Riot on an Empty Street The Kings of Convenience -- a Simon & Garfunkel-aping duo from Norway -- earn their crown with their third and strongest album yet, drawing the… Riot on an Empty Street The Kings of Convenience -- a Simon & Garfunkel-aping duo from Norway -- earn their crown with their third and strongest album yet, drawing the… 2004-07-27 Kings of Convenience
Music Review

Riot on an Empty Street (2004)

SUMMONING THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE Kings
Image credit: Kings of Convenience: Oysten Fyxe
SUMMONING THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE Kings
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 27, 2004; Lead Performance: Kings of Convenience

The Kings of Convenience -- a Simon & Garfunkel-aping duo from Norway -- earn their crown with their third and strongest album yet, drawing the right lessons from forebears who also include Nick Drake and Burt Bacharach. Aside from the misstep ''I'd Rather Dance With You'' (these are the wrong dudes to sing about dancing), Riot on an Empty Street tales of lost loves and existential confusion shimmer with precise harmonies, memorably melancholy melodies, and rich but restrained arrangements. It's enough to send Gough back to the drawing board.

Originally posted Aug 06, 2004 Published in issue #777 Aug 06, 2004 Order article reprints
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