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Knives Dont Have Your Back

Emily and the Soft Skel Haines , Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Our Hell
2. Doctor Blind
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5. The Lottery
6. The Maid Needs A Maid
7. Mostly Waving
8. Reading In Bed
9. Nothing & Nowhere
10. The Last Page
11. Winning

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Four years and four cities later, Metric's Emily Haines is finally (almost) ready to release her debut solo effort. On September 26, Last Gang Records will release Knives Don't Have Your Back, which was written and recorded in Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, and New York over the last four years, and features contributors including Sparklehorse's Scott Minor, Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff, Stars' Evan Cranley, and Metric's Jimmy Shaw. Though it took Haines four years to complete the album, the singer says she'd been plotting this for years. Among those songs are a track that was written while Haines was studying electroacoustics in Montreal, while some were recorded in Toronto in the winter of 2002, shortly after the death of Haines' father. According to the label, the album is intimate and mellow, featuring piano-driven tracks with string and horn arrangements.

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Haines,Emily & The Soft Skeleton ~ Knives Don't Have Your Back

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3.0 out of 5 stars Knives Don't Have Your Attention Sept. 13 2006
Format:Audio CD
Emily Haines of Metric has strayed from her usual indie-rock-pop sounds, and instead has come out with an entirely piano-orientated album. The album itself sounds more like "Police and the Private" (off of Live It Out), than anything else Metric has released. While Haines has come up with some engaging little melodies in this album, it flounders slightly, weighed down by the similarities of each tune.

Apart from this fairly evidend drawback, "Knives Don't Have Your Back" has some points of interest, including "Our Hell," "The Maid Needs a Maid", and "Winning" - oddly which are positioned at the beginning, middle, and end of the album.

Overall, a nice companion to anyone's Metric album collection - Haines demostrates a talent that will most likely become more developed with time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Haines goes in a different direction Oct. 16 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you buy this album expecting to hear everything Metric than you will be disappointed. This is first and foremost a side project with completely different band members. It isn't supposed to be another Metric album or even directly related to that style of music which is why you get a slower and stripped down sound. It's dark, it's simple, it's beautiful. [...]

Standout tracks are the edgy Doctor Blind, introspective Our Hell, melancholy Maid needs a Maid and inspirational Winning. There is alot of piano used throughout and can be a little repetitive at times, but suit the lyrics. All the songs lack the synth and strong guitar riffs of Metric, but that doesn't make it bad. People who like Elliott Smith, Cat Power or Fiona Apple and similar sounding artists will really like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Nov. 18 2006
Format:Audio CD
Emily haines has such a soothing voice, there is something about it that makes you want to close your eyes and rest peacefully. With a gorgeous voice like that, this album is definatly underrated. Now people can actually enjoy and realize emily haines pure and natural talent. while in the background of BSS and Metric worldwide success, Haines still manifest an enjoyable down to earth attitude and you can tell in her collection of well crafted songs here.

As delectable as a delicious midnight snack.

(the album cover and art is very cool, hardcover, just like a little book)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty and sweet Sept. 13 2006
Format:Audio CD
Emily Haines (of Metric) creates a soft touch kind of album. This album would be the soft spoken cousin of Metric, with its light vocals, reminiscing of Cat Powers and Beth Gibbons. My only (small) beef with this CD is that several of the tracks start the same way, with a repetitive piano cord. Otherwise, I find this album very soothing, just what you need when taking a hot bath or drinking a cup of tea.

4 stars out of 5!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Oct. 28 2006
By Efrain
Format:Audio CD
the people who gave this album a poor rating are ignorant critics. Firstly the album is amazing, filled with meloncholy sounds and amazing lyrics. Secondly, they fail to realize that most metric songs are made with emily as the composer with her piano and the band coming in after. If you have liked metric since their underground days, and aren't hipsters, than you will enjoy the album. It's amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mistake On Tracklisting Oct. 27 2011
By Dazed
Format:LP Record
On the back of my "KDHYB" there are only 5 tracks on side A not 6 like the tracklist states. Side A begins with "Our Hell" and ends with "the Lottery" , Side B begins with "the Maid Needs a Maid" and ends with "Winning".

Am I the only one with this small but never the less mistake?

Though "Knives Dont Have Your Back" has to be one the decades most profound and beautiful records.
I am still hoping for a follow-up.
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