Silent Shout

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Silent Shout
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Studio album by
Released17 February 2006 (2006-02-17)
RecordedMarch 2004 – November 2005 in Stockholm
Genre
Length48:36
LabelRabid
ProducerThe Knife
The Knife chronology
Hannah med H Soundtrack
(2003)
Silent Shout
(2006)
Tomorrow, in a Year
(2010)
Singles from Silent Shout
  1. "Silent Shout"
    Released: 20 February 2006
  2. "Marble House"
    Released: 1 March 2006
  3. "We Share Our Mothers' Health"
    Released: May 2006
  4. "Like a Pen"
    Released: 16 October 2006

Silent Shout is the third studio album by Swedish electronic music duo The Knife. It was released on 17 February 2006 by Rabid Records. The album is darker than its predecessor, Deep Cuts (2003).[3] It spawned four singles: "Silent Shout", "Marble House", "We Share Our Mothers' Health" and "Like a Pen".

The album, the music video for the title track and some of the press photos were inspired by the work of German-American animator Oskar Fischinger and the comic book series Black Hole by American cartoonist Charles Burns.[4]

A three-disc deluxe edition of Silent Shout was released in Europe on 2 July 2007 and in the US on 17 July. In addition to the studio album, this package includes the DVD Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience (which contains The Knife's live concert in Gothenburg on 12 April 2006, as part of their Silent Shout tour, and all of the duo's music videos to date), as well as a CD of the concert's audio.

Music[edit]

The album was compared to a movie soundtrack of a thriller shot in the mountains. The collaboration between Olof and Karin Dreijer was described by the French pop culture magazine Magic as Jay Jay Johanson meets Siouxsie.[5] Pitchfork viewed Karin's performance on the album as a "shrill voice (think Björk by way of Ari Up by way of Siouxsie Sioux by way of Mu's Mutsumi Kanamori)".[3] Karin's multi-tracked vocals were frequently pitch-shifted to produce a "creepy result".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[9]
MSN Music (Consumer Guide)A−[10]
The Observer4/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork8.6/10[3]
Resident Advisor3.5/5[12]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[13]
Spin4/5 stars[14]
Uncut4/5 stars[15]

Silent Shout received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 74, based on 22 reviews.[6] Pitchfork named it the best album of 2006[16] and the title track the second best song.[17] The song was also listed at number 74 on the website's list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s,[18] while the album was placed at number 15 on its list of The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.[19] The album placed 15th in The Wire's year-end critics' poll.[20]

Resident Advisor named Silent Shout the second best album of 2006[21] and ninth best album of the 2000s decade.[22] In 2009, the album was included at number five on Clash's Essential 50 list.[23] Silent Shout was placed at number 95 on Slant Magazine's list of the best albums of the 2000s.[24] musicOMH, when compiling its "21 Best Albums of the 2000s", placed the album at number seven. In their "50 Greatest albums of the 2000s" feature, Gigwise placed the album at number seven, calling it "ground-breaking" and stating that "On the first spin it’s baffling, second it’s intriguing, but many listens in and you realize that Karin and Olaf Dreijer have concocted a masterpiece of their genre."[25]

The album was ranked number 83 on Pitchfork's People's List, a readers' poll of the 200 best albums from Pitchfork's first 15 years (1996–2011).[26]

Commercial performance[edit]

As of January 2013, Silent Shout had sold 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[27] In October 2011, it was awarded a gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), which indicated sales in excess of 75,000 copies throughout Europe.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Knife, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Silent Shout"4:53
2."Neverland"3:38
3."The Captain"6:08
4."We Share Our Mothers' Health"4:11
5."Na Na Na"2:27
6."Marble House" (writers: The Knife, Jay-Jay Johanson)5:18
7."Like a Pen"6:13
8."From Off to On"3:58
9."Forest Families"4:08
10."One Hit"4:27
11."Still Light"3:15
Total length:48:36

Deluxe edition[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Silent Shout.[29]

  • The Knife – vocals, mixing, production, programming, recording
  • Christoffer Berg – mixing (tracks 1–7, 9, 11)
  • Pelle Gunnerfeldt – mixing (tracks 8, 10)
  • Jay-Jay Johanson – vocals (track 6)
  • Henrik Jonsson – mastering
  • Johan Toorell – artwork

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Label
Sweden[38] 17 February 2006 Standard Rabid
Germany[39] 17 March 2006 V2
United Kingdom[40] 20 March 2006 Brille
Australia[41] 17 May 2006 Hussle
Sweden[42] 2 July 2006 Deluxe Rabid
United Kingdom[43] Brille
United States[44][45] 17 July 2006 Mute
25 July 2006 Standard

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