Silent Shout (song)

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"Silent Shout"
Single by The Knife
from the album Silent Shout
Released February 20, 2006 (UK)
June 25, 2006 (US)
Format CD single, Maxi single, Vinyl, 12-inch single
Genre Electronica, minimal techno, post-industrial, trance, trip hop
Length 4:53 (album version)
4:02 (radio edit)
Label Brille Records/V2 Records (UK)
Mute Records (US)
Writer(s) Karin Dreijer Andersson, Olof Dreijer
The Knife singles chronology
"Silent Shout"
"Marble House"

"Silent Shout" is the first single and title track from the album Silent Shout by the Swedish electronic duo The Knife. The song was released in 2006.

Critical reception[edit]

Paul Woloszyn of MusicOMH gave a positive review, describing "Silent Shout" as "brooding, bassy, dance-fuelled electronica" that is "pure evil."[1] Likewise, Sharon Edge of 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."[2]

Blender placed "Silent Shout" at #92 on its 100 Greatest Songs of 2006.[3] Pitchfork Media placed "Silent Shout" at #2 on The Top 100 Tracks of 2006[4] and at #74 on its Top 500 Songs of the 2000s.[5] In addition, Resident Advisor voted "Silent Shout" at #16 on the Top 30 Tracks of 2006[6] and at #30 on its Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s.[7] Slant Magazine placed "Silent Shout" at #84 on its Best of the Aughts: Singles.[8]

Music video[edit]


For "Silent Shout", director and long-time collaborator Andreas Nilsson drew on the work of Charles Burns’ graphic novel Black Hole.[9] 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."[9]


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] praised the music video as "a brilliant mix of flashing, multi-coloured lights and strange set piece scenes."[10]

Live performances[edit]

The Knife performed "Silent Shout" on their live DVD Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience.[11]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD, Maxi single[12]
  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 (Album Version)" - 4:53
  • U.S. Vinyl, 12-inch single[13]
  1. "Silent Shout (Williams Acidic Circuits Remix)" - 9:46
  2. "Silent Shout (Album Version)" - 4:53
  3. "Silent Shout (Troy Pierce Barado En Locombia Mix)" - 6:30
  4. "Silent Shout (Shinedoe Remix)" - 7:11


Chart (2006) Peak
UK Singles Chart[14] 208
U.S. Hot Dance Singles Sales[15] 12


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  2. ^ Edge, Sharon (2006). The Knife - Silent Shout Single Review Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  3. ^ (2007-01-08). 100 Greatest Songs of 2006: 100-76 Blender. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  4. ^ (2006-01-18). The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  5. ^ (2010-08-19). The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 100-51 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  6. ^ (2006-12-31). RA Poll: Top 30 tracks of 2006 Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  7. ^ (2010-01-29). RA Poll: Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  8. ^ (2010-01-25). Best of the Aughts: Singles Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  9. ^ a b McLean, Craig (2006). The Knife - Biography Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  10. ^ (2006-02-13). The Knife - Silent Shout Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  11. ^ Knife, The - Silent Shout - An Audio Visual Experience Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  12. ^ Knife, The - Silent Shout UK Single Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  13. ^ Knife, The - Silent Shout U.S. Single Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  14. ^ "Chart Log UK : Alex K – Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  15. ^ The Knife - Silent Shout - Billboard Singles Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-18.