Knee Deep

Album Review of Knee Deep by WhoMadeWho.

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Knee Deep

WhoMadeWho

Release Date: Apr 26, 2011
Record label: Kompakt
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance

73 Music Critic Score
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Knee Deep - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

True musical omnivores, Copenhagen's WhoMadeWho have always been far too slippery a beast to be encapsulated by the standard-issue genre tags -- dance-punk; disco-rock -- they're often saddled with. To wit, even before completely overhauling their self-titled 2005 debut into a set of beatless, acoustic psych-folk (Green Versions), they'd already sprinkled a surprising number of gentler, guitar-led tunes among its party-starting electro jams. And 2009's The Plot was a wily, wayward amalgam of strutting glam rock, slo-mo space pop, blistering techno-boogie, and goofy instrumental funk.

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PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

First, the Danish trio Whomadewho overcame unfortunate AC/DC connotations and released two albums of clever indie-disco. Now, they’ve overcome their own reputation as peddlers of fun but ultimately rather throwaway music. Knee Deep establishes Whomadewho as a band that must be taken seriously. Every so often, a band makes an album that takes the relatively modest elements of their sound and makes them into something much greater than the sum of its parts.

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Pitchfork - 67
Based on rating 6.7/10
67

Of all the acts cross-pollinating dance music and rock in the mid-2000s, few were as gleefully fun as Danish trio WhoMadeWho. Named for the AC/DC song, the band showed up in 2004 with "Two Covers for Your Party", a split 12" on which they rendered Mr. Oizo's ear-worming, puppet-moving "Flat Beat" and Benny Benassi's robotically sexual dancefloor staple "Satisfaction" in the style of loose disco-rock.

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