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Sigur Rós


Post Rock/Math rock

3.22 | 146 ratings

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2 stars The music on Sigur Ros' Valtari brings to mind the ultra-mellow mood of getting home after a weekend night out and not being quite ready for bed, but not wanting to listen to anything that will get your blood pumping.

In short, this is not the most exciting album of music you will ever hear by a long shot. In fact, each time I've listened to this album I've struggled to make to through its 55 and a half minute running time in one shot. Valtari is track after track of subdued, atmospheric background music, which would probably be perfect as a soundtrack to a film, but struggles to hold the listener's interest on its own.

I think what hurts this album the most is that there really doesn't seem to be a lot of variation and the very ambient, atmospheric, but sometimes plodding music on this album really could use a bit of it.

Is there anything good here? Well, the outro to "Varuo" with its pounding piano rising up to reach an ear-shattering finish was decent. "Rembihnutur" with its vocal piece and fuzzy chugging was enjoyable (and at just over five minutes, it knows when to call it quits). I also liked the simple piano at the start of the finale, "Fjogur Piano", which stood out due to the absence of the wall of ambient sound that seemed to take over every other track.

Overall, while I can't say this album is necessarily bad, I sadly don't find it to be particularly interesting. Perhaps fans of Sigur Ros will enjoy this one, especially if they had bought it when it was released (Valtari coming out after a four year break between albums), but I can't really recommend it except to fans and completionists.

Highlights: "Varuo'" (outro), "Rembihnutur", "Fjogur Piano" (intro)

FunkyM | 2/5 |


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