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Sigur Rós


Post Rock/Math rock

3.98 | 392 ratings

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3 stars Sigur Ros - ( )

Even before writing, I can promise that this will be a short review, for, while the music contained here is good indeed, it is all very much the same, and therefore, it requires little in the way of description.

Sigur Ros is one of the definitive post-rock acts, some would say, and I suppose rightfully so, although their music tends to be a bit too minimalistic for my tastes (not that I don't love minimalism--I do, I just think these songs are not exactly benefited by the choice of such minimalism on this album).

This album was designed without track names or even a proper album name, as the band wanted the music to completely speak for itself, which it does; however, sometimes the music comes across as boring or derivative--the tracks begin to sund very much the same, which is not exactly a compliment for an album that spans over 70 minutes in length.

Now, the music:

The music here is all very slow, minimalistic, and highly ambient post-rock, with occasional climaxes thrown about and Icelandic vocals at teh forefront, which is, for the most part, pleasing enough. The entire album is untitled (tracks included), as mentioned before, as the band wanted listeners to come up with their own images and ideas connected to the music, rather than letting the band themselves do this. An interesting concept that works rather well with this release, which I believe to be their best, despite its flaws.

The good news is that most of the music contained here is very nice and well-performed, as well as well-produced. The bad news is that it all seems a bit redundant and over-long; yes, this seems like something that would've worked a bit better as a 4 or 5 song EP than a fleshed out album, in my opinion, and the overall album suffers on the whole because it is too lengthy and repetitive.

Recommended for fans of ambient music and of post-rock, but not many others. Worth listening to for sure, and likely more than once. Scores about a 6.5 or 7 on my scale, which is 3 stars on this one.

Figglesnout | 3/5 |


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