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  • Summary: The very, very distinctive Icelandic band generated an enormous amount of positive press (and deservingly so) for their previous effort, 'Ágætis Byrjun,' which led to a major-label deal and this album, which, like each of its eight tracks, does not have a real title.
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. 80
    The album rocks, its symphonic depth and stratosphere-surfing melodies more affecting with each subsequent listen. [Jan 2003, p.98]
  4. 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]
  5. A masterpiece of bombed orchestral elegance, at once expansive and intense. [Dec 2002, p.112]
  6. 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.
  7. An overblown, overhyped dreamy swirl of sound that can't commit itself to being anything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    Normally I'm not the type of guy for such short reviews, but this album is simply EPIC.
  2. Mar 17, 2012
    10
    For die-hard fans of Radiohead's "Kid A" and Björk'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
  3. 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 "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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