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Peace Or Love

Kings of Convenience

Peace Or Love

Fourth album and first in twelve years from the Norwegian indie folk/pop duo Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
?Virgin
UK Release date
18/06/2021
US Release date
18/06/2021
  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Peace Or Love is their most cohesive album yet. While it’s not a world away from their previous work, the mood is noticeably more stripped-down and melancholic. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    For their first album since 2009, the Norwegian duo keep things pared back to explore the complexity of love and desire
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    While Kings of Convenience don't cover fresh territory with Peace or Love, they do what they do as impeccably as ever here and offer a handful changeups and hummable tunes along the way. It should serve as a welcome return for any established fans
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The Norwegian duo return to prove there’s always been more to them than just soothing harmonies
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Pretty much from the first note of Rumours, it’s clear that Øye and Bøe have slipped very easily back into their old ways of working. This is an album full of wistful, hushed vocals, gently plucked acoustics and some beautiful harmonies
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  6. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    The Norwegian folk-pop duo’s new album picks up where their 2000s output left off
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  7. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album situates love as a force that works largely to bring trouble and pain
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  8. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The sound of Peace or Love is unapologetically simplistic. It doesn’t break new ground for the band but in this case it’s a good thing
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  9. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Kings of Convenience have never needed to be revelatory to be worth listening to, and Peace or Love is just as endearing and enjoyable at a time when lighthearted fare might be hard to come by
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  10. 7.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Hanging everything they have on two voices and two guitars may seem unchallenging but the space that hangs in between the songs’ limited production speak as loud as the songs themselves
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  11. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    After a 12-year hiatus, the Norwegian duo returns with an especially airbrushed take on easy-listening pop. At their best, the Kings sound deceptively effortless, but the facade is sometimes too smooth
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    After a 12-year break, the Swedish whisper-folk duo is back with yet another collection of gentle music — but four albums in, the act is in desperate need of a new direction
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  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    In clarifying their sound so carefully, Kings of Convenience may have lost something of substance
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  14. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Across 11 tracks, Kings of Convenience give the people what they want. Their vocals – punctuated with the occasional Norwegian inflection – float pleasantly above the instrumentals like heat haze coming off tarmac
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  15. 5.0 |   Crack

    Peace or Love certainly won’t change anyone’s life, but anyone looking to soundtrack an early morning cycle through dew-dappled woodlands is in for a treat
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