Offering up one of the prettiest albums of the year, Norwegian folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience dabbles in everything from Simon & Garfunkel-style harmonizing ("Homesick") to acoustic disco ("I'd

Offering up one of the prettiest albums of the year, Norwegian folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience dabbles in everything from Simon & Garfunkel-style harmonizing ("Homesick") to acoustic disco ("I'd Rather Dance With You") to breezy tropicalia ("Know How"). "Riot" is another creative success for Kings member Erlend Oye, who in the wake of the act's 2001 album, "Quiet Is the New Loud," pursued a series of well-received dance/electronic side projects as a solo artist ("Unrest") and DJ ("DJ Kicks"); he also contributed vocals to Royksopp's album "Melody AM." Oye's signature chilled vocal aesthetic, which has been the calling card of all his work during this period, is a pleasure to experience. Here, with Kings partner Erik Glambek Boe, it is extra special. With hushed guitars and piano, "Riot" is one mellow gem.—BG

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