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Declaration of Dependence

Kings of ConvenienceAudio CD
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Bergen, Norway-based indie pop duo Kings of Convenience teamed singer/guitarist Erik Glambek Bøe and guitarist Erlend Øye. After first earning notice thanks to a series of acclaimed European festival appearances during the summer of 1999, the twosome signed to American label Kindercore to issue their lovely eponymous debut the following spring. Quiet Is the New Loud was issued in ... Read more in Amazon's Kings of Convenience Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release, the third album from the Norwegian Pop/Folk duo (Erik Boe and Erlend Oye). Declaration of Dependence is the story of two people living two very different lives sensing that they are immensely more powerful together than apart. In that sense it is the most adult, the most mature record Kings of Convenience have ever made. That it is their most gripping, their most revealing is, if anything, just a by-product of that honesty and their endeavor. "Erlend is a very stubborn individual with extreme belief in his own ideas," says Erik of his partner. "He's very free and creative and his access to unusual and fresh ideas is very good. I find that quite unique. For some reason they are very similar to my ideas on music - we like the same unusualness."

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to have them back November 20, 2009
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Geeky , polite and as sweet as two 6-month old babies , the Kings Of Convenience have won a special place in the hearts of their fans not only for their gentle melodies but also for the wonderful wonderful friendship they display on stage and during interviews . The norwegian Simon & Garfunkel as they are often called , their latest offering " Declaration Of Depedence " comes five years after their sophomore release " Riot In An Empty Street " and remains faithful to their already established sound .. which is a good thing !

It's amazing how rich a sound two acoustic guitars and two voices can produce . The mood here varies from happy ( " Boat Behind " ) to melancholic ( " Me In You " ) to zen-like ( the hypnotic " Scars On Land " ) while the band gives it's listeners lyrics that can be heartbreakingly beautiful ( " ...dreams burn but in ashes are gold " ) or in other occasions , playful and witty ( " we got four eyes so why yearn for one prespective ?.. " they ask , celebrating freedom of thought ) .

This might not be anybody's thing . Rebelious teenagers for example would probably seek for something angrier . This doesn't change the fact though that this is top quality songwritting . People who have enjoyed current pop folk artists before , people who cherished the work of let's say , Tracy Chapman , Suzanne Vega , Feist ofcourse , Jens Lakeman , Jack Johnson and Josh Rouse , will be delighted with this piece of music so well-crafted as an antique classic violin .
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kings Have Another Solid Album November 1, 2009
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I argue that the Kings of Convenience never got their due in the States. The Kings have a unique sound--minimalistic in many ways but for some reason feels complete in song. The intricate harmonies, limited orchestration, and simple yet elegant music that the Kings have would get drowned out in the pre-teen pop, hard rock, and R&B that fill radio today. That, and their music and lyrics tend to feel like a light depressant and/or therapy for guys thinking about their former girlfriends. Not great for US radio play. But don't let that keep their good music from getting made.

Their latest album, "Declaration Of Dependence" is their first in five years. Over that time, lead singer (sort-of) Erlend Řye released a number of albums, including two with the great Berlin-based "minimalist rock" group Whitest Boy Alive. Eirik Glambek Bře was less active musically. However, time doesn't have much of an effect on their music, as fans from their earlier albums "Quiet Is The New Loud" and "Riot On An Empty Street" will find the transition to "DoD" easy. I feel like DoD is more similar to some of the softer and tranquil songs of both albums. There isn't as much of a fast-paced effort that "I'd Rather Dance With You" or "Misread" have--this is more like "Parallel Lines" or "The Build Up". That being said, some of the songs they have promoted on their website ("Mrs. Cold" and "Boat Behind") are tremendously catchy and fill that need for a faster tempo, soft-rock (I hate to call it that) feel.

