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ME SU EYRUM VI SPILUM ENDALAUST

Sigur Rs

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.28 | 124 ratings

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3 stars "Me Su Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust" is the 5th (excluding soundtrack- and remix albums) full-length studio album by Icelandic post rock act Sigur Ros. The album was released through EMI Records in June 2008. It was originally meant to be the first Sigur Ros album with English lyrics, but before the recording of the album, the band changed their minds, and either translated or completely rewrote the lyrics for all tracks featured on the album, except for the closing track "All Alright", which thereby became the first track in Sigur Ros discography to feature English lyrics instead of lyrics in the bands native language.

Stylistically the music on "Me Su Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust" continues the more vers/chorus structured post rock formula occasionally hinted at on "Takk....(2005)" rather than goes back to the more ethereal atmospheric sound of "gtis Byrjun (1999)" and "() (2002)". The change in style is rather drastic here though as most tracks on the album are are short and rather formulaic pop/rock songs that are much closer to mainstream radio friendly pop/rock than anything Sigur Ros had released before. This is still unmistakably the sound of Sigur Ros though, just in a more easily accessible version. Although the bands trademark melancholic atmosphere is still present throughout the album, "Me Su Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust" also features a more uplifting spirit, which was a bit unusual for Sigur Ros at this point.

As mentioned most tracks on the album are shorter and more to the point than usual for Sigur Ros, but there are a couple of longer tracks on the album too in the 9:24 minutes long "Festival" and the 8:57 minutes long "ra Btur". Both point backwards toward the bands atmospheric slow building post rock past, and both are among the highlights on the album. I struggle to experience the same enthusiasm when talking about the rest of the material, but its not bad by any means. Just a bit simple and formulaic compared to their more intriguing preceeding releases.

The musicianship are as always of high class. The instrumentation is more ordinary compared to the almost otherworldly sounds of the past, and the same can be said about Jnsi Birgissions vocal delivery. He has opted for a more mid range singing style here and seldom reach the extremely high notes, that he is usually known for. The sound production is professional and well sounding, suiting the music well. I probably sound a bit disappointed and thats not completely untrue, but when all is said and done, "Me Su Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust" is still a pretty strong release by Sigur Ros and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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