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The concept of two men lightly strumming acoustic guitars, while singing harmonies over the top of a breezy folk setting is not unique to the Kings of Convenience. In fact, much of the music coming out of America in the mid-1960s boasted a gaggle of groups dedicated to softly singing to a world that was in desperate need of a quiet during the storm. But while folk has seen a resurgence lately ... Read more in Amazon's Kings of Convenience Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00026W82U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Homesick
2. Misread
3. Cayman Islands (Album Version)
4. Stay Out Of Trouble
5. Know-How
6. Sorry Or Please
7. Love Is No Big Truth
8. I'd Rather Dance With You
9. Live Long
10. Surprise Ice
11. Gold In The Air Of Summer
12. The Build Up

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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.

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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

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "simon10955" on 11 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most beautiful albums I have heard in a long time. I've had the pleasure of listening to an advance copy and it's just mind blowing. It takes Quiet Is The New Loud on 50 fold, with Misread, Cayman Islands and I'd Rather Dance With You as standout tracks and Homesick, Sorry or Please and Stay Out of Trouble millimetres behind in terms of loveliness. Their wordplay and acoustic melodies throughout are like nothing you'll hear anywhere else, and it's great to hear Leslie Feist. Homesick sounds JUST like Simon and Garfunkel when you first play it and you almost have to check the box to make sure you haven't slipped one of their albums in by mistake. If you don't buy another album all year, then buy this. Stunning.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By flimflam80 on 24 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
A triumphant return from the Kings here on this their follow up to the outstanding album from the 'new-acoustic movement' in 2001 entitled 'Quiet Is The New Loud'. If you've already got that (and you should have), then this is a treat.
Simply, this is more of the same. Great melodies and some instantly catchy material that is so carefree and floaty that it is now a unique attribute of their music.
The one difference is a more Americana sound emerging on some songs. This is best highlighted by the superb 'Love Is No Big Truth' that has shades of Blur's 'Think Tank', Lambchop's 'Up With People' and a bit of Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev thrown in too. However, it still sounds distinctivly like a Kings tune. In addition, the pace of some tracks are more urgent than on QITNL. 'I'd Rather Dance With You' has hints of Moloko's 'Familiar Feeling' without sounding over-produced. This is probably Erland's influence from his dance excursions in the last couple of years. Personal favourites would have to be 'Homesick', 'Misread', 'Cayman Islands' (truly beautiful) and 'Gold In The Air Of Summer'. All are more traditional Kings tunes really.
So, a welcome return and you don't really realise how good they are until you don't hear from them in a while. Still an under-rated and under-exposed treasure for fans of quality songwriting. Forget Franz Ferdinand, this pair the real girls favs. This is the audio equivalent of getting in touch with your feminine side!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 10 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
The 'New Acoustic Movement'- for those who don't remember- was a failed genre revival by the NME, which is now swept firmly under their crowded rug. Needless to say, most of the acts are probably back in their pre-folk star office jobs, with the exception of breezy songsmiths Turin Brakes and this lot, a kitten-soft, Simon and Garfunkel-esque Norwegian duo. Since their debut, Quiet Is The New Loud, quietly barged its way onto every self-respecting hipster's coffee table, Eirik Glambek (the cool one) and Erlend Oye (the geeky one) have kept themselves busy by organising superb remix albums, making so-so solo albums and opening the doors for Norway's new musical elite, such as mega-selling chillout act Royksopp.
Riot On An Empty Street is QITNL's much-anticipated follow-up proper. It treads the exact same ground as its classic predecessor: hypnotic acoustic guitar lines, fluffy nice-boy vocals and a Twee Factor to rival Belle And Sebastian. The only exception to these three rules is red herring single I'd Rather Dance With You, which comes equipped with drums and a delightfully uncool retro beat. The lack of pace-change may cause sniggers from alt.rock's too-cool-for-school community, but no one can deny how irritatingly listenable these songs are, even if the final three songs all seem rather superfluous. But like the cream of the singer-songwriters and über-quiet neo-folkies, Riot On An Empty Street is far from just mood music. Glambek's gorgeous voice could calm any stressed soul, but some of his tales of lost love are genuinely sad. 44 minutes of gentle, boundary-conforming acoustic music may seem like hell for those with short attention spans, but after multiple plays, your indie-snob doubts will vanish. A truly lovely set of songs which deserves far more than the occasional spin at a dinner party.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug 2004
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Everyone should buy this album because it's just amazing. Then when you have listened to it, buy Fiest's album (the woman who features on ROAES) because thats brilliant as well.
'homesick', 'know how', 'love is no big truth' and 'the build up' are my favourites, but the whole album is great. I found 'live long' and 'stay out of trouble' took a little while to grow on me but that is the only thing i can find to say is wrong about this album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Welsh on 11 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
A friend from Amsterdam played Cayman Islands one of the beautiful songs on this gem of an album 'Riot on an Empty Street'. My partner and I were immediately entranced by the sheer melodic warmth of these two Norwegian guys.
Who would have thought that two strumming guitars and a couple of voices could send you into a blissful state, the occassional backing vocals from a female voice lend 'sheer simplicity'to a couple of tracks.

Simon and Garfunkel do spring to mind but The Kings really are no copy cat band. Their lyrics are intelligent, witty and the molodies addictive. You will be singing every song in your head after a few plays.

My Dutch friend kept saying the word 'Gezelligheid' (pronounced hezellik) on being asked what it meant he struggled and said it is more of a feeling like coziness, warmth the feeling of being inside next to a fire when the snow is falling outside.
This album is more of a feeling - experience it, you will not be dissapointed.
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