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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. 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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Agaetis Byrjun is an impressively unself-conscious record that would have been difficult to make in a trend-obsessive center like London or New York. It is sincere and though its influences may be familiar, its beauty and tenderness are refreshingly new.
  6. '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.
  7. Ágætis Byrjun is one of the most sublimely immersive albums to come along in ages.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 52
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  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. JimmyH.
    Dec 11, 2007
    9
    truly moving album, it evokes sonic textures that leave impressions in you mind that will have these songs ringing through your ears for truly moving album, it evokes sonic textures that leave impressions in you mind that will have these songs ringing through your ears for weeks, perhaps months after listening. Flawless except for the Overdrawn Ny Batteri, if it didn't take so long to get to anything good in that song then this entire album would be perfection. a must buy. 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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