Quiet Is the New Loud
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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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If you don't purchase this album, you're only neglecting yourself and the amazing music that surrounds us everyday.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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The only good thing that came out of a 1/2 hearted relationship that I had was hearing this cd. I could listen to it all day. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
You can always judge a CD by its first, second, and last songs. Quiet is the new loud? Well, I heard it loud and clear. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by Stacy Cochrell
Modern Folk is always good...and what's even better is modern folk with those lovable European voices (Belle and Sebastian, Nick Drake, etc) that we all love. Good stuff.Published on Oct. 15 2003
Perfect as a gentle wake-up call in the morning, great companion for a sunny afternoon break, or in the evening as if you're endearing yourself to a lovely serenade (or for moments... Read morePublished on July 17 2003
Quite possibly the most beautiful and subtle music made in recent years. Kings of Convenience is true proof that modern American musicians just cannot compare to the one's over... Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by Jared Wright
it certainly is quiet, which makes the lyrics stand out more, and that is a problem because there isn't much substance. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2002 by 30nothing
Upon hearing this music for the first time you're likely to make mental comparisons to older bands such as Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, or Simon and Garfunkel. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2002 by MS
I happened to discover this group on Amazon, and I simply cannot stop listening to this CD. The comparisons to Nick Drake and Simon & Garfunkel are very appropriate, but don't... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2002 by Thomas Sage
This album is one the best albums I own, (second only to Boy With the Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian), and I think more people need to hear it. Read morePublished on July 18 2002