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coming out today 7/17...editors...the knife...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 17, 2007 12:50am | Post a Comment
Out today is the new album from the Editors. It was nice of them to wait until the week after the release of the new Interpol. It is easy to compare the two and I could imagine many getting them confused with each other. Just like when people were looking for the new Interpol album after they heard "She Wants Revenge" for the first time. However, I think "She Wants Revenge" were just cashing in on a current trend in music. After all, they were a hip-hop band right before becoming another post-punk rip off band. The Editors seem a bit more sincere and more of a real band to me. So although the similarities to Interpol are definitely there, the Editors are just about good enough to stand on their own.

"The Back Room," the first album from this Birmingham, England band came out in July of 2005. It was not until almost a year later that the album came out in the U.S. The label decided to make the transition a bit quicker this time. There were only a couple weeks between the U.K. import and the domestic release of the new album "An End Has a Start." I have to admit that I am a big fan of bands putting their entire new album up on their myspace page. I always feel like bands have something to hide when they don't let their fans hear their new album. Fans these days are not like they used to be. I would always just go buy albums before I even heard them. But the internet has made it so much easier to check out the albums before you buy them. And of course, you can listen to the albums at those listening stations in record stores as well.

The Editors have nothing to hide with this new album. The first album sort of blew everyone away. And it is always hard for a new band to top their first album. The Editors have done a pretty good job. They played it smart by creating an album similar enough to the first album so as not to lose any fans. But different enough to still be interesting. "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" is the first single. Although my favorite track comes all the way at the end of the album with "Spiders." It's a slower song but I am really liking it.

Next up is a reissue of one of my favorite albums from last year. "Silent Shout" by The Knife. It's one of those deluxe versions that I freak out about. Usually I think labels should wait at least a good 10 years before reissuing deluxe versions of albums. Unless you are going to put it out the same day as the regular version. Labels often put out a new version of an album by adding one or 2 new songs. But this version is what the word deluxe was really made for.  The Knife signed with Mute last year for their domestic releases. I could not think of a more perfect label for this band. I have a lot of respect for Mute Records, so they really can do no wrong in my eyes. Mute was created in 1978 by one of my heroes Daniel Miller. Their first release was "Warm Leatherette" by The Normal. The Normal was basically Daniel Miller and got the label off to an excellent start. They put out albums by Fad Gadget, NItzer Ebb, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, and Yazoo. So they basically helped define the music that would later define me and many like me.

"Silent Shout" got a bunch of good press last year and ended up on a bunch of "best of the year" lists, including mine. But it really deserved any attention it got. And I think it deserves even more. It really is a brilliant album. The band is from Sweden and had a couple albums before this one that have also been reissued. You got to love a band that wears masks in all their publicity photos and on tour. The album is full of rich and textured electronics. The singer sort of reminds me of the singer of "The Cranes" a bit. Maybe a bit more like a weird swedish child than a weird british child singing. Imagine that blended up with electronics and filtered through a mask. I really played this album over and over after I got it. But I sort of put it to rest for a couple months. After listening to it again tonight, I think I might even like it more than I did before. Every song on here is awesome. I also saw them live at the Mezzanine last year and it was one of the best shows of the year. It loved the album before the show. But the live presentation of the album really changed it for me. The whole show was sort of like a small intimate rave with an amazing light and laser show. And of course, some amazing masks.

This new deluxe edition is pretty amazing. You basically get the entire original album followed by an entire live album. Then you get the DVD of that entire live show. And as I said before, the live show is amazing. So I am sure this DVD will be amazing as well.  Then you get all of their music videos. So as you can see this is not just some Beyonce style reissue with one extra track. It is well worth it. And for what you get it is really super cheap. Here is the details of what you get...

Silent Shout Deluxe:

Disc 1: Silent Shout:

01 Silent Shout
02 Neverland
03 The Captain
04 We Share Our Mothers' Health
05 Na Na Na
06 Marble House
07 Like a Pen
08 From Off to On
09 Forest Families
10 One Hit
11 Still Light

Disc 2: Silent Shout - An Audio Visual Experience:
Recorded Live in Gothenburg, Sweden (April 12, 2006)

01 Pass This On
02 The Captain
03 We Share Our Mothers' Health
04 You Make Me Like Charity
05 Marble House
06 Forest Families
07 Kino
08 Heartbeats
09 Silent Shout
10 From Off to On

DVD: Silent Shout - An Audio Visual Experience:
Recorded Live in Gothenburg, Sweden (April 12, 2006)

01 Pass This On
02 The Captain
03 We Share Our Mothers' Health
04 You Make Me Like Charity
05 Marble House
06 Forest Families
07 Kino
08 Heartbeats
09 Silent Shout
10 From Off to On

Videos:

01 N.Y. Hotel
02 Heartbeats
03 You Take My Breath Away (I)
04 Pass This On
05 Handy Man
06 You Take My Breath Away (II)
07 Silent Shout
08 Marble House (I)
09 We Share Our Mothers' Health
10 Like a Pen
11 Marble House (II)
12 When I Found the Knife


here is one of the videos that comes with this deluxe version...


and here is the video for "TVOD" by original Mute artist "The Normal"...




also out today...






"Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever" by The Cribs











"Those the Brokes" by The Magic Numbers

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