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3.64 | 129 ratings | 6 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Brennisteinn (Brimstone) (7:43)
2. Hrafntinna (Obsidian) (6:22)
3. Ísjaki (Iceberg) (5:03)
4. Yfirborð (Surface) (4:19)
5. Stormur (Storm) (4:55)
6. Kveikur (Fuse, or Candlewick) (5:55)
7. Rafstraumur (Electric Current) (4:57)
8. Bláþráður (Thin Thread) (5:11)
9. Var (Was/Shelter) (3:44)

Total Time: 48:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Jón Þór Birgisson / ?
- Georg Hólm / ?
- Orri Páll Dýrason / ?

- Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson / brass arrangement
- Daníel Bjarnason / string arrangement
- Sigrún Jónsdóttir / brass
- Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson / brass
- Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir / brass
- Borgar Magnason / strings
- Margrét Árnadóttir / strings
- Pálína Árnadóttir / strings
- Una Sveinbjarnardóttir / strings
- Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir / strings

Releases information

Artwork: Sarah Hopper with Lygia Clark (photo)

CD XL Recordings ‎- XLCD606 (2013, Europe)
CD XL Recordings ‎- XLCD606 (2013, US)

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SIGUR RÓS Kveikur ratings distribution

(129 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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SIGUR RÓS Kveikur reviews

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Review by The Truth
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4 stars Sigur Ros is a band that needs no introduction, they are at the forefront of the post-rock music scene and have made sounds within that genre that no other band has managed to imitate. Kveikur is the second album following their small hiatus two years ago and the follow-up to one of my favorite albums of 2012 Valtari.

Speaking of Valtari, a wispy ambient-tinged post-rock masterwork, Kveikur is that album's about face. When I first heard the opening track Brennisteinn on youtube, I was quite stunned. There was a noisy, rusty, powerful booming track of post-rock with vocals from Jonsi that are almost at times demonic. The raw energy just emanated from it so beautifully. If every track sounded like Brennisteinn, Sigur Ros would have a masterpiece that sounds like nothing they have ever done before.

But that is not the case, it definitely sounds like nothing they've ever done before, the heavier more doom-invoking sound emanates through the rest of the album but none of the other tracks stun me quite as much as the opener. I still like them, however, the title track in particular is a lovely song. Every song is perhaps a bit more toned done, but that's not to say they are generic Sigur Ros, they are experiments in their own right and most if not all of them go the right direction.

Excellent and significantly different follow-up to Valtari, just not quite as fantastic.

Review by Neu!mann
3 stars The latest Sigur Rós CD hasn't earned much attention yet on these pages: evidence, maybe, that their soporific ought-twelve album "Valtari" lulled even diehard fans into a blissfully narcotized coma. The band has since been reduced to a trio, and to compensate for the loss of their keyboard player the rhythm section was pushed forward in the mix, overwhelming even the awesome drone of Jónsi Birgisson's bowed electric guitar.

The end result is a surprising return to a younger, heavier Sigur Rós, while still marking a bold step forward in style and attitude. The new album takes the ethereal soundscapes that have always defined the Sigur Rós sound and forges them into a louder and more powerful noise, reminiscent at times of the Texas quartet EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY enjoying a Scandinavian vacation. Gone are the extended Post Rock crescendos, replaced by something approaching the icy extremities of Post Pop: a dense, agitated, surging wall of music with a welcome ray of bright arctic sunlight at its heart.

In a different setting the album might have sounded (almost) conventional. Songs like "Ísjaki" and "Stormur" are as accessible as this enigmatic band has ever been, but the majestic tempos and trendy over-amped distortion happily mask the relative simplicity of the writing, without hiding it completely. And the weirder effects sound like BJÖRK somehow crept into the recording studio while no one was looking and tampered with the master tapes.

Analog listeners will have to forgive the noisy digital production, atypically 'hot' for such an otherwise wintry ensemble, and sounding in places like the bitter end of a fried sub-woofer (or inner ear pan). Notice how effective the quieter moments are, minus all the grinding percussion and distorted guitars. And the pair of Japanese-market bonus tracks add a contrary touch of formless, near-industrial ambience, showing how beautiful an inorganic machine can be when the cogs are properly oiled.

Otherwise the album makes a brave attempt to re-establish Sigur Rós as the primal entity they once were, instead of the spent creative force the band seemed in danger of becoming.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Sigur Ros had made their name as one of the most tranquil and serene of the post-rock groups, but whilst albums like ( ) and Takk were widely embraced, since then many had felt their sound had stagnated and become formulaic. Kveikur represents a radical shift, working in a discordant undercurrent of industrial noise which works a sense of lingering unease into the group's sound. Whilst taking your sound in a darker direction isn't an automatic ticket to success, in this case the radical shift in Sigur Ros' sound refreshes it immensely and makes them more relevant that at any time since the release of Takk.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Post rock kings Sigur Ros' 2013 album, Kveikur, is a pleasant surprise. I like this album much more than its predecessor, Valtari. Unlike that previous release, Kveikur has a bite to it. A darker edge permeates much of this album. You can probably see a bit of this starting with the cover art a ... (read more)

Report this review (#1046402) | Posted by FunkyM | Friday, September 27, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I love Sigur Ros, but I don't know about the last album, I feel Sveinsson's departure was really noticeable. It is clear that Jonsi is the leader, but all the members really share a great deal and Sveinsson always played the piano parts in a way that made the music beautiful, dreaming, imagina ... (read more)

Report this review (#1016856) | Posted by Memo_anathemo | Monday, August 12, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The unorthodox-ness of Sigur Ros is (for me at least) part of their attraction. That they may challenge sound generally, for their cause, is what interests me. But making sounds for the sake of it probably won't pay the bills... So it's finding the right mix... Initially, I felt that the bala ... (read more)

Report this review (#992089) | Posted by sussexbowler | Friday, July 5, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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