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Riot on an Empty Street ends a long period of inactivity for Kings of Convenience. During their three-year layoff Erlend Øye could be found making solo records and DJing while Eirik Glambek Boe was finishing his psychology degree. Luckily for fans of beautiful vocals and thoughtful indie pop, they decided to get back together. What this band is all about is the sound of Boe and Øye's voices blended together in harmony. Their first album (in both incarnations) erred on the side of consistency. Here the band seems to have learned the all-important lesson of pace and variety. The arrangements are fuller too with pianos, strings, the occasional electric guitar, and lovely guest vocals on two tracks from Broken Social Scene member Leslie Feist. Not to say that they have gone crazy with change. They still stick pretty closely to the acoustic guitars and vocals path, and the tone of the album is autumnal and restrained as before. They have just added more songs like the gently driving "Misread," the lilting waltz "Stay Out of Trouble," and the downright peppy "I'd Rather Dance With You." Øye's side trip into electronica only rears its head on the non-electronic but modern-sounding "Love Is No Big Truth." No matter what the song, though, when their tender, fragile voices harmonize it can be breathtaking. And heartbreaking. The moment in "Surprise Ice" when Eirik is joined by Erland will raise goose bumps. There are many others like that on Riot, and they are what sells the record. If you sort of liked the first record but wished it was more interesting, that it had more punch of both the sonic and emotional variety, then your wishes have come true.
Performance CreditsKings of Convenience Primary Artist
Erlend Øye Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Trumpet,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Low Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Davide Bertolini Bass,Double Bass,Upright Bass
Peter Kates Cymbals,Hi Hat
Tobias Hett Viola
Technical CreditsKings of Convenience Composer,Producer,Artwork,Audio Production
Davide Bertolini Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tobias Hett Arranger
Riot on an Empty Street based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This is a great cd. This band is plain awesome, they are mellow yet upbeat.. something to be happy about. I absoutley adore 'I'd rather dance with you'
Good Cd.. Reminds you of Simon and Garfunkel, but with a slightly more upbeat.. Good cd...Homesick is a favorite song..
this is one of the most relaxing albums that i've heard in a long time. the harmonies are beautiful. best songs are homesick and sorry and please.
Riot on an Empty Street is an album full of raw emotion and intellect. The songs, as well as the voices, are supernaturally beautiful, yet are also accessable. The sentiments are relatable and the lyrics are written so eloquently that the lyricists emotions are apparent and will raise goose bumps. A most poinent line in Homesick illustrates the desire to have somewhere to want to be, rather than drifting aimlessly through space. And so the line goes, "...A song for someone who needs somewhere to long for." The sentiment is captured so wonderfully that one hardly notices their surroundings anymore. Listening to this album is like the entire world is melting away and all that is left is raw feeling. The music goes from deeply introspective in the first half of the album to fun and careless in I'd Rather Dance With You. The album resumes its depth and finishes with The Build Up, which showcases a beautiful female voice along with the two men. All in all, Riot on an Empty Street is an amazing album.