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Format: CD
Label: ASTRALWERKS
Catalog: 71665
Rel. Date: 07/27/2004
UPC: 724357166522

Riot On An Empty Street
Artist: Kings Of Convenience
Format: CD
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''Riot on an Empty Street'' is the second album from Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience. It features two song collaborations with Canadian musician Feist. It peaked at #2 in Norway and #49 in the UK. - Wikipedia

Erlend Oye is one busy Norwegian. In 2001 the singer/songwriter/DJ and his partner in Kings of Convenience, Eirek Glambek Boe, clumsily tried to kick off a new acoustic movement with their debut, Quiet Is the New Loud. Though hardly revolutionary or inspiring, the duo's gentle pleading attracted a modest audience, providing Oye a launching pad for a busy solo career-he even turned up on K7's dance-oriented DJKicks series. Now he's back with Boe, and they now funnel their formerly misplaced ambition directly into the songs. Riot on an Empty Street is a minor triumph, with slow-burning, subtle pop melodies and easy-to-swallow folk serenades. The duo use the piano to fantastic effect on the album's lead single, "Misread," a breezy, lovely tune that could come from the Burt Bacharach catalog. They lay the keys on even thicker in "Sorry or Please," a more complex track with harmonies, strings and a jazzy undercurrent. The two old friends branch out from there, taking a bold stab at rhythmic pop on "I'd Rather Dance With You," an irresistible shuffle that recalls the underappreciated American band Papas Fritas. And though Oye and Boe's straight guitar and vocal duets do wind up veering perilously close to early Simon and Garfunkel, there are two exceptions: "Know How" and "The Build Up," both of which feature the show-stealing, up-and-coming female singer Leslie Feist. She's the bonus on an album that would've been quite good without her, and is highly recommended with her.

"Erlend Oye is one busy Norwegian. In 2001 the singer/songwriter/DJ and his partner in Kings of Convenience, Eirek Glambek Boe, clumsily tried to kick off a new acoustic movement with their debut, Quiet Is the New Loud. Though hardly revolutionary or inspiring, the duo's gentle pleading attracted a modest audience, providing Oye a launching pad for a busy solo career-he even turned up on K7's dance-oriented DJKicks series. Now he's back with Boe, and they now funnel their formerly misplaced ambition directly into the songs. Riot on an Empty Street is a minor triumph, with slow-burning, subtle pop melodies and easy-to-swallow folk serenades. The duo use the piano to fantastic effect on the album's lead single, ""Misread,"" a breezy, lovely tune that could come from the Burt Bacharach catalog. They lay the keys on even thicker in ""Sorry or Please,"" a more complex track with harmonies, strings and a jazzy undercurrent. The two old friends branch out from there, taking a bold stab at rhythmic pop on ""I'd Rather Dance With You,"" an irresistible shuffle that recalls the underappreciated American band Papas Fritas. And though Oye and Boe's straight guitar and vocal duets do wind up veering perilously close to early Simon and Garfunkel, there are two exceptions: ""Know How"" and ""The Build Up,"" both of which feature the show-stealing, up-and-coming female singer Leslie Feist. She's the bonus on an album that would've been quite good without her, and is highly recommended with her.

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