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Shaking The Habitual: The Knife's Radical Experiment in Electronic Music
Shaking The Habitual is the fourth and final studio album by the Swedish electronic duo The Knife, released in 2013. It is a sprawling, ambitious, and challenging work that explores themes of gender, politics, identity, and resistance. The album combines elements of synth-pop, industrial, ambient, noise, and experimental music, creating a sonic collage that defies easy categorization.
The album received critical acclaim for its daring and inventive approach to music-making, as well as its provocative and subversive lyrics. Pitchfork gave it a rare 9.0 score and called it "the Swedish duo's most political, ambitious, accomplished album" [^2^]. The album also won several awards, including the Nordic Music Prize and the Swedish Grammis for Album of the Year.
Shaking The Habitual is not an easy listen, but it is a rewarding one for those who are willing to engage with its complex and radical vision. The album challenges the listener to question their own assumptions and habits, and to embrace diversity and difference. As The Knife themselves said, "We want to question what we take for granted and make our habits visible" [^1^].The album also reflects the duo's diverse musical influences, ranging from synth-pop pioneers such as Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk, to industrial and noise artists such as Throbbing Gristle and EinstÃrzende Neubauten, to experimental composers such as Steve Reich and Meredith Monk. [^1^] [^2^] The Knife also collaborated with other artists on the album, such as Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum, who provides vocals on the epic "Stay Out Here", and Planningtorock, who co-wrote and co-produced the track "Full of Fire". [^1^]
Shaking The Habitual is not only a musical statement, but also a political one. The duo have expressed their support for various causes, such as feminism, queer rights, environmentalism, anti-capitalism, and anti-racism. The album's lyrics address topics such as gender violence, social injustice, surveillance, and resistance. [^2^] The duo also created a website for the album, where they posted manifestos, essays, videos, and links to various activist groups and organizations. The album's title comes from a quote by French philosopher Michel Foucault: "The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking." The album received widespread critical acclaim upon its release, with many reviewers praising its boldness, originality, and depth. Pitchfork awarded it a rare 9.0 score and named it Best New Music, calling it "a musical manifesto advocating for a better, fairer, weirder world." [^2^] The album also appeared on several critics' year-end lists, including The Guardian, NME, Rolling Stone, and Spin. [^1^] The album also won several awards, including the Nordic Music Prize and the Swedish Grammis for Album of the Year. [^1^]
However, the album also divided some listeners and critics, who found it too long, challenging, or pretentious. The Guardian gave it a mixed review, stating that "the impact of a track such as Full of Fire ... is dissipated by the fact that it rambles on for nine minutes." [^3^] Some fans also expressed disappointment with the album's departure from the more accessible sound of Silent Shout or Fever Ray. [^2^]
Regardless of the reception, Shaking The Habitual stands as a testament to the Knife's artistic vision and integrity. The album is a rare example of an act that refuses to compromise or conform to expectations, and instead pushes the boundaries of what music can be and do. As Olof Dreijer said in an interview, "We don't want to repeat ourselves. We want to do something that feels relevant for us right now." [^2^] ec8f644aee