• KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - Quiet Is The New Loud LP
The duo, Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, revel in their softness. The musical framework they adopt is a sparse brand of acoustic folk more akin to the work of Nick Drake than just about anyone of the myriad artists to which Drake is compared. And if there's a curious novelty to listening to a release on Source/Astralwerks bereft of electronic tinkering, it wears off before the first listen ends. The formula of acoustic arpeggios, light drumming, tender pianos, and the occasional subtle horn or string section makes for an album that's as slight and gentle as Saltines and mineral water. The boys never deviate from this, and thus Quiet is the New Loud, inane title and all, never reaches higher than saccharine easy listening.