Last year’s Shaking The Habitual is The Knife’s first album since their wildly acclaimed breakthrough Silent Shout, and that eight year gap has manifested as a dramatically different sound even though it’s built from all the same elements. This time around, the percussion mostly disappears into a haze of metallic buzzes that sound the way monochromatic tiling looks, which makes a lot more sense once you remember that singer Karin Dreijer Andersson now also has her solo career as Fever Ray to use as a showcase for the most immediately melodic of her Doomsday-oracle vocal bits. This is ultimately to our benefit: if they don’t stick in your head now, they can’t haunt your dreams later.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 30, 2014