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Sigur Rós

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.94 | 287 ratings

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Tall Hair
5 stars Even for a Sigur Rós album this is very ambient. Full of atmosphere and moods, sad and melancholic moods mostly, very sad melodies.. by the way, why would someone want to listen to sad music, I mean, sadness is a negative feeling, isn't it? What's the point of purposely feel sad and melancholic? Well, melancholic melodies just happen to sound really good. And that's what Sigur Rós does best. Create melancholic melodies. Actually someone would say they're not sad, they're just beautiful. Nevertheless it sounds wonderful.

The interesting thing about this album is that it's sung completely in a gibberish language, that is, the lyrics are not meant to mean anything, they are just meant to be there to create melodies and textures just like any other instrument. The language is called Vonlenska, a language which sounds like Icelandic but only contains words that are meaningless, but fit into the music very well. The album sleeve's pages are blank. There are eight white pages where you are supposed to write your own meanings for the songs, what the songs mean to you. Someone could say that it shows just a lack of inspiration, like: We haven't got anything to say, you come up with something. But I think it's brilliant! I mean, all of their songs are gibberish to me anyway, since I don't speak Icelandic, actually, most of the world doesn't. They can as well sing gibberish, then I don't have to feel ignorant when I don't know what they are singing about, and I can freely figure out what the songs mean to me, and nobody else.

The music is what matters here. And it's spectacular. It's mostly undynamic and mellow, but not always. There are smaller and bigger climaxes every now and then. The biggest one is at the end of the album; it's gigantic and dramatic, almost beats GY!BE's climaxes. This album is an excellent piece of work, highly recommended. Maybe even the best work of Sigur Ros.

Tall Hair | 5/5 |

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