Riot on an Empty Street

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Riot on an Empty Street
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Studio album by Kings of Convenience
Released June 21, 2004
Recorded Sept. 2003-Mar 2004
Genre Indie pop, indie folk
Length 44:26
Label Astralwerks
Producer Kings 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Guardian Unlimited 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[4]
Stylus Magazine B+[5]

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".[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(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"  
  • Are Glambek Bøe
2:57
10. "Surprise Ice"     4:23
11. "Gold in the Air of Summer"     3:33
12. "The Build-Up"   4:05
Total length:
44:26

Personnel[edit]

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 (5, 12) [outro]
  • 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)

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