The Kniφe* ‎– Shaking The Habitual

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The Knife's sixth and last full-length album (fourth, if not counting Hannah Med H Soundtrack or Tomorrow, In A Year):
The KnifeDeep CutsHannah Med H SoundtrackSilent ShoutTomorrow, In A Year • Shaking The Habitual ›

Shaking The Habitual singles:
Full Of FireA Tooth For An EyeRaging LungWithout You My Life Would Be BoringStay Out Here / Ready To Lose

Versions (15)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BRILLCD117 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(2xCD, Album) Brille Records BRILLCD117 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
RABID048 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(2xCD, Album) Rabid Records RABID048 Sweden 2013 Sell This Version
RABID048 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(2xCD, Album) Rabid Records RABID048 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
PODCD0784X The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(2xCD, Album) Pod PODCD0784X Australia 2013 Sell This Version
BRILLCD117, 9556-2 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(2xCD, Album) Brille Records, Mute BRILLCD117, 9556-2 USA & Canada 2013 Sell This Version
BRILLCD117, COOPR632 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(2xCD, Album + CD, Enh + Ltd) Brille Records, Cooperative Music BRILLCD117, COOPR632 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BRILLP117, RABID048T The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(3x12", Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album) Brille Records, Rabid Records BRILLP117, RABID048T UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BRILLLP117, 9556-1 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(3x12", Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album) Brille Records, Mute BRILLLP117, 9556-1 USA & Canada 2013 Sell This Version
RABID048, RABID048T The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(3xLP, Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album) Rabid Records, Rabid Records RABID048, RABID048T Europe 2013 Sell This Version
9557-2 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(CD, Album) Rabid Records, Mute 9557-2 US 2013 Sell This Version
RABID048X The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(CD, Album) Rabid Records RABID048X Sweden 2013 Sell This Version
PODCD0784 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(CD, Album) Pod PODCD0784 Australia 2013 Sell This Version
BRILLCD117X The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(CD, Album) Brille Records BRILLCD117X UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
RABID048X The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(CD, Album) Rabid Records RABID048X 2013 Sell This Version
HSE-30338 The Kniφe* Shaking The Habitual(2xCD, Album, MiniAlbum) Brille Records, [PIAS] Recordings HSE-30338 Japan 2015 Sell This Version

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abdulsatarid

abdulsatarid

February 18, 2018
edited 7 months ago
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 2xCD, Album, BRILLCD117
One mistake: It's not The Kniφe, it should be The Kniфe.
alyxx

alyxx

June 22, 2017
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 2xCD, Album, BRILLCD117
Sleeve hurts my eyes. Music hurts my ears. There's a message, but I don't get it.
But I question my gender. I question the world. And I question why I paid for this.
nicholas32

nicholas32

March 17, 2017
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 2xCD, Album, BRILLCD117
I actually remember seeing a sampler of this album in a card sleeve (in a Helen and Douglas shop from last year). Didn't manage to buy it so I can't submit it onto the database.
m3nn0

m3nn0

October 25, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 3xLP, Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album, RABID048, RABID048T

Way too much fillers and the descent tunes are too long. Though there are a handful of nice tunes, it's mostly a waste of vinyl. A2 is a repeated drum driven song that never gets interesing and it's 9 minutes long. Plain repeating boring drum sounds. Why?! And who's waiting for side C?! 18 minutes of boring sounds that's been done for over 50 years already in a much much more fashion, and here there's no drama in what you hear, no theme or tension to be found.
Waste of vinyl space! They should've kept it to single disc.
JacquesdeVilliers

