Ágætis Byrjun - Sigur Rós
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  • Summary: This sophomore effort from Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros (which translates to "Victory Rose") appeared on numerous year-end Best Of lists in 2000, despite not receiving an official release in the United States until the following year. Imagine one of Radiohead's recent albums -- or better yet,This sophomore effort from Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros (which translates to "Victory Rose") appeared on numerous year-end Best Of lists in 2000, despite not receiving an official release in the United States until the following year. Imagine one of Radiohead's recent albums -- or better yet, Spiritualized or My Bloody Valentine -- but with everything sung in Icelandic. This album garnered the band the 2001 Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement In Music. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. Agaetis Byrjun stands up in overall artistic merit to any record ever made.
  2. Sigur Rós effortlessly make music that is massive, glacial, and sparse..... They are the first vital band of the 21st Century.
  3. At its best, the album seems to accomplish everything lagging post-shoegazers like Spiritualized or Chapterhouse once promised. However, at its worst, the album sometimes slides into an almost overkill of sonic structures
  4. 'Post-rock', which Sigur Rós most assuredly are, may be little more than the shoegazing of a decade ago in an ironic T-shirt, but that's no reason to dismiss it outright. For a start, much of it is very lovely.
  5. Sigur Ros's second album proper features this astonishing opener ["Svefn-G-Englar"] and 10 others which, while surprisingly diverse, each reflects their penchant for apocalyptic serenity, overdriven guitars and teenage singer Jonsi's Birgisson unique Hopelandish language.
  6. They evoke folks as diverse as Led Zeppelin and My Bloody Valentine, but the gently woozy Sigur Ros don't sound like anything or anyone else so much as a classic-rock band bewitched by white magic.
  7. Waves of unidentifiable noise, dulcet vibraphone pulses and singer/guitarist Jonsi's ethereal singing (more like some ghostly instrument than any conventional vocal, borne out by Jonsi's fictional 'language', Hopelandish, which he often sings in) mesh to create an elegant, grand music that's equally ambient and epic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 51
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 51
  3. Negative: 2 out of 51
  1. JakeM.
    Sep 12, 2001
    10
    This album is a stunning counterpart to its 10 year elder MBV's Loveless. Refined, beautiful, and thoroughly inventive.
  2. FanMorgan
    Jul 9, 2002
    10
    Jesus, I've had this album for a few months now. I don't usually write this kind of thing. Perfect. Like nothing else in the world. Jesus, I've had this album for a few months now. I don't usually write this kind of thing. Perfect. Like nothing else in the world. Indescribable. Expand
  3. JohnF
    Jan 7, 2005
    10
    The first album i've ever listened to, that made me realise maybe music wasn't just entertainment, maybe there was something more The first album i've ever listened to, that made me realise maybe music wasn't just entertainment, maybe there was something more at work. This album changed my life! Expand
  4. Aug 22, 2010
    10
    im glad it was given the reviews it deserves. definitely one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time
  5. Mar 18, 2012
    10
    Although Sigur Rós isn't for those who is accustomed to popular radio stations, their second studio album Ã
  6. JoshuaS.
    Oct 21, 2007
    9
    First of all, if you find Radiohead dull, and any song longer than seven minutes long; you aren't gonna like this. Also, if you are a First of all, if you find Radiohead dull, and any song longer than seven minutes long; you aren't gonna like this. Also, if you are a Blink-182 obsessive or a Metallica worshiper or a casual fan of Drop Dead Gorgeous, Enter Shikari and the like, you won't like this album. sorry, but this music is more than "tunes"...it's multi-dimensional, and I guess some people just won't ever get it. Expand
  7. AlexF.
    Jun 5, 2001
    0
    Over-produced kitschy crap. This space music shite makes me vomit. Most embarassing high-pitch voice of all times.

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