‘Shaken-Up Versions’ is a mini album featuring classic tracks by Swedish electronic music duo The Knife. The tracks here are reworked especially for their recent North American tour of 2013’s ‘Shaking the Habitual’ LP. Just as 'rejuvinating' as their live shows, it's sure to be mandatory listening for fans of the band.
5/10 Brian Staff review, 05 December 2014
Not sure what the ultimate point is of completely re-working a whole bunch of your best tracks exclusively for an American tour when they were ABSOLUTELY fine just as they were. It's like they've Harvey Scissorhands'd up a chunk of their own material to make it more um...contemporary... or palatable or...something? WTF?
So not a remix album by other techno-bods per se and not the disaster I'm anticipating either but quite without any purpose beyond making their trans-Atlantic fans probably feel more important than everyone else in the world. Personally, I found 'Shaking The Habitual' (in support of which this tour was) to be a rather astounding musical achievement so this collection comes across as sorta entertaining periodically but also feels like a bit of a crass, forced and dumbed-down effort in the context of the sonic boundaries they've consistently pushed.
It's a more commercially rhythmical, faux-tribal, techno-faced collection, therefore older and newer numbers are given a similar floor-friendly whitewash to ensure the material is consistent in pace and rhythmical dexterity. I'm sure it was great fun to strip such strange and enigmatic songs of much of what it was that made them a bit magical. Good if you want to get your kids into these weird and wonderful Swedes. Of little other use to man, nor beast. If it wasn't for 'Ready To Lose' I may have binned this a few tracks in.
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