The Knife
The Knife


2.5
average

Review

by MassiveAttack USER (91 Reviews)
May 19th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Knife's debut to put it simply is ordinary. The lack of variance with Karin Dreijer's voice holds back her brother's production with most of this average debut.

I’m not sure what it is with artists in Electronic music that try to create “alter-egos”. They really don’t contribute to their music, except maybe their fans that mimic them during Halloween. The French duo, Daft Punk is the first to successfully accomplish this at an international level. Now I’m not talking about other identities for artists, I’m speaking of strict robot-like suite concerts as part of their live performances. This type of dedication to hold their image within their music is something that needs to be taken account for every time you listen to them. The Knife comes from Sweden and although they do hide their faces from the public, it isn’t for their fans. They despise the media and wear masks everywhere they go in the public. They loathe the media and in some cases the mainstream machine of music it pushes. Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer have also decided to withhold any future live concerts and are currently on hiatus. In response to their Grammi win in 2003 for best pop group they boycotted it by sending another artist group dressed as gorillas with the number 50 written on their costumes in protest of male dominance in the music industry. So my question is why do they hate the music industry so much that they would not let their fans see any of their live shows" Couldn’t you setup any venue if you’re at such a high demand in Europe" You would think so, but apparently The Knife are fed up with most of the music industry and thus are hiatus as stated before.

The Knife’s self-titled debut is quite ordinary to say the least. The highlight of the entire album is probably Karin Dreijer’s voice. Dreijer’s demeanor throughout her musical journey or lack thereof is the fact she really doesn’t change her style much. It’s always playful and somewhat teasing. “Kino” sounds like a Japanese techno dance theme with English vocals, which is where Karin’s use is exceptional, but there are more problems that can’t be helped at this point. Take for example Olof Dreijer’s production methods. They’re generally good and do show some variety, but not enough to hold us interested because of the slow progressions within each track. Some of the electronic beats hold well with Olof’s sister’s yelps, specifically “I Just Had To Die”, but those moments are a little too rare.

When we finally get what we want, something up-tempo, something exciting, and extremely catchy we do in the form of “I Take Time”. It offers industrial-like textured background with an electronic smoothness around. What is really evident is Karin’s use of her vocals in the right spots during this track, allowing Olof to muster what he can – adding different waves of electronic when he needs to with the ever-thumping method of the bass and drums in succession. The Knife’s problems really stem from Karin’s use of vocals. Although I stated that is the main highlight within the album her always constant method of playfulness is really irritating throughout the album. Not only does she obviously hold back her brother’s attempts to bring a livelier experience within the music, it holds the album back most of the time. So The Knife is obviously a duo trying to find their sound, although there are strong areas they can rely on, some of those areas are can bite them back easily without a good balance, something that isn’t taken in account on their debut.



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MassiveAttack
May 19th 2009


2754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This could be a 3, I could make a case for that, but it really is ordinary. The vocals are generally good, but it really holds back the musicianship as a whole. Its just to damn simple and the music doesn't evolve or progress with most of this album. Their next album 'Deep Cuts' was much better.

ECRbubs
May 19th 2009


687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album but I agree that it is a bit repetitive. "Kino" "Parade" "Neon" and "Reindeer" are my favorites.



Deep Cuts is way better than this and Silent Shout is waay waaay better than Deep Cuts.

MassiveAttack
May 19th 2009


2754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea I know it just feels quite boring. I mean there are glimpses of good stuff even where tracks don't work, but it just isn't enough to keep me interested.

sgrevs
May 19th 2009


698 Comments


I was gonna check this out because a friend of mine really loves it but it doesn't really seem worth it when I already have Deep Cuts and Silent Shout.

Kiran
Emeritus
May 20th 2009


6027 Comments


Silent Shout destroys this.

cbmartinez
May 20th 2009


2525 Comments


yeah just downloaded this, most non-Silent Shout stuff I've heard is pretty hit or miss (Hanna med H, Deep Cuts), this seems kind of the same from what I've heard.

WashboardSuds
December 14th 2010


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love The Knife, this album isn't their best, but it is a small gem in their discography.

My favorites are Neon, Lasagna, I Take Time, and Parade.

I recommend Silent Shout over this by far, still

NationalMidnightStar
December 8th 2012


176 Comments


so fucking cute.
reindeer reindeer reindeer

WashboardSuds
December 9th 2012


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this time of year is Knife season for me. time to spin this again.

Collis
October 28th 2013


562 Comments


the first tune is awesome

jtswope
April 9th 2014


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some really good songs on here. Lasagna's pretty awesome.

TheBarber
July 5th 2014


3711 Comments


opener is p-nice

Gyromania
March 2nd 2017


25510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Giving this a chance atm

Gyromania
March 2nd 2017


25510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lasagne is so good damn

FullOfSounds
March 11th 2017


15764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is cute

FullOfSounds
March 12th 2017


15764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just some good amateur Knife pop tunes

Gyromania
March 12th 2017


25510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nothing amateur about it imo

FullOfSounds
March 12th 2017


15764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy 4.5 :0

Nah I think most of these tracks are good but they haven't found their songwriting stride yet

Gyromania
March 12th 2017


25510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it's probably their weakest album but I'm on a huge knife kick lately. There are so many stellar tracks here. The first 3 in particular are catchy as hell



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