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Jun 30, 2013I 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… Expand
Mar 17, 2012For die-hard fans of Radiohead's "Kid A" and BjÃ¶rk's "Vespertine" albums, this LP sums up all your hopes and dreams. Every track visually depicts the life of diverse humanity and internal thought. Every sound speaks of the dark and light that will make way and seep through your thoughts. Vast, epic, ethereal, compelling, challenging, original, artistic, wordless, innovative, and forward-thinking, the band will leave you in awe and expect some sort of change to your life.… Expand