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Sigur Rós

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.98 | 353 ratings

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edible_buddha
4 stars OK, let me see if I can get this straight...

() consists of one song... Really... Divided into two parts... With each part divided into quarters. How do I know this (I hear u ask????)

Hopelandic does not appear to have a lot of words in its language, with the same 'words' being repeated in each track. Also, this album appears to be not so much a concept, but a single moment with the varying emotions that consisted with it - the sorrowful/greiving emotions in part 1, and the underlying anger that bubbles its way to the surface so as to explode (and boy, does it explode) in part 2.

The musicianship is astonishing, ensuring that you 'get' what they are saying before going to the next musical sentence, taking its time to carry you to a planned plateau before the next shift takes over and takes you further in their mindset. If i speak metaphorically, then that is my intention, as this album concentrates almost entirely on Sigur Ros's ability to create the appropriate mood... the music itself seems to be what was found on the way.

However, one aspect of this album prevents it from being 5 stars for me. The first half is a continual journey and brings the 'sensation' of a constant flow and of reaching a completion. I felt satisfied with that, and, with tears in my eyes, saw it as a classic. The second half, however, is different. Each 'track' starts at a particular point to go in one direction, and when it is over, the band seems to think it has gone to the wrong place and starts again from the original point. They do this 4 times. It removed any aspect of continuity with the album. Not a problem really - just that this half should be heard as individual tracks. However, It makes it difficult to see this album as a whole.

The windswept cover, and the lack of song or album titles adds further to the emotiveness of the album... 4.5 stars for an amazing 'snapshot in time'.

edible_buddha | 4/5 |

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