Format: 3 x 12"
Style: Electro, Abstract, Drone
Label: Rabid Records
A2 Full of fire
B1 A cherry on top
B2 Without you my life would be boring
B3 Wrap your arms around me
C1 Old dreams waiting to be realized
D1 Raging lung
E1 Stay out here
F1 Fracking fluid injection
F2 Ready to loose
The new record from The Knife is not as easy to love and embrace as their earlier releases. The sound has changed once more and is less melodic and the analogue sounding synths are scarce. The new material is more rythm oriented with alot of tribal and world music influences. The rythms are flavored with distorted sounds, chirps and tweeks. It is only Karins voice that ties this new record to their previous work. Sometime it reminds me of We are the world, but mostly I think of Peter Gabriels movie score Passion from the Scorcese movie The Last Temptation Of Christ.
Some songs like A cherry on top diverts totally from the pop-formula and is more noise, drone oriented. The length of the songs are also longer then ordinary pop-songs and most songs are between 6 - 10 minutes long. The instumental droner Old dreams waiting to be realized is the longest song with it's 19 minutes.
Still there are some really good songs on Shaking the habitual. My personal favorite is Stay out there. I also really like the single A tooth for en eye, Full of fire and Raging lung.