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Sigur Rs


Post Rock/Math rock

3.31 | 173 ratings

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4 stars First collab review...

Sigur Ros, one of the giants of post rock, with more lays on than any other post rock band, in fact only explosions in the sky come close, with ten million less plays. This group has set the bar for many post rock groups to come, with their enigmatic sound, unique vocals, and ever present atmosphere. Honestly, at first I had trouble believing this music was being made by humans, no joke, I couldn't fathom men being behind the music of ( ), it's just that different, and that's why I love these guys so much.

Some say though, that they have become self indulgent, and now they're just making a complete spectacle out of themselves, and with their newest album, Med Sud, this has given many mainstream critics the leverage to say such things. The vocals are still falsetto, there are still cute little music boxes being played in the background, and hey, there are even naked people on the cover (a discussion I had with my friend itsy). This time the tables have turned a bit though, the songs are shorter, the atmosphere a little less dense, and the use of experimental instrumentation (Jonsi's E-Bow, horn sections) are almost completely put to the side, very very sadly. This album does have some new ideas though, faster tempo's, a more mainstreamy use of drumming and guitar, and a less melancholic way of addressing their songs.

The first half of the album is very different, if you loved ( ), this may scare you. The first two songs, are fast tempo, four on the flour beat songs, with an almost constant use of use of guitar or piano for NON atmosphere purposes, but rather for actual lead uses. When I first heard Gobbledygook I was horrified, I wasn't very impressed, but when I learned it was the intro to the album, I couldn't bare to think about what the rest of the album was going to be like. I was right about one part, a good portion of the album does follow this trend of being upbeat, happy, and non atmosphere, and really, it's not as annoying as you think, true, not what I was looking for, but not disappointed.

Then you go on to what I consider the second half of the album, staring with the first lengthy song, Festival. This song is what a lot of hardcore Sigur ros may call a return to grace, the first four minutes just atmospheric keyboards, and Jonsi's sweet voice sifting through so melancholically, the second four, an electric guitar slowly riffing towards a massive climax, that isn't matched until the a couple songs later in the equally epic Ara Batur. It's the last four songs though that really get me, slow moody song, with very little than vocals, and keys gently ebbing and flowing through your ears, putting you in to a cold, yet comforting state of mind, until All alright ends, and the music stops, and you sit there aching for more. Gorgeous.

One of sigur ros' best fifteen minutes belong to the end of this album, but really the album doesnt flow like it should. The album suffers from the same flaws as Agaetis Byrjurn, it is an album for songs, not an album for an album. Therefore the first half doesnt satisfy like it should, and leaves you a bit cold. Other than that, the first couple of songs can get a little annoying, but I completely understand if any longtime sigur ros fan is absolutely appalled by it, but you have to understand, if a band wants to move on, you are powerless to say otherwise, except to write a negative review. The album is good, but just doesn't live up to the standards of ( ), simple as that. 4 stars

Dim | 4/5 |


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