Declaration Of Dependence

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  • Summary: The third album for the Norwegian rock duo is its first since 2004's "Riot On An Empty Street."
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  1. 82
    It's just a series of strangely gorgeous, breezy tunes from two awkward Norwegians who continue to remind us that love can be confusing, joy dark and pain very beautiful. [Fall 2009, p.98]
  2. For the length of the album, at least, Kings Of Convenience do a standup job of convincing the listener that loud is long forgotten, and in these violent, uncertain times, quiet is king.
  3. Adding drums might have spoiled the introspective and feather-light feel of the record. Anyone who's been on their bandwagon all along will be glad of that, as they'll rejoice that Declaration of Dependence turns out to be another autumnal treasure from the Kings.
  4. 60
    At best, Oye and Boe capture loniness in a saue way and both are wonderfully fluid guitarists. But they can also be overly precious. [Nov 2009, p.92]
  5. At least these songs have an attractive, breezy lightness, unlike the second half of the album, which sounds maudlin and burdened by the desire to express something profound.
  6. It’s refined, poised, sweater-and-scarf music to settle down with in advance of winter’s messy hysteria.
  7. Erland Oye and Eirik Boe's voices cannon off each other appealingly enough on 'Boat Behind,' but the album drifts in the manner of nick Drake out-takes and by the time you've waded through 13 dawdling tracks, it's a struggle to recall any of them. [Nov 2009, p.109]

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  1. Jan 17, 2013
    8
    On Kings Of Conveniences' "Declaration Of Dependence", they create simple, pretty pop pleasures that really struck a chord with me upon firstOn Kings Of Conveniences' "Declaration Of Dependence", they create simple, pretty pop pleasures that really struck a chord with me upon first listen. Each track is really soothing and perfect background music to a relaxing moment. All In All, Declaration is a great, beautiful at times album that really tugs at your heartstrings. Expand