Heartbeats

Heartbeats

Infobox Single
Name = Heartbeats


Artist = The Knife
from Album = Deep Cuts
B-side =
Released = 27 December 2002 (First release)
4 October 2004 (Re-release)
Format = CD
Recorded =
Genre = Electropop
Length =
Label = Border (First release)
V2 Records (Re-release)
Writer =
Producer =
Certification =
Chart position =
Last single = "Nedsvärtning"
(2002)
This single = "Heartbeats"
(2002)
Next single = "You Take My Breath Away"
(2003)

"Heartbeats" is the first single from The Knife's 2003 album "Deep Cuts", released on 27 December 2002. Upon the success of an acoustic cover version by José González, it was re-released 4 October 2004.

Cover versions

The song was covered by José González on his album "Veneer" and released as its first single in 2006, peaking at #9 on the UK singles chart. This version of the song was used in a Sony Bravia advertisement.

The song was covered by Belgian girls choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers on their 2006 release "It All Leads to This".

Critical reception

The critical reception to the song was generally favourable. MusicOMH.com said that the song's "emotive lyrics merge with forward thinking production to create one of the most exciting electronica releases of the year", and Contactmusic.com stated the song had "clever synth beats and Bjorkesque vocals" with the ability to "instil some fun and nostalgia into music."cite web| last =Kutchinsky | first =Serena| title =The Knife - Heartbeats (Rabid) | publisher = musicOMH.com| url =http://www.musicomh.com/singles/knife.htm| accessdate = 2008-09-15| date=] cite web| last =Tomlinson | first =Katherine| title =The Knife - Heartbeats - Single Review | publisher = Contactmusic.com| url =http://www.contactmusic.com/new/home.nsf/webpages/theknifex25x08x04| accessdate = 2008-09-15| date=] Gigwise.com said that the song was "perhaps one of the most hypnotic and haunting electronic songs of recent times, [...] innately infectious from the outset." [cite web| last =| first =| title =The Knife - Heartbeats (Live) | publisher = Gigwise.com| url =http://www.gigwise.com/contents.asp?contentid=32949| accessdate = 2008-09-15| date=2007-06-13] Several reviews commented that the song had an 1980s feel.The remix by Rex the Dog was described by musicOMH.com as "a masterful reworking that fits it up nicely for the dancefloor".

Formats and track listing

;UK CD single
# "Heartbeats (Original)" – 3:53
# "Heartbeats (Rex the Dog Remix)" – 6:12
# "Heartbeats (The Knife Techno Remix)" – 2:47
# "Afraid of You" – 3:48

;UK 12"
# "Heartbeats (Original)" – 3:53
# "Heartbeats (Style of Eye Remix)" –
# "Heartbeats (Rex the Dog Remix)" – 6:12
# "Heartbeats (The Knife Techno Remix)" – 2:47

Personnel

*Christoffer Berg – mixing
*Rex the Dog – re-mixing, producer
*Linus Eklow – re-mixing

Chart positions

References


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