I find the songs on DoD beautiful in the same vein as their past albums but I wonder how often I will listen to them. Are they so likeable that I'll go through dozens of listens like in their past albums?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bout frickin' time! October 22, 2009
By Benny
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After checking every month for the last few years on an update for a new CD, Declaration of Dependence is finally here. After a few listens, pretty much what one would expect who has followed these two Norwegian guys. A few catchy tunes jump at you right away while others seem to be "forgotten". But over time, those "forgotten" tracks end up being your favorites off the album.

I was hoping for another Feist cameo or some other musician the Kings could introduce me to as they did Feist, but alas no. I do think the violin player is a full-time member now and a good one at that who fits the style and doesn't try to steal the show.

I will say this, if you haven't seen them live, they are phenomenal. I liked their first few CDs but after seeing them live, they went up to one of my favorite bands. Definitely one of the top 3 concerts I've ever seen. Take a bud or two to see them and they'll be instant fans. As of yet, there is no USA shows but they better get their arses over here!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Step Backwards February 10, 2010
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For the most part, "Declaration of Dependence" sounds like best buddies hanging out at a secluded European beach and playing a few tunes for their closest friends. Kings of Convenience's third album appears to have become the decidedly unplugged creative outlet for Norwegian boy wonder Erlend Oye, who also heads up Whitest Boy Alive, an excellent band in its own right. There is a noticeable lack of drums (and any clever studio trickery) on this album, although one could argue that these fellows strum their guitars with a percussive feel at times. Most of the songs follow the simple formula of one player strumming the percussive rhythmic chords with the other guitar running over the top with a pleasant riff, with an occasional string of violin or piano notes added to the mix.

The album starts off with the nostalgic "24-25" and picks up where "Riot on an Empty Street", the Kings previous album and magnum opus, left off- a soothing Simon and Garfunkel-esque vocal harmony over two gently plucked guitars.

Next up is the super catchy "Mrs. Cold," the standout track on the album. The tempo picks up a bit here, and if we were laying out on a chilly Icelandic beach on Track 1, the beach we are laying on here is more like Rio de Janeiro- warm and sunny, despite the title. This track also introduces the violin in the last few seconds, which is used sparsely throughout the album, most noticeably on "Boat Behind," another pleasant seaside ditty exploring the themes of independence vs. dependence. Nothing mind-blowing lyrics wise, but something every listener should be able to relate with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I love Kings of Convenience, so I also love this vinyl. Vinyl's are simply superior to digital music, at least in my opinion.
Published 1 month ago by Kenny J
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
If you're new to Kings of Convenience you will not be disappointed. This album is a modern interpretation of mellow folk rock - think Simon & Garfunkel. Great music!
Published 9 months ago by Adam C. Osthed
4.0 out of 5 stars solid album
If you like this, make sure to check out Riot on an Empty Street which is a 5/5 star album. One of the singers Erlend Oye also has solo albums and is the singer for the band... Read more
Published 11 months ago by burndtjam
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a great album and listening to it on vinyl just adds that little extra to make the whole things sound wonderful.
Published 13 months ago by April Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it
If you like Simon and Garfunkel, buy it.

If you like good indie music, buy it.

If you like simplicity and acoustics, buy it. Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by t-monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Kings of convenience: ABSOLUTELY CONVENIENT! This is the kind of album you can just by its cover: peaceful and beatiful.
Published on September 10, 2011 by leticiamr
5.0 out of 5 stars introspective gem
It took me awhile to really appreciate this one. I tend to really listen for alot of musical detail, and I like profound lyrics that inspire thought. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by ProggaWogga
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but works for me
Granted, in today's cultural milieu, music I would characterize as "gentle" and "contemplative" would likely be described as many others as "flaccid," but that doesn't diminish the... Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Florida RLB
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just so pretty.
I could listen to this album all day, and in fact, I do! I listen to it at my work while doing various office things. The subtle strings in this album will blow you away!
Published on January 7, 2011 by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably Pleasant
I've always had a thing for the Kings of Convenience and this album just doesn't let up. I find myself letting their [Kings of Convenience] entire discography play on repeat for... Read more
Published on May 3, 2010 by Anton Nikiforov
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