The Kings of Convenience release their long-awaited second album, Riot on an Empty Street
, from which the beautiful single "Misread" is taken. This is the first album from the winsome Norwegian duo of Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe since their critically acclaimed debut, Quiet Is the New Loud
, which earned them favourable comparisons with have Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel and Belle and Sebastian.
With Riot on an Empty Street Kings of Convenience
prove yet again that understatement and subtlety can be truly thrilling. When not attempting to replicate the harmonious acoustic shimmer of Simon and Garfunkel on lacklustre tracks such as "Homesick" and "Surprise Ice", Norwegian folksters Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe deliver charming, self-effacing lyrics backed by unhurried and refreshingly simple melodies that embrace and cajole. Stand-out moments include "I'd Rather Dance with You" and the sublime upbeat acoustic strut of "Love Is No Big Truth", which mixes Eirik's infectious banjo hook with artfully mellifluous lyrical observations. Fragile, emotive and as biting as the Nordic wind Riot on an Empty Street
is a demonstration of enduring talent. --Christopher Barrett