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Rules [VINYL]

The Whitest Boy Alive Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (22 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B001MRPBI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly different direction 1 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
The second album from one-time Kings of Convenience frontman Erelend Oye demonstrates a shift away from the polished pop hooks and wistful folkiness of Dreams. However the band's ability to base tracks around a simple and catchy riff or synth line remains despite this album veering more towards the potentially dangerous territory of becoming a 'dance' album and therefore, unless a genuine classic, a short-lived and eventually grating work. Oye clearly felt that to go down the more folky/acoustic path would be to take a step backwards towards his Kings of Convenience days, so in a way, this is a natural, if somewhat brave progression - and to some extent a welcome one. The man is a huge talent, a house producer and DJ (check out his fantastic DJ Kicks compitlation), phenomenal musician and great vocalist - and these all come to the fore on Rules.

Oye's voice and lyrics retain the fragility of which we're accustomed yet a more highly-produced and electronic path has been chosen. This is demonstrated by 'Intentions' - a lilting beat and simple synths provide an almost reggae-like feel, the lyrics perhaps hinting at a desire to move away from the traditional Scandinavian pop sound?! The eagerness to reinforce this new direction by using early house synths, particularly on 'Keep a Secret', 'Courage' and 'Timebomb', lends a dancey feeling, however their repetition hints at a lack of depth,and 'Courage' particularly suffers from a lack of direction, sitting in a limbo between guitar pop and peak-time house.

The more down-tempo tracks 'Rollercoaster Ride', 'Promise Less or Do More' and 'Gravity' provide a welcome respite but first and foremost this is an album that has been made with the intention of getting you up and dancing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album! 24 Feb 2009
By SJC
Format:Audio CD
On the first listening of this album I was initially disappointed. I felt the tunes didn't match up to their first album 'Dreams' for warmth and energy. But it grew on me massively and now I love this album, more so than their first album! I have played it time and time again, without getting tired of it.

I especially love Courage, High on the Heels and Gravity, but I don't think there's a bad track on the album.

I can't wait to see them play live again in April.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rules rules ok 16 Nov 2013
By Mr c
Format:Vinyl
Love this vinyl album and was thrilled with the service, especially as it came all the way from USA thanks marvello!!! Fantastic album as always from erlend oye!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oye for the win! 12 April 2012
By Henry.B
Format:Audio CD
I tuned into this band after having listened to plenty of songs by Kings of Convenience, and I started out with the second album by The Whitest Boy Alive.

I must say that it only goes to show how varied Erlend's musical potential is. The lyrics are simple yet they convey so much truth in a nutshell, that it is hard to ignore them and only pay attention the the funky rhythm.

The songs are all pretty danceable, but they also allow you to relax, unwind and have some "Courage".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical sound 16 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's the sound of the marvelous Kings of Convenience but a bit more funky and solo, of course.
Very typical Erland Oye music...and yes, I love it !
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