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Kings of Convenience 

Declaration of Dependence (EMI)

When this indie-folk duo from Norway released its 2001 debut Quiet is the New Loud, it lent (for better or worse) a snappy catchphrase to the burgeoning wave of softly sung, acoustic music that emerged partly in response to tiresome post-grunge homogeneity. Now on its third album, the band's formula has changed little (the harmonies are the main attraction) but the songwriting is more confident, with hints of bossa nova and string accents. While not as distinct as some contemporaries (Sam Beam, Sufjan Stevens), the band demands full attention, so its warmth and melodies can work its subtle charm into the fabric of your day.

Mrs. Cold - Kings Of Convenience

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