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Sigur Rós


Post Rock/Math rock

3.90 | 341 ratings

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4 stars This album has just been released today, and what a relief it is! After the disappointing (), which mostly was a bunch of long jams that bored me to tears (the first four/five tracks were quite good), SR have refocussed and produced an album that at least matches the quality of AB, their breakthrough. The songs can be lengthy still, but they are tightly written and feature less of the stereotypical loud- beginning-to-chaotic-ending structures that plague a lot of spacey bands. Fragments of the melodies stick in my head long after they are gone, something that couldn't be said about (), with the exception of a couple of tracks. The vocals are still the group's greatest strength- there's nothing quite like them that I've heard, still sounding like a demented boys' choir! But the heavy use of strings is back, and even some oom-pah pah horns used to playful effect. The delay-drenched guitars are given lots of room to breathe- in fact, the use of space is wonderful. Ringing notes go on for bars on end, adding to the contemplative atmosphere. There is also a sense of happiness and contentment that was lacking in the band's work before (the title means "thanks"), making this the perfect accompaniment to a sunny fall afternoon. There is no band quite as distinctive as Sigur Ros, who have proved with this release that having a recognizable sound doesn't mean there is no room for development and evolution.
Heptade | 4/5 |


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