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3.50 | 57 ratings | 6 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1: Hvarf - Electric (36:32)
1. Salka (6:09)
2. Hljómalind (4:56)
3. Í gćr (6:26)
4. Von (9:15)
5. Hafsól (9:46)

Disc 2: Heim - Live Acoustic (35:44)
1. Samskeyti (5:23)
2. Starálfur (5:28)
3. Vaka (5:20)
4. Ágćtis byrjun (6:36)
5. Heysátan (4:43)
6. Von (8:14)

Total Time: 72:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Jón Ţór Birgisson / vocals, guitar
- Kjartan Sveinsson / keyboard
- Georg Hólm / bass
- Orri Páll Dýrason / drums

Featuring the string quartet Amiina

Releases information

2CD EMI 5099950256624, 5025662 (2007 Europe)
2CD EMI 5099950256624 (2007 Argentina)
2CD XL Recordings XLCD 307 (2007 US)
2CD EMI 5099950256624, 5025662 (2007 Australia)
CD XL Recordings XL CD 307 (2007 US) (promo)
2CD EMI TOCP 66729-30 (2007 Japan)
CD EMI 695 5022, 50999 6 95502 2 5, 5 099969 550225 (2008 Europe)
2LP XL Recordings XL LP 307 (2012 US)
2LP XL Recordings XL LP 307 (2013 US)
2LP Parlophone P958 4341, 5099995843414 (2013 UK & Europe)

Hvarf contains new studio recordings of three previously unreleased tracks and two tracks from the band's debut Von (the version of Hafsól was previously released on the Hoppipolla single, though).

Heim contains acoustic live versions of previously released songs recorded in Iceland during 2006 and 2007.

The record has two front covers, the one displayed is the Heim cover. The Hvarf side cover is very similar to that of Hljómalind single.

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SIGUR RÓS Hvarf / Heim ratings distribution

(57 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

SIGUR RÓS Hvarf / Heim reviews

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Review by Prog Leviathan
3 stars Appropriately, Hvarf has several songs which will sound very familiar for fans of the band's other releases (being re-recorded versions of older, unused songs from those albums), encapsulating the group's unique sound in an approachable format that meets expectations, but doesn't quite exceed them.

Hvarf is not doubt beautiful, in a way which only Sigor Ros can be described as, but is not nearly as striking as Agaetis or Takk; some of the vocalizing is indistinguishable from earlier work (maybe just because I don't speak Icelandic?), and the ambitiousness of song writing seems to be toned down as well, fitting softs/louds into more abbreviated passages without as much liquid transition between; nor are there as many wow moments to be found. Old fans will probably not rank this one near the top of the band's list, but it will still please thanks to a few new sounds in songs like Salka, which is the closest the band has ever come to a conventional sounding rock tune, and Hafsol, which features an energetic bass riff and dynamic build. Additionally, those who got to see the band live (on their last tour at least), will get to hear more of the eclectic string quartet Amiina (four talented young ladies who each play a dozen different instruments) accompany the group on several songs.

The live material is hardly a selling point, but a nice bonus for the fans. In short-- check out Agaetis and Takk first.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "Hvarf-Heim" is a compilation album by Icelandic post rock act Sigur Ros. It was originally released as a double disc album. The compilation was released through EMIXL Recordings in November 2007. It bridges the gap between the band´s fourth and fifth full-length studio albums "Takk... (2005)" and "Međ suđ í eyrum viđ spilum endalaust (2008)".

The first disc is titled "Hvarf" and contains three new studio tracks, a re-recorded track from Sigur Ros debut album "Von (1997)", and "Hafsól", which was originally released on "Von (1997)" too, but this particular version is the re-recorded version featured as the B-side of the "Hoppípolla" single from 2005. The second disc which is titled "Heim" contains six tracks recorded live on Iceland between 2006 and 2007 and features the string quartet Amiina. One track originally appeared on "Von (1997)" (the title track), two tracks are from "Ágćtis Byrjun (1999)" ("Starálfur" and the title track from that album), two tracks are from "() (2002)" ("Samskeyti" and "Vaka") and one track is taken from "Takk ... (2005)" ("Heysátan").

The three new tracks on the "Hvarf" disc are all pretty high quality recordings. Typical melancholic and atmospheric post rock tracks as we´re used to from the band. The two re-recordings of "Von" and "Hafsól" are great quality recordings too. To my ears these versions are of a much better quality than the original versions, which were ambient, uneventful, and a little tedious.

