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Rules - Whitest Boy Alive

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Genre: Dance & Electronic - Lounge / Artist: Whitest Boy Alive / Audio CD released 2009-03-30 at Bubbles

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      03.05.2009 14:51
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      Strong second Album performs to a Strong Oeuvre

      Just as solid an album as their previous one, Dreams....So here we are blessed with more light, economical, classy minimalist guitar with life-advising lyrics, with touches of light electronica that in no way injure the simple, zen atmosphere.

      The main musician here is Erlend Oye, unplugged guitarist with the duet Kings of Convenience, and still adding his mellow, wistful Norwegian-lilting voice and injured slant to catchy melodies.

      There aren't quite as many melodies here as the first album, but they've done a good job, and it's only a deft touch that doesn't overdo the bouncy effect, or emotional gravitas. When they come though, they come deftly and with piercing poignancy. The economy in the guitar notes is expertly handled at times.

      Not only a great acoustic musician, Oye has explored the electronic scene too, so it's thanks to him that this selection of quiet understated songs, with some terrific break-out crescendos and guitar emphasis, can also become great dance mixes. It's just a matter of time before 'The Island' for example, (another, final, wistful elegy to breaking up), becomes a huge success with DJs.

      A couple of weaker tracks, where the lyrics get a bit too teachy....but still part of the whole, and with strong sections.


      Overall, a fine mix of light rock with dance edges....to have you celebrating bands and guitars, and their ability to bounce and groove....

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Keep a Secret
      2 Intentions
      3 Courage
      4 Time Bomb
      5 Roller Coaster Ride
      6 High On The Heels
      7 1517
      8 Gravity
      9 Promise Less Or Do More
      10 Dead End
      11 Island