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Album: Rules
# Song Title   Time
1)    Keep A Secret
2)    Intentions
3)    Courage
4)    Time Bomb
5)    Roller Coaster Ride
6)    High On The Heels
1)    1517
2)    Gravity
3)    Promise Less Or Do More
4)    Dead End
5)    Island
 

Album: Rules
# Song Title   Time
1)    Keep A Secret
2)    Intentions
3)    Courage
4)    Time Bomb
5)    Roller Coaster Ride
6)    High On The Heels
1)    1517
2)    Gravity
3)    Promise Less Or Do More
4)    Dead End
5)    Island
 
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  • Erlend Oye was responsible for a couple of the more quietly influential releases of the early 2000s -- the Kings of Convenience's wispily gentle, prophetically titled debut Quiet Is the New Loud and his affable, microhouse-popularizing DJ-Kicks set, not to mention his fine vocal contributions to R?yksopp's early singles -- all thoroughly excellent if hardly earth-shattering work. In the latter part of the decade, though, his output and impact seemed sadly diminished as he lapsed into a middling, milquetoast groove as frontman for the smooth pop outfit the Whitest Boy Alive. The group's second outing is, like everything Oye touches, never less than pleasant, poppy, and unfailingly polite. And his Berlin-based bandmates know their way around a nimble lite-funk strut as well as anyone (Maroon 5 come to mind, as do Phoenix in their more straightforward moments). Newly official member Daniel Nentwig, in particular, offers some tastily chunky electric piano tidbits; his presence on every track (as opposed to only two) helps make this a fuller-sounding affair than the band's debut, as well as somewhat more kinetic. And Oye's croon is as golden as ever, gliding through his earnestly considered reflections on ill-fated relationships. But sound is one thing and spirit another, and the album feels, on the whole, more tired than inspired. A handful of marginal highs aside (the minor urgency of "Courage," the fluid sobriety of "Gravity"), it's hard to shake the feeling that Rules would be a lot more satisfying if it broke a few more. ~ K. Ross Hoffman
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Rules lets keyboardist Dan Nentwig come to the fore....He infuses the metronomic arrangements with character and energy..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "RULES pushes the beats just a bit more forward and has Oye's riffs sharing a tighter space with Daniel Nentwig's expanded, more prominent palette of synths and keyboards."
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