Deep Cuts

The Knife - Deep Cuts
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Based on 7 reviews
2003 Ratings: #158 / 240
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Based on 115 ratings
2003 Ratings: #62
January 17, 2003 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

If Deep Cuts is a night out on the dancefloor, Silent Shout is the chilling, shadow-filled walk home, making the former the more accessible and lighthearted of the two albums.

76
Pitchfork
Karin and Olof Dreijer have hatched an album that works where so many others fail, proving that fun needn't be spooned with irony.
70
PopMatters

What’s most effective about Deep Cuts is this idea, recurring throughout the Knife’s music, of dislocation and alienation. It’s manifested in the disconnect between the lyrics and the warm, bright instrumentation full of synths and steel drums.

70
DIY
On record it simply sounds effortlessly cool - and nobody can complain about that.
60
Rolling Stone

Deep Cuts (from 2003) shows the Knife can write solid songs when they feel like it ("Heartbeats"), and it packs enough engaging bizarro-pop for curious listeners to stomach junk like the sub-sub-Falco "Handy-Man."

60
The Guardian

At their best - especially the glorious electronic playful pop of You Take My Breath Away - this is the music the Electroclashers dreamed about.

60
Uncut
From polished power ballads to skeletal blues shuffles, this is mostly hypnotic stuff, with a hard-edged cubist beauty that resists easy categorisation.
MarkCooper
75
The charm comes from the amateurism for me. Instead of vast soundscapes with anthemic, warped hooks like what we've come to expect from The Knife, this sounds like a brother and sister making synthpop in their bedroom, focusing more on having fun than creating a cohesive album experience. The result is a diverse, inconsistent, overall blast of an album. It's The Knife at their most youthful.

Favorite Tracks: This is Now, Heartbeats, One for You, You Make Me Like Charity, Girls' Night Out, ... read more
holsgr
69
☆☆☆ ~ Great and respectable work. Even though the whole project doesn't manages the virtuosity and versatility as a majestic album effectively does, the overall feeling was succesfully positive on me.
Lfilipe
85
one of the most honest albums ever made
musicmagpie55
82
My favorite Knife album on a sentimental level. Deep Cuts sounds like a smear. It is stuffed with too many ideas, feels terminally anxious, and starts with one of the most OK Knife songs (I like 'Heartbeats,' it just doesn't give me the Knife shivers I require.)

Somehow, it still works as a cohesive fever dream. The production keeps it focused, even when you have silly interludes like 'Hangin Out.' Ultimately, Deep Cuts is not perfect, but such a wild and different take on pop music, I find ... read more
EntryIncomplete
79
17 tracks of sometimes bright, sometimes dark, but mostly disorienting synth pop. Deep cuts recalls a wild and dangerous girls night out.
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Track List

  1. Heartbeats 
  2. Girls' Night Out
  3. Pass This On
  4. One For You 
  5. The Cop 
  6. Listen Now 
  7. She's Having A Baby 
  8. You Take My Breath Away 
  9. Rock Classics 
  10. Is It Medicine 
  11. You Make Me Like Charity 
  12. Got 2 Let U 
  13. Behind The Bushes
  14. Hangin' Out 
  15. This Is Now 
  16. Handy-Man 
  17. The Bridge 
  18. Pass This On (Dahlback and Dahlback mix) 
  19. Heartbeats (Rex the Dog mix)
  20. You Take My Breath Away (Mylo Mix)
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