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TAKK...

Sigur Rós

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.85 | 254 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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1 stars 'Takk...' - Sigur Ros (2.5/10)

Well, wasn't this something... I had heard alot of things about Sigur Ros; apparently they were one of the leading post-rock bands of all time, and posessed an immensely beautiful sound. I am a fair fan of the genre (at times being quite enamoured with the musical stylings of God Is An Astronaut and Explosions In The Sky) and alot of what I had heard in the genre had been indeed; quite beautiful in it's orchestration and composition.

What joy it was for me -keeping those high hopes in mind- to come across this little gem, 'Takk.'

I'm blown away... in all the worst ways possible.

Five or so minutes into listening, I became incredibly confused as to why the band's music was so highly rated on this site. What graced my ears was a very confused, noisy, sonic mess, with the occasional agreeable texture popping out of the audio.

With 'Hoppipolla,' I even got a tiny bit hopeful. There was actually a decent piano riff there, although certainly nothing special.

After getting half-way through the album, I was convinced that it wasn't necessarily the instrumentation that bothered me so much (although the noisy mixing would have gotten to me eventually) as much as the gruesome vocals.

Jonsi's vocals are possibly the worst I've ever heard in all of progressive music, no lie. And to all of the obvious lovers of this band, I am quite musically open minded. But listening to what can only be likened to a child having inhaled an overdose of some gaseous substance.

Another thing that irritated me (although this has more to do with the band's style more so than the album in specific) were the nonsensical, Hopelandic vocals. I can understand it's something creative and 'different' (which is what Prog is all about) but having Jonsi chirp out gibberish certainly didn't deter me from thinking I was listening to an infant howl.

The best way I can describe 'Takk...' is if Alvin and the Chipmunks recorded an album and Devin Townsend decided to produce it; it would come out sounding something like this.

I can understand that this isn't for everyone, and I would suggest anyone not initiated into the band should at least give them a try, because apparently I'm a minority in hating them. They are CERTAINLY not for me though. One of the most dissapointing musical journies I've ever taken.

Conor Fynes | 1/5 |

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