Rules - The Whitest Boy Alive
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  • Summary: The second album for the German-based band led by Kings of Convenience's Erlend Oye.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The weird and promising thing is that it works without ever feeling natural. The actual coexistence of the earnest and the smoove stops being so striking after a while, but the best songs on Rules don’t let you forget there is one.
  2. It's more like easy listening with a funk flare, and, like all easy-listening, there are times when it falls decidedly flat.
  3. Rules moves smoothly from one track to the next. Sometimes it does all feel a little too formulaic, a little too rational.
  4. Rules may not be the shape of what’s to come, but there’s also little offence to be found in its unobtrusive ways.
  5. So, his odd decision to make Jamiroquai-like pillow-pop adds yet another string to Oye’s heavily-laden bow, but this is one we’d happily take the wire-cutters to.
  6. Hooks hit their fleshy mark here and there--'Dead End' is a compulsive, '80s-flavoured high and 'High On The Heels'' clipped acid house proves endearingly gauche--but it's cold comfort on a record that fleshes out a promising template to only diminishing returns.
  7. Sadly, the effect is often not strikingly minimalist but blandly beige, at times recalling Jamiroquai's most soulless moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 22, 2012
    The simplistic style is irresistible! These guys do a great job making great music without any complication. Great drumming, great bass lines, great guitar work, and really great keyboard work on this one! Expand
  2. May 1, 2012
    The Whitest Boy Alive is the band that I wish that everybody could appreciate and know , with those two factors , TWBA will have problems in future productions .But ignoring the problem, TWBA's Rules is as compelling as it is a masterpiece . Expand