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, 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. 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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  1. TylerB.
    May 11, 2002
    10
    i love this album! any idiot would know that this is a must have.
  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. Indescribable. Collapse
  3. SamF
    Jul 27, 2005
    10
    A stunning, beautiful fusion of electronica, orchestral, rock and raw emotional singing. Highly recommended for anyone who loves music.
  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 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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