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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The latest from enigmatic Icelanders Sigur Rós won't clear up any of the mystery shrouding their dreamy, multi-textured music, but for the many who fell in love with their singular sound, it's time to renew your vows. As if singer Jónsi Birgisson's nonliteral song titles and lyrics -- rendered in a fusion of Icelandic and an imaginary language he dubs Hopelandic -- were too obvious, the quartet follow up their stunning, critically lauded U.S. debut, Ágætis Byrjun, with an equally bewitching, even more perplexing disc called , which features eight expansive, untitled songs that stir the listener's imagination. In fact, the only text appearing anywhere on the disc or ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The latest from enigmatic Icelanders Sigur Rós won't clear up any of the mystery shrouding their dreamy, multi-textured music, but for the many who fell in love with their singular sound, it's time to renew your vows. As if singer Jónsi Birgisson's nonliteral song titles and lyrics -- rendered in a fusion of Icelandic and an imaginary language he dubs Hopelandic -- were too obvious, the quartet follow up their stunning, critically lauded U.S. debut, Ágætis Byrjun, with an equally bewitching, even more perplexing disc called , which features eight expansive, untitled songs that stir the listener's imagination. In fact, the only text appearing anywhere on the disc or its packaging is the band's web site address Sigur-Ros.com, which offers fans a bit of hard info album credits alongside interactive features, including the chance to guess at song lyrics and rate photos presented by the band. But once again, it's the music and not the charming pretensions that merits your affection. The songs are long up to 13 minutes and unfurl slowly, gently insinuating themselves deeper into your psyche with each listen. Jónsi's high coos heighten the intrigue but are really only one piece in a complex puzzle. His vocals melt into the songs' splendorous grooves: narcotic rhythms overlaid with feathery keyboard blankets, a subtle string quartet, and glistening guitar washes reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins. The result is songs that are both otherworldly and warmly organic -- space rock for gravity-challenged earthlings. The opening track which film buffs will recall from the climactic ending to the sci-fi flick Vanilla Sky tiptoes out with tender piano notes, followed by cushiony keyboard tones and Jónsi's melancholy musings; then, five minutes in, the elements intensify and escalate skyward without every transforming the whisper to a scream. Though lacking in obvious hooks, the songs on are deeply melodic and enriched by a sweet, sad emotion. It's enough to make even the coolest of hearts warm to the charms of Sigur Rós.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Set the controls for the heart of the sun: Sigur Rós had another baby and they named it . It's just as excessive in length as its elder siblings, it's just as precious and almost as over-the-top sounding, and it's artfully packaged with next to no information provided -- no photo collage from the triumphant world tour, no acknowledgments of the supportive Reykjavik massive. No track titles are present, either -- the band has made them known, but obviously not through the traditional route. Whatever the issues with this record, musical or not, will only further repel the detractors. Despite the fact that it arrives three years after Ágaetis Byrjun's original release, there are only adjustments -- no significant developments -- in the group's sound. The relentlessly funereal tempos, the elegant arrangements, and the high-pitched warbling/cooing remain in abundance. The overall mood of the album is subdued in relation to its predecessor. This is particularly true for the second half of the album, which is cleaved by a half-minute gap of silence. The sudden stratospheric crescendos resorted to previously are smoothed out, riding subtle gradients that allow for somber, elongated passages of drones and minimal instrumental interplay. The orchestral nuances, contributed by the string quartet Amina, take on a more background role. The fact that the emotional extremes are few and far between makes the album difficult to wade through -- its impact would've been tripled with about half an hour lopped off, but where to begin? None of these eight songs deserve to be left on the cutting-room floor. So perhaps it's most effective when digested in halves. Are Sigur Rós pretentious somnambulists bearing gimmicks, or are they Nordic gods bearing musical bliss? Regardless of the side you're on, is further proof that this group does what it does very well.
Rolling Stone - Gavin Edwards
Sigur Rós make atmospheric music with lyrics in garbled Icelandic, heavy on the strings and keyboards -- beautiful, but with enough presence to not devolve into New Age wallpaper.
Spin Magazine - Alex Pappademas
On (), the band steer their ghost ship into darker waters, erecting a vast, austere cathedral of sound, then sticking around to score a funeral mass inside. (8)
Entertainment Weekly - Dalton Ross
On their third LP, the Icelandic quartet again create an ethereal stir with sparse, atmospheric melodies and a falsetto wail. (B+)

Sigur Rós make atmospheric music with lyrics in garbled Icelandic, heavy on the strings and keyboards -- beautiful, but with enough presence to not devolve into New Age wallpaper.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811309121
  • Catalog Number: 113091
  • Sales rank: 3,549

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Genius!!!

    Great album from a great band.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Haunting, Melancholy, Beautiful.

    There are very little words that I can find to accurately express how much this album means to me. Every second of it radiates beauty, happiness and sadness, all simultaneously. Tracks 'Untitled 3' and 'Vaka' are especially breathtaking; they will tug at your heartstrings until there is nothing left of them, and I mean that in the most positive way possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An amazing album to dream to

    First of all, I find it funny the incredible amount of people who write reviews cannot spell definitely. Oh well. This album is incredibly well done, although I find their previous album, Agaetis Byrjun, is a lot more enjoyable to listen to. I couldn't say that that album is better, but I will say AB is a lot more vocal and has some songs that will make you weep like a toddler (Staralfur, for example). While this song has a lot more "dream-like state" quality to it, AB and their newest album, Takk, seem to have more emotion included in them - although Untitled #4 (Njosnavelin), their hit single on (), is fully loaded with emotion and catharsis. Recommended album for any one who has a face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    This cd is so beautiful. It gives me the emotion of being in a completely different world. Sigur ros are brilliant! I have never heard anything like it. I cant get enough of the cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    A friend of my friend bought this CD. I listened to it and was taken away. its so peaceful and calming. That did it,I downloaded it to my computer. I listen to it whenever I work. A lot of my coworkers have made some good compliments on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    even better live

    i saw them live in cleveland on 3/23/03. it was just as awesome as the cd but better! if you get a chance to see them live do so soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    It is beautiful. There is really nothing more to say. Recommend to listeners of all genres!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Original

    One of the best cd's yet, and if you enjoy foreign music, this reaches the same degree of excellency as Bjork.

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