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Sigur Rs


Post Rock/Math rock

3.31 | 173 ratings

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4 stars Sigur Ros - Me Su Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust (2008)

This Icelandic post/atmospheric/sentimental-rock outfit has become the main band of the the post-rock genre and for a good reason. Sigur Ros has a natural, honest sound. The band uses intimate arrangements (often with piano, bass, some spacey guitar and drums) played by the band itself. Besides that most compositions feature orchestral arrangements, with an emphasis on the copper section. The high pitched vulnerable vocals of Jnsi Birgission are among the most authentic of our days.

Because of the atmospheric approach on music Sigur Ros belongs here on a site about progressive rock, though I think most of us would like to see some more innovation in the next albums. Which directs us to the main, and when thinking about it, only problem of this 2008 album; the band continues it's course set, emphasized on the melodic song-writing (which moves the music slightly towards pop), but fails to write new material that has that refreshing impact of earlier albums. All songs are typical, which is a bad thing.

Having that said, this is still Sigur Ros prime time. The warm harmonic bathing, the balanced sentiment, the melodies that carry you away - all are presented with much class. The orchestrations are very strong and sound very good, with ra Btur being one of the best arranged songs I've ever heard. The sounds just keeps getting more intense and bombastic in the symphonic ending section and I get blown away every time I hear the song.

On other songs the band seems to emphasize on the punchy bass-guitar lines or other pulses. Some rhythmic variety would not have hurt, mainly on the first five songs. Besides the tracks with a pulse there are of course the floating ballads without rhythm section.

Conclusion. Owning this new album on double-vinyl is actually something that really pleases me from time to time. The peacefulness, the sentiment (without that typical English theatrics), the great arrangements, the baths of sounds and those amazing vocals; all are very rewarding. The album also has a reasonable production, though I myself discovered the album sounds much much better if you turn up the treble quite a bit. Now, I think the critics on this album of being non-essential because of the lack of innovation is something to be considered, but in my book this still is an excellent addition to any prog collection. I'm going to push that four star button now.

friso | 4/5 |


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