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2009 sophomore release from the Berlin-based Indie/Electro band featuring Erland Oye, formerly with Kings Of Convenience. The Whitest Boy Alive started as an Electronic Dance music project in 2003. It has slowly developed into a band without any programmed elements. Of course, one might notice, that most of the songs on Rules have one thing in common: move your body! Less Indie Pop and more Disco, Rules is both a step forward for the band AND a look back at their influences.
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Much of the album comprises laid back grooves with jamming instrumental breaks, like opening cut "Keep a secret", the groovy "Intentions", the stunning ballad "Rollercoaster ride", and the similar "Gravity". "Dead end" is a bouncy Pop affair.
The other songs are upbeat, funky, Disco-tinged songs, similar to what Jamiroquai does: the piano sprinkled "Courage", "High on the heels", "1517", "Promise less or do more", and "Island" (with a light Latin feel and a lengthy instrumental break).
The songs are so simple, yet grow maddeningly addictive each time you listen to it. Incredibly groovy and hugely enjoyable!
Some highlight tracks are Keep A Secret, Intentions, Timebomb, and High On The Heels.
Great album and I think that it's even better than Dreams. Which is a hard album to beat!
This is the case here, this European band delivers some of the most infectious melodies and grooves I have heard in many years. I am a huge CD/LP collector and I don't fall for easy music but this is amazing. Somewhere between minimalist euro pop and Steely Dan is where I would pinpoint this band. Their first album was terrific too but in 3 short years they have matured amazingly and turned simple catchy pop into harmonically sophisticated music while keeping things light and spare. Not easy to do. Some of the tune have a great dance music character without going for the obvious or sounding commercial. Song writing is their strength but each musician holds their weight as well. The bass player in particular delivers highly musical lines that are very tasty. The drummer is more refined and technical than one would assume and he powers this quartet with authority. If you consider that all this great music was recorded live with a minimal amount of artificial effects, the result is refreshing and oh so pure sonically.
I hope this band comes up with a third CD, I think they have many more things to say and the speed at which they have matured musically would indicate many interesting music to come.
In a landscape where bands tend to sound like each other and where writing great songs is rare, Whitest Boy Alive is very unique and they excel at both. Buy this CD the pleasure it delivers to its audience is amazing!