Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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. Given how many of their contemporaries have attempted to xerox a winning sound and got it so far wrong, the fact that the Kings can still turn their hand to such magnificent lost hits as 'Misread', spin out obtuse, imaginative imagery as they do in 'Surprise Ice' and sculpt such tender ruminations as 'Stay Out Of Trouble' is cause for serious celebration.
  3. This new album picks up exactly where the Kings left off, with warm melodies and exquisitely detailed ruminations.
  4. 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.
  5. This still isn’t the kind of music that you’ll hear looped on adverts or behind sporting highlights, but instead simple, affecting songs that use the human heart as an instrument as surely as acoustic guitars.
  6. One of the prettiest albums of the year.
  7. 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.
  8. At this point, we can assume with a fair amount of certainty that they won't be throwing a diverse masterwork our way any time soon, and if the most we can ask for is a consistent run through low-tempo folk, Riot is probably as good as they're going to give us.
  9. Kings of Convenience would do well to assimilate more of Øye's electronic leanings into their original sound, rather than merely mining sad troubadours past for inspiration and leaving these tracks as sparse source material for the obligatory remix album.
  10. 70
    Another bittersweet, finger-picked confection that shows their chemistry is still there. [Jul 2004, p.101]
  11. While there is nary a weak offering, five songs in, Riot threatens to be a rehash. [#7]
  12. Sweet, nostalgic and relishing the strength of words softly spoken. [Aug 2004, p.112]
  13. Shimmers with melancholy beauty. [16 Sep 2004, p.80]
  14. Hushed vocals, strummed guitars, creeping cello, and an all-encompassing sense of politeness are the order of the day. [19 Jun 2004, p.57]
  15. It's just that 44-odd minutes of affecting, tasteful acoustic minstrelry is rather, well, inertia-inducing.
  16. 60
    For those who used to throw parties, but now have dinners, Kings Of Convenience will bring desert and a bottle of expensive red wine. [Oct 2004, p.103]
  17. The majority of the record is solid and enjoyable, but taken in its entirely, Riot is a bit tiring.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. BertL
    Sep 27, 2009
    10
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. AH
    Jun 21, 2007
    10
    The first time i played this record i thought it was just good...But this is the kind of record that has the quality to reveal more of its The first time i played this record i thought it was just good...But this is the kind of record that has the quality to reveal more of its qualities, every time you listen to it. Then you'll discover what a beautiful, rare diamond it is. This is one of the truly great records of recent pophistory. 22 July 2007 Full Review »
  3. Andy
    Aug 16, 2006
    10
    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, 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. Full Review »