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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. The fact that the emotional extremes are few and far between makes the album difficult to wade through -- its impact would've been tripled with about half an hour lopped off, but where to begin?
  2. It's one of those releases that takes awhile to seep in completely, and while there are a great deal of amazing songs, it doesn't move me quite as much as their last disc.
  3. Alternative Press
    100
    Some of the most evocative music of this century. [Dec 2002, p.97]
  4. Blender
    80
    Charming and enrapturing, adrift in its own unique, invented world. [#11, p.142]
  5. When the mood allows, and there's time to let it all sink in, an album like ( ) is indispensable nearly from beginning to end.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    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]
  7. Mojo
    80
    The album rocks, its symphonic depth and stratosphere-surfing melodies more affecting with each subsequent listen. [Jan 2003, p.98]
  8. The album coheres; it's a full body of work intended to be heard holistically, not simply as a collection of songs. But it takes some work. You must be an active listener to appreciate it fully.
  9. When it works its magic, as on the opening suite of tracks, you will happily sit mesmerised for seven or eight minutes of glimmering sonic twilight and translucently tingling ambi-organic pearly-dewdrops droppery. But when the spell is broken, as on two or three later tunes, when more traditional instrumentation turns up late and dishevelled for a half-hearted cosmic-rock supernova, the effect is rather like gatecrashing some purgatorial soundcheck by a Pink Floyd covers band in, say, 1968. Or possibly Spiritualized.
  10. A decent follow-up from a band who has already proven themselves capable of much, much more.
  11. Sigur Ros do this better than anyone else right now.
  12. So maybe there's nothing here more interesting or deep or significant than what it is on the surface: a very beautiful record that means nothing more than what it is...
  13. Q Magazine
    80
    A masterpiece of bombed orchestral elegance, at once expansive and intense. [Dec 2002, p.112]
  14. This impressive follow-up sounds remarkably similar -- it's just packaged more pretentiously.
  15. Spin
    80
    On (), the band steer their ghost ship into darker waters, erecting a vast, austere cathedral of sound, then sticking around to score a funeral mass inside. [Dec 2002, p.140]
  16. An overblown, overhyped dreamy swirl of sound that can't commit itself to being anything.
  17. More inventive song writing and a less antagonistic stance could have helped Sigur Ros create something as equally stirring as their previous album.
  18. It actually transcends its predecessor in its unsettling, under-the-skin beauty.
  19. Uncut
    80
    The music here is intimate yet remote. [Dec 2002, p.140]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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 »