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4.20 | 53 ratings | 6 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1
1. Svefn-g-englar (10:13)
2. Glósóli (6:52)
3. Ný batterí (8:39)
4. Fljótavík (3:38)
5. Viđ spilum endalaust (3:59)
6. Hoppípolla (4:13)
7. Međ blóđnasir (2:22)
8. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur (4:09)
9. E-bow (9:09)

Total Time: 53:14

Disc 2
1. Sćglópur (7:41)
2. Festival (7:36)
3. Hafsól (8:28)
4. All Alright (5:42)
5. Popplagiđ (15:24)
6. Lúppulagiđ (5:59)

Total Time: 50:50

TOTAL TIME: 104:04

1. Ný batterí
2. Svefn-g-englar
3. Fljótavík
4. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
5. Sćglópur
6. Festival
7. E-bow
8. Popplagiđ
9. Lúppulagiđ

Line-up / Musicians

- Jónsi Birgission / vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Kjartan Sveinsson / keyboards, electric piano, guitar
- Georg Hólm / bass
- Orri Páll Dýrason / drums

Releases information

Release date: November 7, 2011

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SIGUR RÓS Inni ratings distribution

(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
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Review by Neu!mann
4 stars After their more lightweight 2008 studio album "Međ Suđ Í Eyrum Viđ Spilum Endalaust" it's a thrill (and a relief?) to hear, and also finally see, Sigur Rós doing what they've always done best: unleashing vast waves of dense, atmospheric Dirge Rock, stronger than usual in the live setting presented here.

The concert(s) in this twin-CD package date from late 2008, when the band was touring in support of the above-named album. But unlike that atypically upbeat effort the sound here is classic Sigur Rós, and likely to strike a sympathetic chord in listeners claiming even a passing familiarity with Post Rock protocol: typically built around loud/soft contrasts and long, escalating crescendos. The stage arrangements don't stray too far from the studio originals, but the live sound is vivid, giving each song even more grandiose power than on the albums themselves.

The effect, as always, is oddly exhilarating. Especially when the alien falsetto of vocalist Jónsí Birgisson (I would hesitate to brand him as a mere singer) is matched against the wall-shaking signature sound of his bowed electric guitar. No wonder the musicians like to describe themselves as "a very serious Heavy Metal band": it's an apt description of their loud yet introspective aesthetic.

But the DVD is the main attraction here. This has to be one of the more striking concert films ever produced, succeeding in part because it isn't a traditional concert film at all. The aim instead was to present a more abstract interpretation of the Sigur Rós soundworld, shot on grainy high-contrast black and white film stock (or its digital HD equivalent, most likely) and artificially enhanced with epileptic editing and a panoply of visual treatments.

The evocative faux-antique style nicely captures the moody, sub-arctic angst of the music itself. And to closet cineastes it might also recall the silent film expressionism of Murnau or Lang...or at least Guy Maddin, the Winnipeg auteur who gave us "The Saddest Music in the World" and "Tales From the Gimli Hospital". Interlaced with the concert is an assortment of backstage footage and brief interview segments (including an NPR appearance in which the band looks somewhat bemused and bewildered), plus a handful of bonus performances minus all the heavy-duty image distress.

"Inni" probably needs to be seen on a large screen, with high fidelity sound. But the film worked fine on my little old TV console, impressing me as one of the few visual documents of a live music experience worth watching more than once. And while the music itself doesn't break new ground, it's a timely and welcome restatement of first principles for a band just now emerging from long hibernation.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars "Inni" was a live album released in 2011 and I'm guessing it is from the tour of their 2008 album that has a title way too long to write down here but it's the one with the cover of the band running naked away from the camera(thankfully) across a road. I don't have that particular album and five of the tracks on this double album come from that one, the most of course. "Takk..." has four songs represented here while "( )" and "Agaetis Byrjun" have two each. The debut which I don't have either has one track featured here. There are so many highs on this live recording, it was such a pleasure listening to these two discs. I also felt with that 2008 album being represented so much it took away a little from my enjoyment, just not being as big a fan of those songs for the most part.

"Svegn-G-Englar" along with "Ny Batteri" both from "Agaetis Byrjun" are top threes from the first disc. They both sound better than the studio versions in my opinion and they are the first and third tracks respectively. The opener sounds so cool as the crowd buzzes and the atmosphere rolls in followed by cheers as the band steps out. We get those "pings" pretty much throughout reminding me of FLOYD's "Echoes". Check out the organ before 6 minutes and the guitar before 9 minutes. I love the way the sound rises in power then falls throughout. "Ny Batteri" also opens with atmosphere as we get outbursts of power that come and go. It kicks in with power after 5 1/2 minutes and I love the vocals before 8 minutes.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Listening diary 13th April, 2022: Sigur R's - 'nni (post-rock, 2011) I'm gonna be honest, seeing Sigur R's live didn't totally blow me away. I learned since then not to have inflated expectations for artists that feel like they should be good live, because it was a serviceable show in a soulles ... (read more)

Report this review (#2737281) | Posted by Gallifrey | Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Some time ago, I bought the album 'Agaetis Byrjun', and other than the famous song 'Svefn-g- englar', wasn't that impressed. The thing is, I always felt that there was more to them, it was just a case of getting some help. I'd even recorded their film 'Heima' off the television, and without hav ... (read more)

Report this review (#965439) | Posted by sussexbowler | Monday, May 27, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Inni is a beautiful piece marked by astonishing creativity and masterful musicianship. Sigur Rós delivers with this dvd. The entirety is truly emotionally charged. Even though it is mostly Icelandic (or Hopelandic, which lends even less meaning), the viewer still feels the emotion pouring from ... (read more)

Report this review (#600488) | Posted by PorcupineThief | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Inni is Sigur Ros' first live album and second live DVD. Like Heima before it, it would be inaccurate to call Inni a "concert DVD". They both are minimalistic and introspective films that weave the Sigur Ros' music with their surroundings; however, the similarities stop there. Heima is a more opt ... (read more)

Report this review (#563989) | Posted by Earendil | Monday, November 7, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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