Silent Shout (song)

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"Silent Shout"
The Knife - Silent Shout (song).png
Single by The Knife
from the album Silent Shout
Released 20 February 2006 (2006-02-20)
Format
Genre Tech house[1]
Length 4:53
Label Brille
Songwriter(s) The Knife
Producer(s) The Knife
The Knife singles chronology
"Handy-Man"
(2003)
"Silent Shout"
(2006)
"Marble House"
(2006)
"Handy-Man"
(2003)
"Silent Shout"
(2006)
"Marble House"
(2006)

"Silent Shout" is a song by Swedish electronic music duo The Knife from their third studio album of the same name (2006). The song was released on 20 February 2006 as the album's lead single.

Critical reception[edit]

Paul Woloszyn of musicOMH gave a positive review, describing "Silent Shout" as "brooding, bassy, dance-fuelled electronica" that is "pure evil."[2] Likewise, Sharon Edge of Contactmusic.com opined, "the lush and dreamy production is reminiscent of Bristol's finest, while the electronic beats call godfathers of electro Kraftwerk to mind." Edge went on to praise the song as "an intriguing and promising taster" that contains "a moody dance angle to it in the style of VNV Nation."[3]

Blender placed "Silent Shout" at #92 on its 100 Greatest Songs of 2006.[4] Pitchfork Media placed "Silent Shout" at #2 on The Top 100 Tracks of 2006[5] and at #74 on its Top 500 Songs of the 2000s.[6] In addition, Resident Advisor voted "Silent Shout" at #16 on the Top 30 Tracks of 2006[7] and at #30 on its Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s.[8] Slant Magazine placed "Silent Shout" at #84 on its Best of the Aughts: Singles.[9]

Music video[edit]

Development[edit]

For "Silent Shout", director and long-time collaborator Andreas Nilsson drew on the work of Charles Burns’ graphic novel Black Hole.[10] Karin Dreijer Andersson explained the connection of the video to the song:

"We told Andreas we wanted something very dark and surrealist. When he came up with this idea it was perfect. [...] it has all the elements that we like – it’s very sad, but hard and beautiful at the same time. And it’s cold, but it’s warm."[10]

Synopsis[edit]

In the music video, mutated people reminiscent of Black Hole sing along to the song. Flashing white and orange lights are seen throughout the video. Eventually, a group of mutated people is seen traveling through a forest. A giant man resting on a pillow and blanket nestled against trees continues to sing the song as the group travels by in the background.

Reception[edit]

Gigwise praised the music video as "a brilliant mix of flashing, multi-coloured lights and strange set piece scenes."[11]

Live performances[edit]

The Knife performed "Silent Shout" on their live DVD Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience.[12]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Silent Shout" (Original Version) – 4:02
  2. "Silent Shout" (Williams Acidic Circuits Remix) – 9:47
  3. "Silent Shout" (Troy Pierce Barado en Locombia Mix) – 6:22
A. "Silent Shout" (Williams Acidic Circuits Remix) – 9:46
AA1. "Silent Shout" (Troy Pierce Barado en Locombia Mix) – 6:30
AA2. "Silent Shout" (Original Version) – 4:02
  • US CD maxi single[15]
  1. "Silent Shout" (Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "Silent Shout" (Williams Acidic Circuits Remix) – 9:46
  3. "Silent Shout" (Troy Pierce Barado en Locombia Mix) – 6:30
  4. "Silent Shout" (Shinedoe Remix) – 7:11
  5. "Silent Shout" (Original Version) – 4:53
  6. "Silent Shout" (video) – 5:02
A1. "Silent Shout" (Williams Acidic Circuits Remix) – 9:46
A2. "Silent Shout" (Original Version) – 4:53
B1. "Silent Shout" (Troy Pierce Barado en Locombia Mix) – 6:30
B2. "Silent Shout" (Shinedoe Remix) – 7:11

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 208
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[18] 8
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[19] 25
US Hot Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[20] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Check These Out". Spin. 22 (7): 16. July 2006. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Woloszyn, Paul (2006-02-20). The Knife - Silent Shout (Brille) MusicOMH. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  3. ^ Edge, Sharon (2006). The Knife - Silent Shout Single Review Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  4. ^ (2007-01-08). 100 Greatest Songs of 2006: 100-76 Blender. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  5. ^ (2006-01-18). The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  6. ^ (2010-08-19). The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 100-51 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  7. ^ (2006-12-31). RA Poll: Top 30 tracks of 2006 Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  8. ^ (2010-01-29). RA Poll: Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  9. ^ (2010-01-25). Best of the Aughts: Singles Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  10. ^ a b McLean, Craig (2006). The Knife - Biography theknife.net. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  11. ^ (2006-02-13). The Knife - Silent Shout Gigwise. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  12. ^ Knife, The - Silent Shout - An Audio Visual Experience Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  13. ^ "The Knife - Silent Shout (CD, Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Knife - Silent Shout (Vinyl, 12")". Discogs. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "The Knife – Silent Shout (CD, Maxi-Single, Enhanced)". Discogs. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "The Knife – Silent Shout (Vinyl, 12")". Discogs. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Chart Log UK : Alex K – Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-02-26" UK Dance Chart. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-02-26" UK Indie Chart. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  20. ^ The Knife - Silent Shout - Billboard Singles AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-06-18.