter recently covered by José González), didn't filter into Silent Shout. The Knife still rarely allows any vocals beneath pitch-bending to grotesque proportions, aside from the airy harmonies that hover atop 'Marble House�: They're merely cloaked in thickening flange effects and blanketed in some of the record's most temperate colors. After this warmth dissolves, though, it's a gripping, bleak void.

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