Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Sigur Rós - Ágćtis Byrjun CD (album) cover


Sigur Rós


Post Rock/Math rock

4.14 | 514 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

3 stars I made the mistajke (sorry, mistake) of trying to listen to this album in the car - it's lost in it, however good - or bad - your car's sound system may be. You need to take the time to listen through headphones to appreciate the soundscapes these guys produce. Very atmospheric music; layers of instruments but over quite simple themes. Some, like Svefn-G- Englar, are haunting melodies that stay in the memory. All credit to Sigur Ros for creating a distinctive sound, but I do feel it is more ambient, than progressive. It is different to listen to, yes; not easy to categorise, yes; but it only takes a couple of plays to get the idea - there's not much hidden complexity in here. Not that there's anything wrong with that - just that for this listener, I'd prefer something a little more substantial.

I can understand some of the references in other reviews to their music sounding like Pink Floyd as there are certain sounds - timbres - that are like 'Floyd, but little similarity to the structures of their songs. Of course we all reach for similarities to what has gone before - doesn't the conclusion of Viőrar Vel Til Loftárasa sound like part of the orchestral climax to "A Day in the Life"? The other band I was reminded of was - honest - their Scandanavian cousins, A-Ha - no, really, - the vocals, and some of the song structures have similarities.

Production qualities are 1st class, and as an aside, I do think the CD packaging is excellent - simple, stylish, oozes quality.

3 stars is not meant as faint praise; this is a good, just not great, album; certainly well worth a listen.

Phil | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this SIGUR RÓS review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives