Kings of Convenience - Peace Or Love
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #429 / 588
User Score
Based on 150 ratings
2021 Ratings: #333
Liked by 9 people
June 18, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI / Label
Folk Pop, Indie Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

Any frills they might have dabbled with in the past have been stripped out, leaving only the bones of the songs and whispers of the rawest feelings. Stylish moves, perfectly played.

80
AllMusic

While Kings of Convenience don't cover fresh territory with Peace or Love, they do what they do as impeccably as ever here and offer a handful changeups and hummable tunes along the way. It should serve as a welcome return for any established fans.

80
musicOMH

This is an album full of wistful, hushed vocals, gently plucked acoustics and some beautiful harmonies. No alarms, no surprises, but it does make for a lovely listen.

80
Evening Standard

While this kind of music can have a tendency to fade into the background, there’s enough going on here to ensure that instead, the inclination is to come closer.

80
The Guardian

Songwriting this unadorned requires melodic strength and confidence, but the pair never waver from their acoustic guitars and occasional violin.

74
Paste

With 11 tracks passing by in a breezy 38 minutes, Peace or Love ably picks up where the band left off on Declaration of Dependence, as if taking 12 years and several tries to finish a follow-up is totally normal.

70
Slant Magazine

From the start of their careers, Kings of Convenience have approached romance with suspicion. It was only natural, then, that the Norwegian folk-pop duo’s long-awaited fourth album, Peace or Love, would situate love as the antithesis to peace, as a force that works largely to bring trouble and pain.

70
Exclaim!

Kings of Convenience have never needed to be revelatory to be worth listening to, and Peace or Love is just as endearing and enjoyable at a time when lighthearted fare might be hard to come by.

70
Northern Transmissions

Hanging everything they have on two voices and two guitars may seem unchallenging but the space that hangs in between the songs’ limited production speak as loud as the songs themselves.

70
God Is in the TV

The sound of Peace or Love is unapologetically simplistic. It doesn’t break new ground for the band but in this case it’s a good thing.

67
Pitchfork

After a 12-year hiatus, the Norwegian duo returns with an especially airbrushed take on easy-listening pop. At their best, the Kings sound deceptively effortless, but the facade is sometimes too smooth.

60
The Arts Desk

In clarifying their sound so carefully, the duo may have left something of substance in the studio.

50
Crack Magazine

Peace or Love certainly won’t change anyone’s life, but anyone looking to soundtrack an early morning cycle through dew-dappled woodlands is in for a treat.

u4ya
88
and just like that... as if they have never been away for 12 years.
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78
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Br0wn
90
It’s just so good to have them back. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel from their previous works, but after 12 years of absence, this is the perfect dose of what I needed.
summerboywest
80
‘Peace Or Love’ was a beautiful experience to sit through accompanied by the duo’s smooth vocals, soft guitar strings and poetic lyricism that paint images of love and summer. Despite these tales, the record feels confused, unable to centre on a specific theme, meaning or purpose without relying on the same melodic features and structures, ultimately providing an underwhelming result by the end of its 38 minutes runtime.
HeyLeo
74
Peace or Love is their fourth album and like most of their discography, it is played entirely by strings that, despite being simple, features an honest and beautiful kinetic energy. The lyrics, on the other hand, despite carrying greater meanings, always seem to be born from conversations of friends that quickly transform loose sentences into a sharp lyrical set. While the album may sound tedious or even a little slurred at times — and it really is, it’s still able to captivate you ... read more
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Added on: April 29, 2021