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Quiet Is the New Loud
Kings of Convenience
1. Winning a Battle, Losing the War
2. Toxic Girl
3. Singing Softly to Me
4. I Don't Know What I Can Save You From
6. Weight of My Words, The
7. Girl from Back Then, The
8. Leaning Against the Wall
9. Little Kids
10. Summer on the Westhill
11. Passenger, The
12. Parrallel Lines
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 29072
Morten Arnetvedt; Ken Nelson
Kings Of Convenience: Eirik Glambek Boe (vocals, electric & nylon string guitars, piano, drums); Erlend Oye (vocals, electric & steel string guitars, piano, drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Ian Bracken, Matt McGeever (cello); Ben Dumville (trumpet); Tarjei Strom (drums).
Producers: Ken Nelson, Kings Of Convenience.
Recorded at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, England.
Personnel: Erlend Oye (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, piano, drums, percussion); Ian Bracken, Matt McGeever (cello); Ben Dumville (trumpet); Tarjei Strom (drums).
Audio Mixer: Ken Nelson .
Recording information: Liverpool, New England.
Emerging in 2001 on a small wave of hype touting Norway as a new musical hotbed, QUIET IS THE NEW LOUD was startling in its earnestness, even to ears that had been softened by the likes of Belle & Sebastian. Where that Scottish band tempers its twee-ness with clever, winking wordplay, Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe are more akin to a latter-day Simon & Garfunkel or a couple of Nick Drakes who are lucky to have found each other.
Disarmingly sensitive, poetic tracks such as "Parallel Lines" ("What's the immaterial substance that envelops two/That one perceives as hunger and the other as food") are sung by the duo in honeyed harmonies with a pleasantly laid-back delivery. Oye and Boe eschew drums on all but two tracks (upbeat highlights "Toxic Girl" and "Failure"), simply using layered guitars and the occasional string, piano, or trumpet flourish to accent the hushed power of their songs. The overall effect is one of bedroom introspection, well suited to their nostalgic, inward-looking lyrics.
Q (3/01, p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Spry and limpid....there's lashings of charm in the way the songs unfurl, touching upon an array of ethereal womenfolk and ending prettily..."
Alternative Press (5/01, p.82) - 3 out of 5 - "...Though limp-wristed stuff, it's undeniably beautiful..."
Magnet (4-5/01, p.79) - "...There's nothing here that we haven't heard before...but it's been a long time since it's been done this well. Taking their cue from mid-60s bossa nova, KOC reach back for this mix of innocence and romance, making it come alive - and, even better, believable..."
NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #33 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".
NME (Magazine) (1/27/01, p.35) - 8 out of 10 - "...Forges triumph from stolidly primitivist values by pulling the same soft-focus folk tricks that anguished men on stolls have done for the past 40 years, only 'better'....[With] a tangible love [of influences] that's genuinely moving..."
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