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Sigur Rós

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.93 | 271 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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3 stars Cripplingly emotive minimalist atmosphere and sad droning make ( ) an enigmatic mix of light/dark tones which will both uplift the listener and, more likely, throw them into the darkest corners of isolation through its long, slow compositions. The vocalizations throughout, but especially in the latter half of the album sound as if the singer is crying out for help, a reprieve from the shadowy textures and ambient tone.

( ) will take several listens to understand, but even then it might be too ponderous and bleak a payoff to make it worthwhile for everyone. The few occasional breaks in the ambience-- specifically in the form of roaring cascades of sound-- might not be enough to hold one's attention for the entire spin, which may make ( ) better suited to background music. However, there are some undeniable beauties in here, like Dial:Revenge which lightens the mood halfway through, and the amazing conclusion Secret Pint, which combines both light/dark into one savage sonic assault of pain, anguish, and beauty complete with screaming guitar and heavy drumming from Dryason.

Taken as whole, ( ) is an acquired taste, but worth the effort. Interested parties should check out other Sigor Ros albums first though, which have a more approachable feel.

Songwriting: 2 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |

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