() - Sigur Rós
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Some of the most evocative music of this century. [Dec 2002, p.97]
  2. It actually transcends its predecessor in its unsettling, under-the-skin beauty.
  3. The Icelandic quartet again create an ethereal stir with sparse, atmospheric melodies and a falsetto wail, often recalling the sonic swirl of Stateside slow-core acts like Low. [1 Nov 2002, p.70]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    9
    I have experienced a set of four Sigur Ros albums in what I would describe as "seasonal". Their most popular album, the previous "AqaetusI have experienced a set of four Sigur Ros albums in what I would describe as "seasonal". Their most popular album, the previous "Aqaetus Byrjun" felt like Fall. Plenty of emotion and beauty but a sense of heading further into the dark, sparse, and a place void of the light beyond the tunnel.

    Here we have which is just as beautiful but its cold and the saddest album Sigur Ros has made to date. And it feels like winter. Even the loud extremes are at a slower plodding 4/4 pace (exception being the last 4 minutes of the album). The arrangements feel like a funeral, and for me, evoke feelings and reflection on things where hope is lost, stuff is gone, and dead linger.

    In no way are these themes depressing in the music on It invites the listener to play with the uncomfortable; to work with uneasy and that which is difficult.

    Track 4 and 8 are indescribably wonderful

    All the rest is fantastic too

    Track 7 is really the only time where you might feel like checking your watch as it does drag

    With "Takk", the album which follows things get lighter and hopeful much like Spring

    A later album, "Endalaust" brings on the cheer and the bright a la Summer in full swing

    All four are completely beautiful works of art.

    One of the most unique bands I have ever had the pleasure of listening to
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  2. TKOFOX
    May 22, 2009
    10
    Mmmm... good. i like it when good bands make great music.
  3. TimH
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    As others have already expressed, words cannot serve as measure in talking about this album. The album literally gets better with every As others have already expressed, words cannot serve as measure in talking about this album. The album literally gets better with every listen, like a fine wine, whose complexity still surprises ones palette after many tastes. From the ethereal beauty of Untitled #1 to Raging finale of Untitled #8 this album will invoke the deepest of feelings of out its listener. One the greatest albums ever made. Full Review »