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Album: Declaration of Dependence *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Mrs. Cold
2)    Me in You
3)    Boat Behind
4)    Rule My World
5)    My Ship Isn't Pretty
6)    24-25
7)    Renegade
8)    Power of Not Knowing
9)    Peacetime Resistance
10)    Freedom and Its Owner
11)    Riot on an Empty Street
12)    Second to Numb
13)    Scars on Land
 

Album: Declaration of Dependence *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Mrs. Cold
2)    Me in You
3)    Boat Behind
4)    Rule My World
5)    My Ship Isn't Pretty
6)    24-25
7)    Renegade
8)    Power of Not Knowing
9)    Peacetime Resistance
10)    Freedom and Its Owner
11)    Riot on an Empty Street
12)    Second to Numb
13)    Scars on Land
 
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  • In the five years since their last record, the duo of Erlend Oye and Erik Glambek Boe have each been busy, Oye with DJ gigs and his other band the Whitest Boy Alive, and Boe with his day job and fighting Clear Channel in their hometown of Bergen, Norway. Getting back into Kings of Convenience mode sounds like it was as easy as putting on a fresh pair of socks. Their third album, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, sounds like it could have been recorded at the same session as RIOT ON AN EMPTY STREET; it's just as relaxed, mellow, and dreamy. The pair's voices blend like honey and more honey, each of them possessing vocal chords made of cotton candy. They twine their voices around complex but warmer-than-a-Snuggie harmonies on every song; the comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel still hold up, though by now they really sound most like themselves, and not imitators. This album is sparser than the last; there are no guest vocals and very infrequent extra instruments (strings, piano). It gives the proceedings a very intimate sound, between this, the duo's hushed voices, and the peaceful songs, it's even quieter and more subdued than anything they've done so far. The mood of introspective reflection never breaks, and almost becomes unbearably powerful on a track like "My Ship Isn't Pretty." Boe and Oye pull no punches and spare no emotions, they are skilled veterans who know how to format and pace an album. The only thing the record lacks is a song as catchy as "I'd Rather Dance with You," or any songs with drums. It's not really a problem, though, since the overall effect of the album's melodies adds up to something just as powerful. A few of the songs stand out as possible singles, too, like the bossa nova-y "Mrs. Cold" or the almost peppy anti-war song "Rule My World." The lack of drums isn't much of a problem,either, the acoustic guitars that underpin the songs provide all the rhythmic push they need. Adding drums might have spoiled the introspective and feather-light feel of the record. Anyone who's been on their bandwagon all along will be glad of that, as they'll rejoice that DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE turns out to be another autumnal treasure from the Kings.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.78) - "In addition to well-turned folk melodies and sparkling finger-picking, the duo now drape their sparse melancholy in gentle Brazilian rhythms."

Billboard (p.32) - "Kings of Convenience's melodies range from the brisk and obtuse -- as heard on the angular 'My Ship Isn't Pretty' and the brooding 'Renegade' -- to the disarmingly catchy."

Paste (magazine) - "Kings of Convenience have always had a tight grip on their delicate acoustic sound. However, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE offers a sense of cohesion their previous albums don't, a complete story through melody."

Clash (Magazine) - "[T]he songs are stronger than ever. 'Declaration of Dependence' is full of hummable tunes and lyrics blessed with those quirky but charming turns of phrase..."
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