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A little too cold and polished
on 14 February 2003
Following on from the lovely Kings of Convenience debut and sublime Royksopp album, Erlend Oye finally releases his debut solo album "Unrest".
Firmly planted in the electronica genre you may be expecting more of where he left off on the Royksopp album. Sadly, if you are, you'll be disappointed: "Meldoy AM" this ain't!
"Unrest" is surprisingly poppy, upbeat, too polished and a little cold feeling. Yes, Oye's trademark melancholic voice is still as lovely as ever but seems strangely at odds with the unemotional and souless production.
There's is a definite 80's influence to a number of tracks, which makes the album musically sound like an inferior version of Les Rythmes Digitales's "Darkdancer".
It's not all negative, with tracks like the excellent opener "Ghost Trains" and current single "Sudden Rush" being worthy of Oye's previous works.
However, most of the album, whilst not being awful, just doesn't engage the listener enough. Maybe as a result of his previous excellent outputs, "Unrest" just turns out to be somewhat of a dissapointment.
Here's looking forward to a new KOC or Royksopp album!