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Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
     

Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust

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by Sigur Rós
 

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With their fifth full-length album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (translated as With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly), Sigur Rós have taken the poppy, sunshiny leanings of their previous album a step further into the light. The band has always been known for otherworldly soundscapes, and while there is enough of

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With their fifth full-length album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (translated as With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly), Sigur Rós have taken the poppy, sunshiny leanings of their previous album a step further into the light. The band has always been known for otherworldly soundscapes, and while there is enough of that here to keep the faithful happy, the band also writes straightforward, three-minute pop songs like the incredible catchy, sticky-sweet duo ("Gobbldigook," "Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur") that kick the album off like the first rays of the morning sun blazing through your bedroom window. That feeling continues on through the album as both the joyously soaring vocals and the buoyant melodies keep things floating happily on air. The arrangement of sound is quite different from previous albums, too. In the past their sound was characterized by a great wash of instruments merging together into great, gently heaving walls and waves of sound; on this album, for the most part, you can pick out individual instruments whether it's the acoustic guitar that underpins many of the songs (and provides the main backing on the intimate and quite lovely, and quite un-Sigur Rós-like, "Illgresi") or the lone piano that begins "Ára Bátur" (which does expand out into an epic undertaking with over 90 people including the London Sinfonietta and London Oratory Boy's Choir eventually playing on the track). Despite the few tracks that reach for the heavens, for the first time the band sounds grounded and stripped down. Songs like "Festival," with its pounding bassline and charging drums, and the melancholy album closer, "All Alright," which is based on a lonely piano figure (and features lyrics sung in English for the first time in the group's history), are firmly tethered to earth and shorn of excess artifice. In the past it was easy to be impressed with the sound of Sigur Rós, to be carried away by the grandeur of the band and be hit hard by the titanic emotions. On Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust you can really hear the human hearts behind the wall of sound, and while the emotional impact is on a smaller scale, somehow it is even more affecting.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Xl Recordings
UPC:
0634904036423
catalogNumber:
40364
Rank:
47862

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sigur Rós   Primary Artist
Georg Holm   Track Performer,Group Member
Orri Páll DýRason   Track Performer,Group Member
London Oratory School Schola   Choir, Chorus
John McClanian Best   Tambourine,Noise,Hand Clapping
Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir   Strings,Track Performer
Emil Friðfinnsson   Brass,Track Performer
Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir   Strings,Track Performer
Stefðn Jón Bernharðsson   Brass,Track Performer
I.G. Erlendsson   Brass,Track Performer
Sìggi Friendi   Tambourine,Noise,Hand Clapping
Haddi Gunni   Tambourine,Noise,Hand Clapping
S.J. Samúelsson   Brass,Track Performer
S. Sigurtarson   Brass,Track Performer
Sunray and Breeze   Tambourine,Noise,Hand Clapping
Jón Þór Birgisson   Track Performer,Group Member

Technical Credits

Flood   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Sigur Rós   Composer
Tom Gloadly   Engineer
Andy Savours   Engineer
Chris Allen   Engineer
Jón Þór Birgisson   Engineer

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Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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I think I might have found my favorite sigur ros cd. Their music is more emotion than music. After listening I remember more how i felt than what I had heard, their songs are that beautiful. Do yourself a favor and pick this or any of their cd's up. It will open a whole world for your ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eccletic, dreamy and very relaxing. These artists are talented and bring the listener to a better place. Truly heavenly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album from Sigur Ros has proven to be a true gem. The album begins with the harmony and ends with the peaceful feelings that each of their other albums have produced. Sigur Ros keeps getting better, and this particular gem has brought the group into my top five. Listen. Enjoy. Become one with the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not heard a more beautiful song put on disc in recent memory than Ára Bátur, the sixth song on Sigur Ros' latest CD. But that isn't the only memorable gem on the new album. Gobbledigook finds the Icelandic outfit blending propulsive rhythm and chant-like vocals in hypnotic tandem, while Illgresi might be mistaken for some kind of world folk. And much of the song titled Festival is delivered just short of a cappella, with instrumental accompaniment at a minimum and Jon Thor Birgisson's falsetto sounding ever so glorious. While so much modern pop and rock is well produced, so little of it can be described as beautiful. The members of Sigur Ros continue to collectively explore new regions of the sonic universe without losing their way. Long may we share in this wonderful troupe's voyage.
Yeti More than 1 year ago
Aside from the filthy cover art, this CD is a winner all around. For purists and audiophiles, Barnes&Noble.com also sells the double vinyl version. Highly recommended.
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