Even in the occasional fleeting seconds that feign normality on Silent Shout
, Swedish brother-sister duo the Knife never wriggles free of a menacing techno stranglehold on their third album. Silent Shout
boasts dim Arctics of goth-inspired electronica ' no vocal goes untreated, no entry free of prickly synths or dreary sentiment (e.g., 'Tell me, will I make it home tonight?â?� on the rubbery beats of 'Neverlandâ?�). The infrequent comfortable spots on 2003's Deep Cuts
, such as 'You Take My Breath Awayâ?� or leadoff 'Heartbeatsâ?� (the latter recently covered by JosÃ© GonzÃ¡lez), didn't filter into Silent Shout
. The Knife still rarely allows any vocals beneath pitch-bending to grotesque proportions, aside from the airy harmonies that hover atop 'Marble Houseâ?�: They're merely cloaked in thickening flange effects and blanketed in some of the record's most temperate colors. After this warmth dissolves, though, it's a gripping, bleak void.