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Sigur Rós

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.95 | 294 ratings

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Dim
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5 stars Post Rocks version of Yes hit me hard with (). There is one word I can think of for this album: Cold. Unlike it's precessor, Takk, () is very dark and inhospitable, giving an atmosphere of a COLD feeling of being comfortable numb (ha), with moving music at an almost slow motion pase, it's easy to not be immediately turned on by this album. I was however, this was my first Sigur ros album, and I had no idea what to expect, and the second Untitled 1 came on, I was immeditely drawn into the COLD feeling it gives you. Once I got Takk, I was blown away wih how happy it was compared to this album, the comparison is so great, if didnt know any better, you'd think they were two seperate bands. So that should draw the line for ya, if your a Harmonium kind of guy, you want Takk, if your a universe zero kind of guy, you want ().

The music is prett much keyboard driven, consisting of oragans or piano's, with Jonsi's classic E-Bow guitar in the backround to complete the mood. Untitled one (vaka) is almost misleading, setting an almost positive and WARM mood, with a memorable piano riff, and little happy voices in the backround throught the song. This feeling is destroyed through out the next four songs, which are started by some weird ambient noises, then go on with super slow beats, and minimal lead action by either guitar or keys, these songs will build into a very small climax, where they thrwo in as much ambient noise as possible, then quicky decline into the end of the song. Good song structure IMO, but after four or five of these, it gets very predictable, and almost boring. Thankfully, staring at Untitled six (E-bow) the songs become more guitar oriented, more than weird backround noise and piano led. These song then build to a huge triumphant climax where the drums thrash around like crazy, and the guitar actually starts to strum, while the vocals are flying over the choas under them. The best song of these is the revered untitled eight, the darkest and most intense of the last three, and the whole album. Staring as the rest of the song typicaly do, then all helll brakes loose, after an eerie wait of just vocals, the drumming just becomes ferocious, and everyone is playing as hard as they canm while Jonsi is just wailing! GREAT SONG. One of the best post rock songs I have ever heard!

If it werent for the repetitiveness of the songs 3-5, This may have hit masterpiece level. A good album none the less, beautiful also being a good description. The awesome melodies, and sometimes moving arpegios of the guitar and piano are really what make the album, besides the intense climaxes. Going against the grind here, I'm gonna venture to say that this one is a better album than Takk, more subtlety, and less super jumpy happy moments.

EDIT FIVE STARS, I will redo the review soon!

Dim | 5/5 |

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