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5.0 out of 5 stars Very accomplished, 27 Feb 2007
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This review is from: Dreams (Audio CD)
Whitest Boy Alive is probably better known for their dynamic singer/songwriter Erland Oye. Having done two albums of Simon & Garfunkel-esque folk with Kings of Convenience, and done a bit of electro-house under his own name with Unrest (plus a riotously enjoyable DJ Kicks mix), Erland Oye is trying a new band on for size.

On first listening to it I must admit it didn't initially appeal to me. But it is a grower, and after a few listens, you realise how accomplished it is. There is no fancy studio effects - it's just lead guitar, bass, drums, voice. And it works very well indeed. The bass drives the rhythm; very reminiscent of the clean, simple sound The Police used to produce. Most indie makes the mistake of going for the `big' sound - which despite its popularity is rarely pulled off successfully. This album is a lesson in the virtues of keeping it simple.

I think for anyone who is a serious indie fan, this album has to be one to get. There are few singer/songwriters as good as Erland Oye around these days, and even fewer who are as independently minded as he is too. Writing as someone who prefers his electronic album Unrest, Dreams is still pretty good, though I'd like to see Erland write some more electronic music at some point in the future. But I'm just happy to see Erland is still doing things his way.

One final thing - if Whitest Boy Alive plays near your home town, you absolutely must see them live. Just watch some of their broadcasts on Youtube. They are an absolute riot. How many indie bands do you know would break into a cover of Snap's "I've got the Power"?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible, 2 May 2008
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The Whitest Boy Alive is Kings Of Convenience singer Erlend ye's solo project (yes, I know there's a band behind him, but still...). And the slightly comedy name doesn't mean he's a white boy doing rap. One might call it Indie Pop or, heaven forbid, slightly "soft" rock. But whatever you would label it as, it's still really rather wonderful. So wonderful that you might question whether we need the Kings Of Convenience after hearing it.

Whether it's the lilting funk of Fireworks, the down and dirty Golden Cage or the staccato vibe of Figures, this is one of those albums that sounds innocuous at times but you soon realise that it's lodged firmly in your brain.

Granted, it's a little too slow tempo-ed as a cohesive whole to really reach out and grab your attention but at it's chilled out best its pretty irresistible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fab, 2 May 2009
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fab fun new wave style ( the cure..etc) indie band...catchy sound, pared down instrumentals, nice voice,....great summer driving sound...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant spikey guitar led danceable tunes!, 1 July 2008
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As mentioned in other reviews this is Erland Oye from Kings of Convenience side project.

Another job excellently well done, but in a different style. This is definitely among the best albums I've picked up all year.

The guitars are spikey, the bass lines are funky, the vocals are Erland's usual slightly downbeat style.

Tracks like Burning and Golden Cage, drive along in a funky well catchy kind of way. It has a dark feel to it. Early 80s indie particularly called to mind.

It is all well recorded, all instruments sparse and well separated but together making a formidable whole.

See them live, it is an ABSOLUTE JOY they are brill. They all look like characters from Napoleon Dynamite and put so much energy in to the performance, you will guaranteed to be moving all night. They are geeks that have gone beyond geekdom to immeasurable coolness!

Their gig at Koko in May this year rates as one of my best ever, surpassing legends such as Portishead, Doves, Coldplay in the live experience.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So simple, so good!, 22 April 2009
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Pedro Nuno Martins "a.k.a. audioPT" (Fig. Foz - Portugal) - See all my reviews
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I bought Dreams and Rules CD's. The best buy I made this year.
When I saw these guys on YouTube, I never thought how good this album is. As an audiophile I am, some recordings are used as "reference" and this is one of them. Excellent caption on voice, drums and guitars. For the "non-audiophiles", is also a must have.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite albums, 9 Jun 2013
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Great album! Less melancholic than Kings of Convenience, but the songs will stick in your head just the same. One of my favourites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 4 May 2011
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All the songs are amazing inflation being my favourite. Everything is perfect except the whole album is not even 50 minutes long which is a shame in my opinion.
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