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|2.5 average||mx STAFF | February 15th 10|
If this album was comprised solely of 'Colouring of Pigeons', it would potentially vie for album of the year. Unfortunately, there are other songs on the album. Enough said.
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|3.0 good||Waior | February 5th 10|
Some of the most titillating moments you'll never hear because you fell asleep during 'Ebb Tide Explorer'. The Knife's latest is a smorgasbord (or lack thereof) of what the fuck; a pretentious stew compromised of a few spectacular moments, the obviously brilliant 'Colouring of Pigeons' and an overdose of aimless ambience. Were it a little less gratuitous in its ambitious approach, I can't tell you how much happier I'd be with Tomorrow, In a Year. As it stands, however, I'm uncertain where The Knife even intended to go with this marathon of purposelessness.
Still very cool on the occasion though, I must say.
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|5.0 classic||plane EMERITUS | February 5th 17|
To create Tomorrow, in a Year, three separate artists (The Knife, Planningtorock and Mt. Sims) came together to write an opera for the stage based on Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, working separately from the choreographers and creative designers and meeting together to create the final piece. Those outside of Europe can only sneak peeks of the finished production through clips online, but the magnitude of the piece is housed in this monolithic soundtrack. For its hour-plus running length, the opera singers wade through amorphous clatter, threatened by great swells of drones and noises so warped they sound as if they were programmed by animals. It ebbs and flows, methodically building toward a second act steeped in resplendent pop panache of such skill that one is best left to earn its wonders through the album's preceding (and far more challenging) act. The Knife have made a name for themselves by providing great electro-pop tunes that adorn gloom and repressed sexuality with an intoxicating responsibility, and here they take that energy and consider the birth of man as only computers and animals could tell it.
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|0.0 ||chambered89 | July 13th 10|
The unquestionable divisive album of 2010 is also one of the year's best. Many have stated wicked terms such as: the first half is all "setup nonsense" or "bullshit", or "this is the most pretentious thing I have ever heard". While I can understand someone thinking this way, I also believe that these dorks have only drifted by the album a few times and have not let the wonder sink in. This is a Darwin electronic opera perfected, and that is exactly what the Knife intended to do.
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|4.0 excellent||Enotron | February 2nd 10|
My weed is regular. This album is good. Fuck you.
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|5.0 classic||Polyethylene | October 19th 16|
The fragmented, droning dissonance of the first half had me basically twitching in anticipation of a sonic payoff. When it finally came, so did I. What a rollercoaster of an album.
|4.0 excellent||nbmatt | June 6th 12|
I want to explain that the number rating I have given this album is only the average over the two or so years
since I first listened to it. I was already a big fan of Olof and Karin well before this album was released and in
retrospect I feel like my mind wasn't entirely open to the idea of this existing outside of its visual
counterpart. I loved the concept but as soon as I started listening for the first time I couldn't help but feel as
if that visual component was missing in the most hindering of ways... But a year or so later is when I would
prove myself entirely correct. What I had wrong, however, was where these visuals had to come from. This is
an album -- and I *very* rarely make this connection in any significant way -- that benefits greatly from the
consumption of psychedelic hallucinogens. Sure in most people partial to those activities in the first place
they almost always make music "better," but this is one of the rare occasions in my life (so far, at least) that
sitting in a dark room, cuddling up with Lucy, putting on a pair solid headphones and closing my eyes was
accompanied not by frenzied thoughts but by the absurd visual component I felt this album needed most.
Normally this is nothing I would care to mention in a music review and perhaps I am not conveying my
experience in an illuminating enough way, but there is something about imagining one of the most important
breakthroughs in human understanding illustrated before you with only your imagination accompanied by
The Knife's music that I simply cannot seem to recreate any other way.
|3.5 great||TRMshadow | September 27th 10|
Ya' know those warnings before the start of movies or video games that say "may cause seizures" or something like that? Then yeah, that's probably all you need to know.
|1.5 very poor||spacegirl82 | March 30th 10|
Unusual and weird, I'll give it that. But I guess this just doesn't work for me at all. Maybe needs time to grow I don't know
|4.5 superb||SilverGunnarHansen | February 10th 10|
After 2 weeks of initial disappointment giving way to intrepid sonic adventuring . . .
|2.5 average||thebhoy EMERITUS | February 1st 10|
I'm gonna need to really dig into this. Right now from Colouring of Pigeons on this album is fantastic. Unfortunately that's less then half the album. The other half has some nice moments, but otherwise is a big ol' sound collage which lasts for way too long. This rating is definitely subject to change.
|3.0 good||aiioli | January 29th 17|
|4.0 excellent||uhh | October 27th 16|
|3.0 good||Ryus | October 7th 16|
|4.0 excellent||Dav85 | February 1st 15|
|4.0 excellent||hamid95 | October 27th 14|
|3.0 good||vineh | October 17th 14|
|4.0 excellent||ethos | April 28th 14|
|2.5 average||Kadence | November 24th 13|
|4.5 superb||Acorn | November 20th 13|
|4.0 excellent||cuki92 | May 14th 13|
|5.0 classic||ADM20 | April 10th 13|
|1.5 very poor||tnd | February 15th 13|
|5.0 classic||Ethics | January 8th 13|
|4.0 excellent||armykat | January 7th 13|
|2.5 average||newrot | December 18th 12|
|4.5 superb||litovat | October 18th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Cells | July 1st 12|
|2.5 average||Opaque | February 23rd 12|
|2.5 average||Sumire | January 15th 12|
|5.0 classic||hesperus CONTRIBUTOR | October 17th 11|
|3.0 good||mvood | October 6th 11|
|4.0 excellent||zaiyaku | October 2nd 11|
|3.5 great||Matski | September 23rd 11|
|3.5 great||BlueW | August 1st 11|
|4.5 superb||lzizzo | March 28th 11|
|4.5 superb||NHS | December 28th 10|
|3.5 great||Aids | December 22nd 10|
|4.0 excellent||tuttle | December 8th 10|
|5.0 classic||natey | December 8th 10|
|3.0 good||Yotimi | December 5th 10|
|4.5 superb||blabony | December 3rd 10|
|4.5 superb||zveka | August 20th 10|
|2.0 poor||ShyGuy | August 17th 10|
|4.0 excellent||IAJP | August 14th 10|
|4.0 excellent||conradtao EMERITUS | July 13th 10|
|4.5 superb||varul | May 7th 10|
|5.0 classic||bglawe | April 6th 10|
|3.5 great||Donkey | March 25th 10|
|2.0 poor||Rudy K. STAFF | March 22nd 10|
|1.5 very poor||JoRos | March 7th 10|
|2.0 poor||Skyler | February 17th 10|
|2.5 average||Iluvatar EMERITUS | February 15th 10|
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