"Considering that they're a European electro-pop duo, the Knife are better than they really have any right to be. That's not to say they're that great, though (at least not at this time). Sure, they find strong individual moments like the deliriously catchy single, "Heartbeats," the almost-as-punchy "One For You," and the low-key swirl of "She's Having a Baby," but the album suffers from nearly as many downspots ("Got 2 Let U" or "The Cop," anyone?). It wouldn't be for another couple of years before they managed to fill out an album with more than just a handful of solid tunes.
"Rock Classics" goes from tuneful and intriguing to overlong and finally excruciating; the vocals on "You Make Me Like Charity" are creepy, and not in a good way; "Hangin' Out" is an utterly useless throwaway. Many of the track names reek of bad 80s reminders, and even if this exists in a newer era, the frequently plastic texture makes one think of that superficial decade as well. Since the genre as a whole is defined by individual tracks, it's easy to see why they struggled to craft a long player worthy of acclaim, making the upcoming "Silent Shout" that much more of a miracle. Expect to snatch away the best bits on "Deep Cuts" and circulate them on a mix disc or iPod, but don't count on spinning the whole album more than a few times ever.
Best cuts: "Heartbeats," "One For You," "She's Having a Baby," "Behind the Bushes," "You Take My Breath Away," "Is It Medicine""
Not worth the whole album
Resa | Sugar Land | 06/07/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The Knife are great, I love them. But there are really only 4 good songs on this particular album (Heartbeats, You Take My Breath Away to name two). Quite disappointing. You're better off buying a few of the individual MP3 songs for a buck each. The rest of the songs are just "fillers". Deep Cuts is not as good as a whole as their other albums. So, save a few bucks!"
L. Tereshko | 11/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Knife are awesome. Deep Cuts is an amazing album. Its kind of an acquired taste ... but gets better with every listen! Full of irony - I love what they stand for as a band.
I highly recommend it! "You Make Me Like Charity" became one of my favorite songs.
The only criticism I have are of the remixes at the end ... but I'm not a fan of remixes in general."
S. Dowd | Jackson, WY | 08/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All aroung go techno album. There are about 3 or 4 tracks that are questionable, kind of lude nonsensical ones."