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3.52 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2023

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Glóð (3:39)
2. Blóðberg (7:16)
3. Skel (4:58)
4. Klettur (6:31)
5. Mór (5:47)
6. Andrá (4:07)
7. Gold (5:13)
8. Ylur (5:55)
9. Fall (3:27)
10. 8 (9:41)

Total Time 56:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Jón Birgisson / vocals, synthesizer (1,4-7,10)
- Georg Hólm / bass, synthesizer (1)
- Kjartan Sveinsson / piano, synthesizer (1,3-5,10), harpsichord (6), hurdy-gurdy, vibraphone (7)

With the London Contemporary Orchestra:
- Robert Ames / orchestra conductor (1-8,10)
- Ólafur Ólafsson / percussion (1,7,9,10)
- Ingi Erlendsson / trombone & tuba (4,10)
- Helgi Jónsson / trombone (4,10)
- Eirikur Ólafsson / trumpet (4,10)
- Snorri Sigurðarson / trumpet (4,10)
- María Sigfúsdóttir / violin (4,10)

Releases information

Label: BMG
Formats: CD, Vinyl, Digital
June 16, 2023

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SIGUR RÓS Átta ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (64%)
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Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars The Icelandic falsetto king Jónsi is back with his Icelandic friends to deliver the newest ethereal chill out from his majestic SIGUR ROS band, an act that pretty much dominated the late 90s and early 2000s on the post-rock scene but in recent years has fallen fairly silent. I have to admit that i have not kept up with SIGUR RÓS since its 2013 album "Kveikar" but i've noticed the discography filling up ever since. Well as it turns out that was their last official albums and all those releases in between were either soundtracks, remix albums or an ambient project that has sported the SIGUR RÓS PRESENTS moniker.

This band has been around in some shape or form for almost three decades and is back in 2023 to prove once again who dominated the ambient pop sector of the post-rock universe only this time the band has gone full blown symphonic on us with a 41-piece orchestra to craft those fragile soundscapes that made albums like "Ágætis byrjun" sound like the soundtrack to the gates of heaven with an army of producers and engineers to bring it all to fruition. Technically the band has only four members this time around but ÁTTA (which means "eight" in Icelandic and coincides with this being the band's eighth studio album) sounds like a monstrous modern classical masterworks of the ages.

With an eye-catching album cover of a rainbow igniting in flames, ÁTTA may not deliver a fiery set of tracks but rather maintains the band's status quo as that Icelandic band that can emulate the landscapes of its homeland through sound. Icy and cold motifs slowly gestate like icebergs slowly navigating in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic with Jónsi's distinct vocal style captaining the ship. Very much in character of the band's earlier works, ÁTTA features ten tracks that add up to 56 1/2 minutes. In addition to this ambitious album that features a whopping 41 musicians providing the modern classical backdrop, it was announced that there will be a live tour with as many musicians to match. Sounds like one expensive event but SIGUR RÓS is clearly still about the art form above all else.

While the album is as impressive as the band's earliest output up until around "( )" or "Takk," what ÁTTA seems to lack is a firm sense of perspective and therefore falls flat as far as maintaining some diversity in the varying tracks. Pretty much all the tracks from the opening "Glóð" to the closing "8" maintain a nonchalant post-rock procession that eschews percussive drive altogether and allows the orchestrated atmospheric touches to dominate the flow. While there are really no annoying tracks on board, it's also the case that SIGUR RÓS has fallen into its comfort zone and pretty much delivers a set of tracks that have been done before and better for that matter. The fact is that ÁTTA doesn't add anything to the SIGUR RÓS universe save the pompousness of a larger than life orchestral presence.

This album is pleasant enough and if you are a diehard fan you will eat this up like Icelandic Þristur (fudgy chocolate pieces filled with licorice) but for my tastes i'm fairly underwhelmed by this comeback album some 20 years after this sound still possessed a major wow factor. ÁTTA finds SIGUR RÓS floating around by taking the business as usual approach and while this may be the right setting for a beautiful live tour which incorporates past glories into the mix of a 41-piece orchestra, as a new album this is fairly average. The world of post-rock has evolved significantly since SIGUR RÓS first unleashed this sound almost a quarter of a century ago and it's not one that really sounds awful or anything of the sort but it does sound a bit stale considering this band has tackled a variety of differing styles over its career. A good album but really nothing beyond that.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Sigur Rós releases his 10th opus to get out of the grandiloquent musical emotion, to create spaces of intimate atmosphere, to talk about the climate, the decadence with a note of hope. 'Glóð' major departure, the sound, the voices, some upside down, the bewitchment; the dreamlike journey with t ... (read more)

Report this review (#2944482) | Posted by alainPP | Tuesday, August 8, 2023 | Review Permanlink

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