The material on the live disc "Heim" are high quality recordings too. These are acoustic recordings featuring the string quartet Amiina. The tracklist selection is excellent, and the band and the string quartet make the compositions shine. "Von" is quite different sounding from the original studio version, but otherwise these are just very well played and cleverly arranted acoustic versions of some of the band´s best tracks. These live versions are the same versions of the songs which appear on the 2008 "Heima" documentary movie.

Both the studio tracks and the live tracks feature a very well sounding, warm, and organic productions, which help the material to shine and upon conclusion "Hvarf-Heim" is a high quality release by Sigur Ros and well worth investigating for both fans and newcommers. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic
3 stars Between the two albums 'Takk...'' and 'Međ suđ í eyrum viđ spilum endalaust,' the Icelandic post-rock band SIGUR RÓS released this double disc album titled HVARF / HEIM which some sources seem to list as a compilation and others as a bona fide album release. Disc one - HVARF contains three unreleased tracks, the track 'Von' from the debut album as well as the track 'Hafsól' which was originally only available as the B-side of 'Hoppípolla" from 'Takk...'' Disc two - HEIM is a set of six live acoustic versions of tracks that were presented on the documentary 'Heima' which presented SIGUR RÓS's tour around Iceland in the summer of 2006. Of these six live performances, 'Von' is included as well making it appear twice on this release. Although they are live performances, it is impossible to tell that they are so since there is no audience noise participation and sound as polished as any studio release. The tracks are taken from the albums '( ),' 'Á'gćtis byrjun,' 'Takk..'' and 'Von.'

Like their bona fide studio albums, HVARF / HEIM was very successful all across Europe and with the independent crowds in the US. This Icelandic act delivers the expected journey into the frosty cold post-rock journeys that they have always been known for but the albums comes across as a more chilled and laid back affair sounding most like the ''g'tis byrjun' album with sensual airy keyboard runs accentuated by Jón ''Ţór " Jónsi" Birgisson's ethereal falsettos (in Icelandic) accompanied by bass and drums. In other words, the band performs just as expected without any deviations from the norm. The chord patterns and floating cloud atmospheres lollygag leisurely through the friendly skies while mid-tempo beats prance about like lucid pegasus ponies on a lazy afternoon and none of the unreleased would sound the least bit out of place on any of the albums prior. And unfortunately they fail to craft distinct identities from the other.

Soundtracks have to work double duty to win me over. They were created exclusively for accompanying the visuals and commentary that fits into a bigger scheme of things as background music for a film or documentary but often soundtrack music doesn't have the gusto to pull off unaccompanied listening alone and such is the case with HVARF / HEIM for me. The fragility of SIGUR RÓS' sound is like that of an eggshell and one tiny crack and the whole system fails. While carefully crafted albums work beautifully even the less loved debut 'Von,' random track offerings such as HVARF / HEIM just seem a little lackluster as the tracks just aimlessly float by without the context of the visuals that they were designed to augment. Overall there isn't enough to win me over on this compilation and / or album. It's not that this isn't pleasant music in the least and any hardcore fans will surely want to own this one, however it's just not one that draws me in for repeated listens and lacks the distinct charm that albums like 'Takk...' so successfully employed. The unreleased tracks are the more interesting ones.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Hvarf-Heim is a standard Sigur Ros affair. I could end the review there and I almost feel compelled to, because I can't think of much to say about Hvarf-Heim, but I'll try my best anyway. This is a neat little compilation. When I bought it, I was expecting something more in the vein of Pain of ... (read more)

Report this review (#151653) | Posted by stonebeard | Sunday, November 18, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Really good album from the band. The first disc features some good music, including a mesmerising "Von". "Hafsol" is good too, but loses its way by the end of the track. Disc 2 features some very understated performances (sort of "unplugged") that work well. Always present is the emotion in the ... (read more)

Report this review (#151583) | Posted by memark | Sunday, November 18, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A really great recording, that I managed to own before its release date (thank to my cd seller!); a delicate gathering of sounds, a real Sigur Rňs cd. Even if it features "old" tracks (unreleased tracks, and the live "Heim"), it remains a fantastic cd: exciting and essential for a SR's fan. A re ... (read more)

Report this review (#151343) | Posted by paloz | Saturday, November 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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