The Knife wants us to shake the habitual, in every sense: gender, wealth, privilege, and album length. Their third studio album and the first in seven years, Shaking The Habitual
is an uncompromising political and artistic manifesto that most bands don't have the talent - let alone the guts - to pull off. The sincerity is overwhelming. Swedish siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olaf Dreijer have taken their experimental sound, already established and acclaimed in Deep Cuts
(2003) and Silent Shout
(2006) to its logical conclusion: a 98-minute frenzy, an aural assault that, if you can get through it, is sure to shake you to the core.