Kings Of Convenience : Toxic Girl
Hush, children, the mimsy Viking warlords of NAM are coming on another pillaging raid...
Confusion increases when you realise they're the feyest of the faintly ridiculous acoustic battalion, and also by some distance the best. Hence 'Toxic Girl', a self-conscious gambol through Elliott Smith's less tortured moments with bonus harmonies and - in an act of extreme subversion - a[I] string section[/I]. The musical equivalent of a sensible sweater but, confronting personal demons, tremendously comfortable.
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