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The Whitest Boy Alive Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Asound
  • ASIN: B001SXZ7UG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Keep A Secret (4:07)
2. Intentions (3:39)
3. Courage (4:22)
4. Time Bomb (3:43)
5. Roller Coater Ride (2:41)
6. High On The Heels (3:22)
7. 1517 (3:54)
8. Gravity (3:48)
9. Promise Less Or Do More
10. Dead End (3:20)
11. Island (6:59)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Whiter than white 9 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Norwegian producer Erlend ye could pass as a modern day Arthur Russell. He may not play the violin but he does have the curious distinction of being at once a popular house and electronica artist/DJ and one half of Simon and Garfunkel-esque folk outfit Kings of Convenience. Russell and ye even have a similar singing voice: mild and sometimes melancholy but laconic. ye's latter day group The Whitest Boy Alive are an interesting proposition, marrying a house-tinged 4/4 rhythmic sense with jangly, occasionally angular post-punk. Their first album `Dreams' was filled with scratchy but elegantly executed pop, both skinny art rock and funky house without really being either. There was also a textural orthodox, an insistence on simplicity of form and pop perfectionism - coupled with its blank, geometric cover art and odd moniker - made for a rather hip side project.

The arrival of The Whitest Boy Alive's sophomore album `Rules' suggests of course that this is not a side project at all, and while the cover art implies the brand remains the same, the musical goalposts have shifted slightly sideways. Your reaction to this probably depends on which side of ye's musical personality you identify with more: the house DJ or folk singer. If it's the former you will be pleased, if the latter then perhaps less so. The house aspect of the songwriting has evolved markedly, with glossier, jazzier textures and Chicago-house synths displacing much of the stripped-down stylings from the first album. With some of the rougher-edges smoothed over, results are more mixed: pretty but vacant. The increased mellifluousness makes for a rather chin-strokingly vapid sound that is compounded by some of ye's more banal lyrical concerns.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great chill out pop 2 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Erlend Oyes quirky interesting lyrics on top of chilled out Kings of Convenience goes electronic pop. When you listen to the music, you can almost feel the warm breeze of the beach in Mexico where this album was recorded. This mixed with Erland's great sense for melody and lyrics results in a great record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rules rules ok 16 Nov 2013
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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