Ágætis Byrjun - Sigur Rós
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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 142

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  1. Aug 22, 2010
    10
    im glad it was given the reviews it deserves. definitely one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time
  2. Jun 16, 2011
    10
    Complete and utterly sublime from beginning to end. No other band can capture an atmospheric, mesmerizing, haunting yet beautiful sound like Sigur Ros has done with this album. It's not an easy listen but to the most patient, it is one of the most unique musical experiences you will ever have.
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    I think that many people may wonder how come a band from Iceland singing in Icelandic, a language that about 300.000 people around the world speak, instead of singing in English, the lingua franca of music nowadays, and made such a breakthrough in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. This album answers how they have done it. It is perhaps one of the greatest musicI think that many people may wonder how come a band from Iceland singing in Icelandic, a language that about 300.000 people around the world speak, instead of singing in English, the lingua franca of music nowadays, and made such a breakthrough in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. This album answers how they have done it. It is perhaps one of the greatest music albums that have been released in the last 15 years. Expand
  4. May 6, 2011
    10
    It's scary how drawn you get to the music. The enchanting feel of the strings along with Jonsi's eerie falsetto creates a musical beauty that will be near impossible for other bands to attempt. If you liked Kid A or Since I Left You, or In Rainbows this album is for you.
  5. Jun 22, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers. Definitivamente el mejor álbum de su tiempo. Los sonidos tan extravagantes y bizarros en algunas de sus canciones es encantador. Este es el verdadero arte. Collapse
  6. Mar 18, 2012
    10
    Although Sigur Rós isn't for those who is accustomed to popular radio stations, their second studio album Ã
  7. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    Since 'Svefn-g-englar' to 'Avalon', these masters of post-rock can express hundreds of emotions every second of his songs, and although in some songs the words are incomprehensible due to its pronounce in Vonlenska, the musical and expressive quality of this album make it a work that should be heard by all people.
  8. Dec 6, 2012
    9
    Brilliant! Even if you don't look at the English translations, you get touched by this album so hard. Sigur Rós is one of the best music groups of all time and they show it off with this fantastic CD. It's like an independent movie that gets all of your attention because it's so inexplicably ingenious. Not every song itself gets a top rating (actually, only 3 of them) but the wholeBrilliant! Even if you don't look at the English translations, you get touched by this album so hard. Sigur Rós is one of the best music groups of all time and they show it off with this fantastic CD. It's like an independent movie that gets all of your attention because it's so inexplicably ingenious. Not every song itself gets a top rating (actually, only 3 of them) but the whole release is magnificient! Expand
  9. Jun 28, 2013
    10
    This is an amazing album. The intro and the closer (Avalon) are excess fat but the meat in the middle is something to sink your teeth into. It is an experience unlike any other.

    If you are a fan of the 3 minute 30 second crafted pop song this probably isn't the thing your looking for. Possible turn offs for some people may be the voice of Jonsi and the "on the surface" plodding these
    This is an amazing album. The intro and the closer (Avalon) are excess fat but the meat in the middle is something to sink your teeth into. It is an experience unlike any other.

    If you are a fan of the 3 minute 30 second crafted pop song this probably isn't the thing your looking for.

    Possible turn offs for some people may be the voice of Jonsi and the "on the surface" plodding these songs can seem like they are doing if you aren't looking for subtle changes and shifts.

    One of my all time favorite albums
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  10. Jan 26, 2014
    9
    One of the most beautiful experiences you can have with music. Definetely a recomendation. (Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd is another good one) ,
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87

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Each song drifts in and out of focus like snatches of street noise on a half-awake Sunday morning - no need to get up, just lie there and listen quietly.