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The Knife, Stay Out Here


I like the way Karin Dreijer Andersson’s voice changes from female-sounding to male-sounding. I like the way the second voice joins in, like one runner falling into step with another. I like the way this is, really, a commercial dance track, but queer.

The album is a little too diffuse. The latest Chromatics album wanders down a similar path, but retains its shape because, really, it goes in one direction for a while, then resolutely heads off into the wilderness. Shaking the Habitual doesn’t quite keep it together because it has a twenty-minute atmospheric in the middle and then fails to regain a direction.

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