Go

Go

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by Jónsi
     
 

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Anyone expecting Jónsi's solo debut to sound anything much like his work as vocalist with Sigur Rós might be a little shocked. (Only a little, though.) Unlike the sound of the band, which is akin to being enveloped in a great misty cloud of shifting tones and textures, listening to Go is, for the most part, like…  See more details below

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Anyone expecting Jónsi's solo debut to sound anything much like his work as vocalist with Sigur Rós might be a little shocked. (Only a little, though.) Unlike the sound of the band, which is akin to being enveloped in a great misty cloud of shifting tones and textures, listening to Go is, for the most part, like being caught in a storm of color saturated hailstones. From the very beginning, Jónsi and his collaborators, composer Nico Muhly, Alex Somers (who was half of the Jónsi & Alex project), and Samuli Kosminen pepper the listener with shards of sunny strings and woodwinds, spools of chopped-up guitars and keyboards, all sorts of digital manipulations, and above it all, layers of Jónsi's reliably enthralling voice. The songs alternate between tracks like "Animal Arithmetic" and "Go Do," which sound like the bubbling soundtrack to an awesome training montage in a film where pixies are training to battle fairies; atmospheric tunes like "Sinking Friendships" and "Grow Till Tall" that drift by like puffy clouds; and string-heavy ballads like "Kolniður" and "Hengilás." These ballads anchor the record just enough to keep it from blowing away in the slightest wind and give it some emotional heft. One could argue that not every record necessarily needs this kind of weight, and that it would have been more fun to add two more songs that spun like out-of-balance tops, but since Jónsi does ballads really well, it's hard to complain too much. It's also hard to imagine a giddier song than "Boy Lilikoi," which swells and shimmers in a shower of flutes, bells, strings, and almost unbearably sugary vocals. Listening to it is like biting into a jelly-filled donut; only the jelly turns out to be a rainbow. While the whole album doesn't quite deliver this kind of intense listening experience, enough of it does to make Go an essential addition to the collection of anyone who likes their music to come in colors. If Sigur Rós never releases another album, as long as Jónsi makes records this thrilling, it'll be OK.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
Label:
Xl Recordings
UPC:
0634904048327
catalogNumber:
40483
Rank:
64090

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jónsi   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Glockenspiel,Ukulele,Vocals,Sampling
William Lang   Bass Trombone
Samuli Kosminen   Percussion,Drums,Harp,Kalimba
Caleb Burhans   Violin
Nico Muhly   Piano,Celeste,Glockenspiel
Clarice Jensen   Cello
Courtney Orlando   Violin
Nadia Sirota   Viola
Alex Somers   Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Sampling
David Nelson   Trombone
David Byrd-Marrow   French Horn
Alexandra Sopp   Flute
John Pickford Richards   Viola
Edward Burns   Bassoon
Christa Robinson   Horn,Oboe
Brian Snow   Cello
Hideski Aomori   Clarinet
Kate Sheeran   French Horn
Logan Coale   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Peter Katis   Producer,Engineer
Nico Muhly   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Wind Arrangements
Alex Somers   Producer
Inga Birgisdottir   Illustrations
Lilja Birgisdottir   Illustrations
Jónsi   Composer,Producer

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