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Rules [Import]

The Whitest Boy AliveAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE follow their own rules. They're four guys in one room - no overdubs, no FX. The music has to be recorded live in one take, and nothing gets added which cannot be played live. Fronted by famed DJ, producer, musician, and vocalist, ERLEND OYE (KINGS OF CONVENIENCE, 'DJ Kicks'), the Berlin collective have become synonymous with their distinctive blend of quaint vocals, minimalist melodies, and pillowy grooves. And on the eleven tracks that constitute their album, 'Rules', they convey one polite directive: please, move your body. Having recorded 'Dreams' in Berlin's legendary Cafe Moskau, this time THE WHITEST BOY ALIVE went to Mexico for the recording sessions: building a studio inside a house at the beach. The sessions, which were interrupted only by surfing and eating, resulted in around 300 different takes of the eleven songs - the best of which were melted down into 'Rules'.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you on a Jazzy rollercoaster ride! April 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The whitest boy alive" are a German based quartet with singer/guitarist Erlend Řye from the band Kings of Convenience. Their sophomore disc "Rules" is a calm breezy Folk/Pop/Jazz affair, remniscent in places of Řye's alumnus, Michael Franks, or even long forgotten eighties Swiss Pop duo Double.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rules July 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Muy buen disco. Creo que la única forma de obtener un disco como este aca en Chile es por este medio.. o tal vez en una tienda especializada, pero es mucho más sencillo comprarlo en Amazon. Disco recomendable para quienes gustan de rock alternativo suave.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just barely surpasses 'Dreams'. April 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
While 'Dreams' emphasized guitar work, 'Rules' emphasizes keyboard work. There is a lot more keyboard on this album than 'Dreams'. This album has some really great funky beats and breakdowns, and is bluntly, just plain more fun than its predecessor. It combines the honest, simple but powerful style of Dreams, and adds some really great keyboard work and almost disco beats. As a result, you get an attractive album that draws you in and keeps you wanting more.

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!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this album is a real treat....... April 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I totally disagree with the 2-star review. Rules adds on to the raw sound that Dreams gave us with a nice polished-off disco sound. I loved every second of this album, and I think it transitions well from the sounds of Dreams. Erlend Oye and his crew have done it again. BUY THIS ALBUM.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Letdown (Somewhat) From Dreams April 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
To preface, I am a big fan of WBA's first album "Dreams." In many respects, Dreams can be played start to finish with ease. Most of the songs gel together well, despite the minimalistic/bare-bones nature of the music. Dreams had a number of catchy songs including "Golden Cage" and "Fireworks."

Unfortunately, Rules fails on many of the levels where Dreams works. Rules is less stripped down, more disco-y, the songs don't flow well together in sequence, the lyrics are somewhat forgettable, and the songs are not as catchy. "High On The Heels," and "Rollercoaster Ride" are poor efforts and weak enough not to purchase as individual tracks. "Gravity" is the worst of the bunch--the so-called chorus in the middle of the song adds nothing. That being said, Rules has some winners--"1517" and "Island," have that addictive quality that made me appreciate WBA's first album. 1517 in particular has the numerous harmonic changes and neat hooks that remind me of what WBA can do so well... It's no surprise these two songs appear in full in the band's Myspace page--and similarly no surprise why some of the other songs aren't promoted.

What is most frustrating is that Erlend Řye is masterfully talented--Kings of Convenience never got the respect in the States that it should have--and overall I still think WBA has great potential. Their new album just doesn't work well. I'd buy the tracks selectively but not the album as a whole.
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