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Riot On An Empty Street
Riot on an Empty Street
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Studio album by Kings of Convenience
ReleasedJune 21, 2004
RecordedSept. 2003-Mar 2004
Genre
Length44:26
LabelAstralwerks
ProducerKings of Convenience
Davide Bertolini
Kings of Convenience chronology
Versus
(2001)
Riot on an Empty Street
(2004)
Declaration of Dependence
(2009)

Riot on an Empty Street is the second album from Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience. It features two song collaborations with Canadian musician Feist. It peaked at #2 in Norway, #3 in Italy (staying in the chart for a year) and #49 in the UK.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
NME6/10[5]
Pitchfork7.3/10[6]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus MagazineB+[9]
Uncut3/5 stars[10]

Riot on an Empty Street received largely positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on 18 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Track listing

All tracks written by Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Homesick" 3:13
2."Misread" 3:08
3."Cayman Islands" 3:02
4."Stay Out of Trouble" 5:04
5."Know How"3:58
6."Sorry or Please" 3:47
7."Love Is No Big Truth" 3:48
8."I'd Rather Dance with You" 3:29
9."Live Long"
  • lyrics: Are Glambek Bøe/Eirik Glambek Bøe/Erlend Øye
2:57
10."Surprise Ice" 4:23
11."Gold In the Air of Summer" 3:33
12."The Build-Up"
  • Eirik Glambek Bøe
  • Erlend Øye
  • Feist
4:05
Total length:44:26

Personnel

Kings of Convenience
  • Erlend Øye - lead (6, 12), co-lead (1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11) and harmony (5, 9, 10) vocals, guitar (7, 11, 12), steel string guitar (3, 4, 5, 10), electric guitar (1), bass (8), drums (5, 6, 8, 12), piano (8), banjo (6), trumpet (6), arrangement (4, 6)
  • Eirik Glambek Bøe - lead (2, 5, 9, 10), co-lead (1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11) and harmony (6) vocals, guitar (2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), nylon string guitar (1, 3, 4, 10), bass (8), piano (2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11), drums (7), arpeggios (11), percussion (8), banjo (7), arrangement (4, 6)
Additional personnel
  • Feist - lead vocals [outro] (5, 12)
  • Davide Bertolini - bass (7), upright bass (2, 4, 5, 6), bowed bass (11), arrangement (4, 6)
  • Tobias Hett - viola (2, 4, 6, 8), arrangement (4, 6)
  • Gary Peterson - trumpet (6), arrangement (6)
  • Siri Hilmen - cello (2, 3), cello [outro] (4), arrangement (3, 4)
  • Peter Kates - additional cymbals (8), hi-hat (8)
  • John-Arild Suther - trombone (9, 11)
  • Petter Alexander Olsen - creative consultant (9)

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] N/A 78,000[13]
Europe (IFPI)[14] N/A 400,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Riot On An Empty Street by Kings of Convenience". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Riot on an Empty Street - Kings of Convenience". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Hiatt, Brian (6 August 2004). "Riot on an Empty Street". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Clarke, Betty (18 June 2004). "Kings of Convenience, Riot on an Empty Street". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street". NME: 57. 19 June 2004.
  6. ^ Mitchum, Rob (27 July 2004). "Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street". Q (217): 112. August 2004.
  8. ^ O'Connor, Rob (16 September 2004). "Kings Of Convenience: Riot On An Empty Street". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Mims, Nick (16 December 2004). "The Kings of Convenience - Riot on an Empty Street - Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street". Uncut (86): 101. July 2004.
  11. ^ "British album certifications - Kings of Convenience - Riot on empty street". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Riot on empty street in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  12. ^ "American album certifications - Kings of convenience - Riot on empty street". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
  13. ^ "Kings Of Convenience Make New 'Declaration'". Billboard. Billboard. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for EUROPEAN CERTIFICATION.
  15. ^ https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13553-declaration-of-dependence/

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