Quiet Is the New Loud

Quiet is the New Loud
Kings of Convenience - Quiet Is the New Loud (cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 6, 2001
ProducerKings of Convenience, Ken Nelson
Kings of Convenience chronology
Quiet is the New Loud

Quiet Is the New Loud is the debut album by Norwegian indie pop duo Kings of Convenience, released on March 6, 2001 by Astralwerks.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The Boston Phoenix3/4 stars[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[7]

Quiet Is the New Loud received mostly 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 11 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[1] Caroline Hennessy of RTE was quoted saying that "If quiet is indeed the new loud then Eirik and Erlend are on to a sure winner. A bittersweet pop album to wrap yourself up in when the world feels like a scary place."[8]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye, except where noted.

1."Winning a Battle, Losing the War" 3:54
2."Toxic Girl" 3:09
3."Singing Softly to Me" 3:09
4."I Don't Know What I Can Save You From" 4:37
5."Failure" 3:33
6."The Weight of My Words" 4:07
7."The Girl from Back Then" 2:29
8."Leaning Against the Wall" 3:18
9."Little Kids" 3:46
10."Summer on the Westhill" 4:33
11."The Passenger" 3:13
12."Parallel Lines"
  • Bøe
  • Øye
  • Daisy Simons
Total length:44:59
Bonus tracks
13."Manhattan Skyline" (A-ha cover)4:17
14."Envoy" 3:10
15."Once Around the Block" (Badly Drawn Boy cover)Damon Gough2:23
Total length:54:49


Kings of Convenience
  • Erlend Øye – steel string acoustic and electric guitars, harmony (all but 5) and lead (5) vocals, piano, drums, percussion, string arrangements
  • Eirik Glambek Bøe – nylon string acoustic and electric guitars, lead (all but 5) and harmony (5) vocals, piano, drums, string arrangements
Additional personnel
  • Ian Bracken – cello (4, 5, 8, 10)
  • Matt McGeever – cello (1)
  • Ben Dumville – trumpet (3)
  • Tarjei Strøm – drum fills (5)


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Norway (IFPI Norway)[9] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000*
Worldwide 200,000[11]

*sales figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Quiet Is the New Loud by Kings of Convenience". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ DiGravina, Tim. "Quiet Is the New Loud – Kings of Convenience". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  3. ^ Wood, Mikael (29 March – 4 April 2001). "Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud (Source UK/Astralwerks)". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  4. ^ Aizlewood, John (26 January 2001). "Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud (Source)". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  5. ^ Gardner, Noel (27 January 2001). "Kings Of Convenience : Quiet Is The New Loud". NME. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ Juzwiak, Richard M. (6 March 2001). "Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud". Q (174): 107. March 2001.
  8. ^ Caroline Hennessy (15 February 2001). "Kings of Convenience - Quiet is the New Loud". RTE. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  9. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Kings of Convenience – Quiet is the new loud". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Quiet is the new loud in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  11. ^ Woloszyn, Paul (3 August 2005). "Interview: Kings Of Convenience". MusicOMH. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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