Norway seem to have turned out so many promising and diverse acts in the last 10 years, it is no longer a surprise that their efforts use the influences of English-speaking nations and can then even surpass them. William Hut - the chosen avatar for the vocalist of the Poor Rich Ones is clearly - like his compatriots Kings Of Convenience - indebted to Simon And Garfunkel, full of innocent, emotive singing and a more traditional take on songwriting. Reverb is added to the vocals to add a more ethereal, modern touch to the sonic experience. The songs themselves - which are predominantly ballads - offer views on love or lack thereof to a sometimes charmingly simplistic degree like the brilliant 'Scarlet's line of "I'm not wrapped in mystery. I'm just sad". Even the flute-powered instrumental 'Bangladore Homecoming Queen' has charm in abundance. Unafraid to use strings he may be, but it's on the sparer arrangements of 'Belonging', 'The Great Gospel', 'Wood Floors' and the title track where his mark is made most effectively.