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Sigur Rós


Post Rock/Math rock

3.89 | 354 ratings

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el böthy
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4 stars With Takk... it seems Sigur Rós keeps getting more and more happier, something quite rare for it's genre; Post rock. Even more if you think of the influences the band had in their earlier years; I'm talking about the great Radiohead´s and their Icelandic fellow citizen Björk. definitely not happy music (although Björk might not be that sad and depressive either), and the mellow, gloomy yet beautiful previous albums. So, where is Sigur Rós going then? Well, it seems like they have said (is this word correctly used in this word-less music.?) everything they had to say with one style so, in a true progressive act, they changed it, but don't be alarmed old Sigur Rós fans, the change is not abrupt, but gentle and subtle, the band might have said good bye to their blue moody feeling, but a certain melancholy is still present.

The whole album seems also to be very connected from song to song, which makes this (almost) a big piece of music that definitely has to be heard entirely in order to be fully enjoyed.

Although all songs seem to be quite similar at first, it's not really the case; repeatedly listening will show the individuality of each piece that go from the atmospheric "Glsóli", to the incredibly beautiful "Hoppípolla", my personal favorite, to the epics "Sé Lest" and "Milano". The end result is warm, intimist and very personal yet powerful. At first one might wonder what it is that is sounding at certain moments; is that the guitar? Is that the voice? Is that a keyboard? But after a while one stops to wonder about this and just let's the "sound" take one away until it reaches a beautiful calmness with a good chance of falling gently asleep to it.

Definitely not for everybody and for any mood, Metal fans stay away (unless you are open minded), but for those of you that can appreciate the softer, more gentle side of music. well, what are you waiting for?

PS: A piece of advise, do not listen while doing some sort of physical activity, no matter how beautiful it can be sitting down, it can get quite irritating while doing some sport! I know it from personal experience!

el böthy | 4/5 |


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