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3.78 | 33 ratings | 3 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Silence Teaches You How to Sing (24:05)
2. Darling Didn't We Kill You? (8:52)
3. Speak Dead Speaker (9:33)
4. Not Saved (10:29)

Total Time 52:59

Releases information

Best of/Compilation, Black Apple Records

Limited reissue of the 2 sold out EP's: Silence Teaches You How to Sing and Silencing the Singing
Re-released by Jester Records in 2003.

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ULVER Teachings in Silence ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

ULVER Teachings in Silence reviews

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Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Teachings in madness

It's hard to find words to describe the status of ULVER. A pack of inspired musicians, never compromising experimentalists, that are beyond any commercial sense regarding music. They keep surprising the listener with every new release. Teachings in silence is a compilation of two pretty weird (!) EPs that went out of print; that is probably the only reason that this cd has been released. Otherwise, there would be no meaning, as it contains the EPs Silence Teaches You How to Sing and Silencing the Singing back-to-back. The first 24 min track is in fact the first EP, and the rest three comprise the second.

The introduction was the easy part; the hard part is to describe the material. The first thing that can be easily observed in this compilation is the lack of structure. Don't expect compositions with a beginning and end. ULVER drag themselves to the edges of experimentalism with this release. A handful of noises counteract with short passages of guitars and keyboards, mainly dancing on electronic music. There are moments that you might feel fed up with meaningless sounds, but short intervals of brilliant composure then interfere and break the silence. Record scratches, bells, psalms, background electro beats and finally some vocals and inspiring piano sessions all mix together to create this insane soundtrack.

The whole atmosphere ranges in slow tempo and background music. This compilation (like other ULVER albums) would make an excellent soundtrack to a mystery movie. The title is quite 'spot-on' as the lessons learned from this record are taught in silent tunes... Despite obvious weaknesses, regarding 'actual' music duration and repetition, the more I listen to this album, the more it grows on me. I believe that this lies within the band's ability to make their sounds interesting even if, at first place, nothing seems impressive.

However, I would not recommend this for a first ULVER experience to people who are not familiar with the band, as it is far from the studio recordings in terms of structure. It is obviously useless for those who have acquired the two EPs, but essential for fans of the band and the electro/experimental scene.

Have you been taught your lesson in silence? Well... this might be a start...

Review by Warthur
4 stars This compilation - originally released as a limited edition, but now available on general release - brings together the Silence Teaches You How to Sing and Silencing the Singing EPs to form what is in effect a complete album of all-original material. Really, this is the best way to experience the material in question, since the two EPs flow together marvellously and both take more or less the same musical direction. Combining creepy, almost symphonic instrumental playing with harsh electronic noise, this is the sort of music which plays over the radio to let you know the ghosts have taken over the set.

Latest members reviews

5 stars As you may know by now, this is a compilation of two of Ulver's at that time most recent EP's. This however, is the definative way to purchase this music, together, as it is linked stylistically and conceptually. Now that I have put that out of the way, I must say that the music on this album ... (read more)

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