Europeans have mastered the art of taking it easy in a way that elicits American envy--how else to explain the plethora of hygge coffee-table books, the popularity of travel vloggers, and the eternal appeal of striped bateau shirts? In that sense, to describe Kings of Convenience's work as easy listening isn't disparaging. It's simply an acknowledgement that the Norwegian duo's music, particularly Peace or Love, the follow-up to 2009's Declaration of Dependence, makes languid, pleasant pop seem deceptively effortless; the album is so smooth that its seams are barely visible. The record's 11 tracks are a Quaalude dream, a set of gossamer songs so refined that they take on sedative properties.
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