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Quiet Is the New Loud

4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000056MYN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Winning A Battle, Losing The War
2. Toxic Girl
3. Singing Softly To Me
4. I Don't Know What I Can Save You From
5. Failure
6. The Weight Of My Words
7. The Girl From Back Then
8. Leaning Against The Wall
9. Little Kids
10. Summer On The West Hill
11. The Passenger
12. Parallel Lines

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Although Kings Of Convenience are keen to play down any blatantly self-evident similarities to Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel and Belle and Sebastian, the winsome and placidity favouring Norwegian duo of Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe have probably already got the subway buskers of tomorrow queuing up to lend an ear. Student-like in appearance (one of them has got a duffel coat and John Major specs) and unashamed to softly impart such non-rock lyrics as "put the kettle on" and "using The Guardian as a shield to cover my thighs against the rain", the weightless and airy acoustic guitar muse of Quiet Is The New Loud isn't a million miles from Radiohead's "Nice Dream" or Pink Floyd's "If" with a subliminal swish of bossa-nova rhythm. A contentedly purring cello, a plaintive touch of piano and the muffled sound of a trumpet adds necessary sonic depth and the results are as pleasant and civilised as a little light conversation over tea in the drawing room. But what a shame they chose to name themselves after a lavatory. --Kevin Maidment

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Format: Audio CD
I commonly surf Amazon.com to find new bands and new music. After looking at what other albums people who bought Beck's Sea Change, Nick Drake's Pink Moon, and others, I came across Kings of Convenience's Quiet is the New Loud. At first, I dismissed the disc as too folky for my taste and a Simon and Garfunkel wanna be. Fortunately for me, I sat down at a local record store, listened to the entire album, and purchase it fifteen seconds thereafter. Think of Simon and Garfunkel sitting down with Nick Drake over a case of cognac and coming up with this ablum. Rest assured, Kings of Convenience have their own unique sound which blends brilliantly with their subtle, sweeping voices. Along with superior acoustic arrangements, add a cello, some piano riffs, and you have a truly amazing arrangement of melodies. Since I purchased it, I've been listening to this album on repeat and have yet to get even remotely tired of it.
If you don't purchase this album, you're only neglecting yourself and the amazing music that surrounds us everyday.
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Kings of Convenience are two Norwegians named Erlend and Eirik, and "Quiet is the New Loud" is their first album. It is a group of recordings oddly reminiscent of any number of precedents - Simon & Garfunkel are the obvious reference, but so are Belle & Sebastien and Nick Drake - without ever actually sounding like anything else at all. Indeed, one of the strange effects of this nearly ephemeral folk-pop is its evasiveness. Instrumentation, for example, gets absorbed into the total effect; every time I hear "Toxic Girl" I'm surprised to discover it has drums. I remember it being just singing and guitar. In fact, each track has drums, electric guitar, sometimes on up to cellos and orchestration. The effects are hardly obvious.
This goes for the group itself: two Norwegians who sound like Englishmen, accompanying themselves on multi-tracked recordings done largely in Liverpool. Given its recording location, the whole album seems almost a deliberate reversal of The Beatles's "The Ballad of John and Yoko," where Lennon and McCartney produced the whole band's sound by themselves. The album cover - a picture of Erlend and Eirik with a female friend (perhaps Daisy Simons who co-wrote one of the tracks) next to some fjord-side boathouse - even looks like a Beatles-era artifact reprised. (Norwegian Wood, anyone?). The Kings of Convenience seem intent on using the whole panoply of studio effects and instrumentation towards the end of making as quiet an album as possible. The title is not arbitrary, nor even merely descriptive; it is a manifesto. The sentiment isn't new of course; it's fundamental to mid-twentieth century avant-garde aesthetics. "Less is more" was Mises Van der Rohe's motto. But the real success of the Kings' sound is that it doesn't actually come across as minimalist.
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After being bombarded by IDM over the last couple of years, I have found it very refreshing to listen to something organic again. What better album that this to kick the IDM habit for a while. Don't get me wrong. I still love Boards of Canada and Four Tet.
This music really reminds me of being five years old again when I used to ride around in my mom's pinto wagon not having a clue about life. When I only remember music as being something obscure to me. Now that I'm grown and understand more about music, I find myself listening to albums like this and really appreciating life.
The first song on this album called "Winning A Battle, Losing the War," is probably the most beautiful folk song I've heard this year. Holy Simon and Garfunkel. I hope that was the point because it sounds just like them. "The Weight of My Words" is the same way. Every song is exceptional and well worth any amount of money you spend on it.
If you haven't listened to folk in a while, let this album snap you back. I'll bet coffee shops around the world have this album on as I write.
If this album doesn't bring a sense of innocence back into your life, I'll be a monkey's uncle. Buy it. Enjoy it. Smile from time to time. Drink coffee.
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Before you buy this album you must look at the cover. Not often does a records cover tell so much of the story. Two guys, full of love, and reminicent of days they likely did not experience at a great age. Models for a generation of sublime folk being remastered by new groups. The links to Nick Drake and Belle & Sebastian are certainly noteworthy for those looking for a comparison.
Contrary to the beliefs of some I find their lyrics completely refreshing. While not entirely innovative, I believe the reason they are seen to be un-substantial by some is due to their lack of utter depression as with Drake, and a lack of pure craziness as is often the case with Belle and Sab. (is that a requirement to be on Matador?)
The quiet is really becoming the larger presence in music today. The subtle and intricate standing at the forefront give an artist the greatest control of their craft. Overt placements of the small bits lead to greater meaning and satisfaction for both the artist and listener. This is a prominent work for 2001 and a must own for lovers of the genre. Lets applaud those who walk with the envelope as much as those who push it.
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