Kings of Convenience, "Declaration of Dependence"

On their first album in five years, the Norwegian duo Eirik Bøe and Erlend Øye-who record under the name Kings of Convenience-have returned with more atmospheric folk-pop to soothe the soul. Percussion is nowhere to be found on the group's latest release, "Declaration of Dependence," and the pair's Simon & Garfunkel-esque harmonies are less dynamic than they once were. But there are still plenty of bright spots. 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. On the standout track "Mrs. Cold," Bøe and Øye lace their beloved bossa nova rhythms with R&B lyrics that are aimed at an ice queen, singing, "Acting so tough/Didn't know you had it in you to be hurt at all . . . you lost control and you lost your tongue."-Monica Herrera

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