JacquesdeVilliers

June 6, 2016
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 3x12", Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album, BRILLLP117, 9556-1
This is one of my favourite albums of recent times, quite possibly of all time, but I can't say I was super impressed with the mastering on this vinyl edition. Despite the detail and busy-ness of the music, everything feels quite narrow and hemmed in to me, where I would have expected a much greater sense of space and wider dynamics. Just doesn't sound like a very good mastering job for the vinyl format (compare it to another 'experimental' electronic album on vinyl like Rival Consoles' Howl and the difference in quality is stark). Was wondering if anyone else has similar feelings? It's not a terrible sounding record by any means, and the packaging is outstanding, but I'm also painfully aware of how much better it *could* sound.
T.J.E

T.J.E

November 24, 2014
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 3x12", Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album, BRILLLP117, 9556-1
Ordered mine from Amazon and they said it was 4 pounds. I know it's 180g, but there's no way this thing alone is that much; then again, it did come in a huge box with the record in their usual packaging inside.
Crijevo

Crijevo

September 28, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 2xCD, Album, BRILLCD117
The Knife now finally reached their "double-edge" - at best, this is a seriously overrated album which has its moments but the "universal acclaim" by the public deserves a large question mark.

While their previous proper studio album (being "Silent Shout") remains a masterpiece in both, idea and concept, "Shaking the Habitual" fails by large at being so predictably unpredictable - I guess, the title "Playing It Safe" would fit it much better. Even more frustrating is the question - what makes this album so special that many before them haven't tried already, and with far more intriguing results?! The Knife seemed to have been unique at one point - and that's what made them the ultimate 21st century band at the time of "Silent Shout", no-one sounded like them and to be honest, at the time I doubt many heard of them before that album (I know I haven't); The Knife were a rather obscure pop-entity already with two albums and a film soundtrack under their wing, prior to "Silent Shout". And then, a deserved hype happened putting The Knife on top of the world map of pop's perverse darlings. Exploiting their sound and image in most enigmatic fashion, "Silent Shout" set pretty high standards - in trying to push this uniqueness further to the limit, most things fell flat on the blade causing painful cuts ever after. This already happened with Fever Ray, which happens to sound like a "summer" version of "Silent Shout", rather than a solo offering by Karin Dreijer - witnessed in her established childishly dark vocal mannerisms filtered through morbid, electronic distortion.

Then happened "Tomorrow, In a Year" - a joint effort with Mt. Simms and PlanningToRock along with various opera singers. Maybe this is where The Knife got most inspiration to do something remotely unusual, being "Shaking The Habitual". Of course, needles to say that this joint release had far more consistency, mainly due to the fact The Knife's obvious edges were obscured by the presence of various other vocalists other than Dreijer alone, that make "Tomorrow, In a Year" a far more genuine listening (additionally pleasant in sounding dangerously close to Meredith Monk's work).

I remember the pompous announcement of "Shaking the Habitual", with the song "Full Of Fire". The song clocked in well over 9 minutes has so much emptiness that it felt instantly disappointing by the duo's sudden lack of ideas - the music is a mess of forced distortion and bored vocals, which makes the perfect equivalent of a spoiled brat desperate for some attention. This can be said for most of the material on this album. Some tiny moments are worth the check but in all, while the habitual may be "shaken" it still sounds more like stirred without proper direction - despite the very duo or their admirers' insisting otherwise.

The overall effect is a mixed bag of what it should have been (a decent album) but chose to become this unbearable, tedious experimental doodling beast instead.

2/5
steevihn

steevihn

September 1, 2014
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 3x12", Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album, BRILLLP117, 9556-1

one of the most creative and substantial electronic records to come out in the past few years. rip the knife.
danceratssds

danceratssds

July 7, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 3x12", Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album, BRILLLP117, 9556-1
The Knife absolutely does not hold anything back with this record! Their beliefs are very outspoken in the lyrics of many of the songs, especially "Full of Fire." Very proud of them making this record the way they did!
danceratssds

danceratssds

July 2, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Shaking The Habitual, 3x12", Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album, BRILLLP117, 9556-1
Mine came with an extra copy of CD Disc 1! I had two CDs of Disc 1 in the first sleeve, but only one CD of Disc 2 in the second? Did this happen to anyone else?