Like a Pen

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"Like a Pen"
Single by The Knife
from the album Silent Shout
Released October 16, 2006 (UK)
November 28, 2006 (US)
Format CD single, Maxi single, Vinyl, 12-inch single
Genre Tech house, synthpop
Length 6:12 (Album Version)
3:24 (Radio Edit)
Label V2 Records (Europe)
Brille Records (UK)
Mute Records (US)
Writer(s) Karin Dreijer Andersson, Olof Dreijer
The Knife singles chronology
"Marble House"
"Like a Pen"
"We Share Our Mothers' Health"
Music video
"Like a Pen" on YouTube

"Like a Pen" is a song by the Swedish electronic music duo The Knife from their third studio album Silent Shout. It was released as the third single from the album on October 16, 2006 in the United Kingdom and November 28 in the United States.

Critical reception[edit]

Neil Jones of MusicOMH commented that "when it comes down to it, this single thrills you inside, possibly because of, and never despite, its ultra-artistic veneer."[1] By contrast, Alex Lai of said, "those who are not fans of the genre are unlikely to find the mid-pace bleeps and samples appealing" and that Karin Dreijer Andersson's voice is "not best used here."[2]

Track listings[edit]

  • Swedish CD, Maxi single[3]
  1. "Like A Pen (Radio Edit)" - 3:33
  2. "Like A Pen (Album Version)" - 6:15
  3. "Like A Pen (Club Mix)" - 8:18
  4. "Like A Pen (Demo Version)" - 5:28
  5. "Like A Pen (Heartthrob Remix)" -6:29
  6. "Like A Pen (Thomas Schumacher Dub)" - 8:15
  7. "Like A Pen (Heartthrob Dub)" - 5:19
  • UK CD, Maxi single[4]
  1. "Like A Pen (Radio Edit)" - 3:24
  2. "Like A Pen (Extended Club Mix)" -8:18
  3. "Like A Pen (Hearthrob Remix)" - 6:29
  4. "Like A Pen (Hearthrob Dub)" - 5:19
  5. "Like A Pen (Thomas Schumacher Dub)" - 8:15


Chart (2006) Peak
UK Singles Chart[5] 96
U.S. Hot Dance Singles Sales[6] 15


  1. ^ Jones, Neil (2006-10-16). The Knife - Like A Pen (Brille) MusicOMH. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  2. ^ Lai, Alex (2006). The Knife - Like A Pen Single Review Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  3. ^ Knife, The - Like a Pen Swedish Single Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  4. ^ Knife, The - Like a Pen UK Single Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  5. ^ "Chart Log UK : Alex K – Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  6. ^ The Knife - Silent Shout - Billboard Singles Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-18.

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