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Upon listening to the new Kings of Convenience record, Declaration of Dependence, I suddenly understand how I'm supposed to live.

First, I must frequent a scenic place where I can wallow in my sorrows, in anticipation of listening to one half of the record as background music.

Wallow: Kings of Convenience - "Renegade"

Then, I must plan dinner parties in anticipation of listening to the other half of the record as background music.

Dinner Party: Kings of Convenience - "Boat Behind"

Next, I must realize that that this record could be enjoyed anywhere, at any volume, at any given time. Lastly, and most importantly, I must reckon with my dark and intolerable love for Scandinavian pop music.

Yep, that's right; I love pop music from Scandinavia. This is the first time I've ever admitted that to anyone, including myself, in my entire life. And I'm sure that I will someday regret this unabashed internet confession. However, it's always best to lay everything out on the table and what better place to do so then in my first (and hopefully not last) entry in End Hits. Plus(+!!), I write this with hopes of empowering other Scandinavian pop fans out there. Yes, you. You who still believe in what the Cardigans were doing in the 90's. You, with your stockpiles of Jose Gonzalez, Emiliana Torrini, and Royksopp albums in your bomb shelter And you, who like me, was forcefed ABBA's Gold as a child, thus taking all the blame for your unsophisticated taste in music.

It's okay, it's not our fault. Blame these guys.