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"Love Is a Lonely Thing" - Kings of Convenience and Feist

So far into listening "Peace or Love," I'm not as swept away with the album as I have been with prior Kings of Convenience efforts. However, it works as a lovely not-departure from their distinctive acoustic sound that has been well crafted over the years. It's a brief and gorgeous listen, but most songs blend into each other, so it's difficult to pick out any real standout tracks aside from the singles, "Comb My Hair," and their collaborations with Feist - which are as beautiful as ever, when they first joined forces in the early 2000s.

And of these collaborations, the one that stands the strongest is "Love is a Lonely Thing," which is a haunting and lovelorn lullaby of sorts. The rest of the album is not really unremarkable - it's just hard to determine where one song on "Peace or Love" starts and one song ends. I wouldn't call it a standout work of the year, but I would say it's a welcome return from some of the most lush voices in alternative music the past 20 years (Feist, and both Kings of Convenience vocalists Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye). Still, though. It doesn't feel like their strongest body of work - that title would likely belong to their debut, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, "Quiet is the New Loud" (a sentiment which succinctly sums up the duo's ethos).

Listen to "Love is a Lonely Thing" and get lost in it, hopefully enough to fight off any Sunday scaries:





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