Riot On An Empty Street - Kings Of Convenience
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  • Summary: The Norway-based indie-folk duo of Erlend Øye and Erik Glambek Bøe reunite for a third album, following some detours by Øye into more electronic-based music.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
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  1. Riot's tales of lost loves and existential confusion shimmer with precise harmonies, memorably melancholy melodies, and rich but restrained arrangements. [6 Aug 2004, p.80]
  2. If you sort of liked the first record but wished it was more interesting, that it had more punch of both the sonic and emotional variety, then your wishes have come true.
  3. The Kings of Convenience don’t stray too far from their basic formula of guitars, upright bass, twinkling piano, viola, cello and soft percussion in the background. It’s consistent and it works.
  4. Sweet, nostalgic and relishing the strength of words softly spoken. [Aug 2004, p.112]
  5. While there is nary a weak offering, five songs in, Riot threatens to be a rehash. [#7]
  6. Hushed vocals, strummed guitars, creeping cello, and an all-encompassing sense of politeness are the order of the day. [19 Jun 2004, p.57]

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  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. BertL
    Sep 27, 2009
    The albums released by Kings Of Convenience have been some of the most beautiful and mis-understood of this decade. Critics seem to miss the obvious point that they want their music to sound like it sounds, and they inforce their own production restrictions, to keep it to the minimum needed. It's the same with Erlend's other project, The Whitest Boy Alive, ctics seem to thing that their chosen minimalism is some sort of lack of song writing ability or effort, but in their case less is definately more. But it really doesn't matter what the critics say, these albums go out and are played for years by people, as their soothing, haunting melodies are timeless and don't need the usual hype that today's music relies on. They're just great, simple songs. Expand
  2. AshleyG
    Dec 10, 2004
    Just a brilliant album just as good as their Quiet album. Though this one is more upbeat it still completely the sound of Kings of Convenience. I love it! Expand
  3. FrancescoA
    Jul 28, 2004
    Simply wonderful. Romanti, melancolic, hushed and with beautiful melodies. Sad but warm.
  4. Andy
    Aug 16, 2006
    My favirote album of the past five years, no joke. This album doesn't seem to be understood by critics, its the perfect mix of folk, jazz, and shoegaze. The instrumentation is gold. Expand
  5. RC
    Aug 12, 2004
    An excellent follow to a great album. Has not left my car cd since I picked it up. Two soft voices blended in perfection.
  6. AshleyM
    Sep 1, 2004
    I really love this album. It's melancholy and awkward and simply lovely in its simplicity. The only critic being that there's not much in the way of groundbreaking. But sometimes that's perfect. Expand
  7. LawrenceP
    Aug 1, 2004
    Their best so far. Alot of S&G going on, but still good. I still think they should go the electronic route.

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