Old Friends

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  • Summary: The second album for the Norwegian band formed by Frode Stromstads features guest appearance by Danielson, Ladybug Transistor, and Sufjan Stevens.
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  • Record Label: Sounds Familyre
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Shoegaze
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    An album that uses so much in so little time, Old Friends has everything to offer.
  2. Feb 16, 2011
    70
    Sounding grand and intimate at the same time isn't easy, but on Old Friends, I Was a King make it seem as simple and as pleasurable as walking barefoot through the grass on a warm day.
  3. Feb 16, 2011
    60
    Old Friends' greatest strength-being good at what it does, without the sweat-is also its greatest weakness. Taking 18 months between albums of dreamy pop (not dreampop) doesn't imply a lack of ambition, but there also won't be a designated place for I Was a King in your "feelgood indie rock" playlist, especially when this album magnifies the sleepy, repetitive qualities of the band's last effort.
  4. Under The Radar
    Mar 9, 2011
    60
    The Norwegian band I Was A King wreaks gleeful pop havoc on their third album. [Feb 2011, p.73]
  5. 60
    There is a solid amount of quirkiness to realize and I Was A King surely have a knack for turning out strong songs but maybe next time a 'less equals more' approach would be more fitting.
  6. Feb 16, 2011
    40
    The lyrics mostly follow white-kid reminiscences, and it's best just to slot them in with all the rest of early-90s-mining that goes on on Old Friends, because they're forgettable.