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Dreams album cover
Golden Cage
Done With You
Don't Give Up
Above You
All Ears
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 41:33

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Sarah Tonen


The Whitest Boy Alive, Dreams
2006 | Label: ASound / !K7 Records

One of the odder stories of mid-'00s pop is that of Erlend Øye, one-half of Norwegian indie-pop duo the Kings of Convenience. Where that duo made its name aping Simon & Garfunkel and Belle & Sebastian, Øye shifted left in 2004, creating one of the most acclaimed mix-CDs in K7's acclaimed DJ-Kicks series, which draped moody beats in a cardigan sweater. In 2003, the same year Øye released a solo album, he formed the Whitest… read more »

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How White!


Same sentiments as Noface. How did I miss this? Punky feel. Clear Nordic vocals, mesmorizing, white man, jerky body rhythms. Nothin' smooth about this music but it is so pleasant because of the soft vocals over driving beats. Can't go wrong with this album...songs go great together. A good find!

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Worth a listen


I was expecting something close to KOC, but what I got was far better! The music is groovy, but the lyrics are even better. Have a listen, if you haven't yet.

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You need this


There are at least 5 songs on this album that are must-have tracks: Borders, Don't Give Up, Burning, Golden Cage and Inflation...and you can't go wrong with the others, so just pick up the whole thing. This is a staple album in anyone's collection if you're serious about REAL music.

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Good light indie pop!


I like it, it is pleasant modernist indie guitar pop like The Aluminum Group.

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Where the hell was I when this album came out!? This is great stuff...very upbeat, but almost a melancholic tone to it. Great for chillin' at home or at the beach, or for a night time drive. Great find.

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Pretty damn white


I was expecting white but was definitely surprised by the whiteness of this album. I'd go as far as saying perhaps "Whitest Boy Alive EVER"

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walking music


The Kings of Convenience albums are great soundtracks for studying, but this one is catchier and more suited for walking accompaniment.

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great album


As a Kings of Convenience side project this does not disappoint. Erlend Oye is very talented. Borders stands out above the rest.

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if you don't like this....


then something isn't right with you. or maybe you like death metal...meaning something isn't right with you

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Heads and Tails


I stumbled across this album a year or two ago and came back looking to see if the new release was here. I realized with the new check-mark system (with all the changes you gotta love this new feature) that I only dl the first half of the album. JUST FANTASTIC. Reminded me a bit of the simpler sound of early Cure (just not as moody). The second half however (at least based on the samples) is a b-side sound: very different, very moody but with out the pop jangle I love of the first half.

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The Whitest Boy Alive no doubt intend their moniker facetiously, if not a bit self-mockingly, but it’s a useful cue in pinpointing their music, which does in fact display many qualities frequently associated with whiteness. Fortunately, unfunkiness is not primary among them. Splitting the unlikely but not insurmountable distance between the hushed acoustic folk-pop of Kings of Convenience, Erlend Øye’s previous main concern, and the stylish electronic dance-pop of his solo work, TWBA set their sights on gently grooving indie rock/pop, achieved through essentially non-electronic means (guitar, bass, drums, and the occasional electric piano.) Their grooves may not be particularly soulful, but they’re toe-tapping enough, and very smartly performed, with an interlocking crispness that recalls Phoenix or perhaps a much less twitchy version of early Talking Heads. That smoothness and precision — in rhythmic execution, instrumental tone, lyrical diction, and overall sound — is, for better or worse, Dreams’ most notable feature. Call it sonic purity and aesthetic clarity, or call it smarmy slickness and stuffy sterility; it’s a pretty white sound either way you take it. But however polite or uptight it may be, pop music floats or fails on the strength of the songs, which in this case are frustratingly hit or miss. There are a handful of winners here — the peppy kick-off “Burning,” the jumpy quasi-dance-punk of “Fireworks,”the brooding “Done with You” and the sweet, hesitantly self-affirming “Don’t Give Up” — and they are gleaming. Too much of the remainder of the album, though, lags in too-similar, blandly vanilla territory; less white hot than white bread. – K. Ross Hoffman

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