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  • Summary: After releasing an album with boyfriend Alex Somers in 2009, the Sigur Ros singer returns with his first solo album produced with Peter Katis.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
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  1. Like a garden growing toward the sun, the album warms itself on the vibrant arrangements and piano of Nico Muhly, who also suffuses each song with a cinematic scope that flickers with flute, brass, strings, and skittering electronics.
  2. As his main band disappears into "indefinite hiatus", console yourself with the knowledge that Birgisson has just made the best record of his career.
  3. Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros may be on an indefinite hiatus, but the group's enigmatic singer Jon Thor Birgisson, better-known as Jonsi, is filling the void with his first solo album, "Go."
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    As long as nobody mentions Aled Jones, this is exhilarating. [May 2010, p.94]
  5. At nine songs in length, Go is short enough that its purposefully naive milieu never becomes rote or oppressive.
  6. There's a connection with the contemporary world, with the apparatus and detritus that layers 2010 up around us all, that hasn't really been seen in Sigur Ros's music before.
  7. Turns out that melancholy is his band's key constiturnt, however for without it the result is a bit too sugary. [Apr 2010, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. Sep 16, 2010
    10
    This has quickly become one of my favorite albums of all time. My favorite tracks are "Go Do", "Tornado", "Sinking Friendships", "Kolnidur"This has quickly become one of my favorite albums of all time. My favorite tracks are "Go Do", "Tornado", "Sinking Friendships", "Kolnidur" and "Grow Till Tall" but there isn't one bad song on the entire album.

    Jonsi is a modern musical genius and everyone should give him a listen.
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  2. IlyaG.
    Apr 9, 2010
    10
    Perfect album for perfect people.
  3. TimmyB
    Apr 15, 2010
    10
    Simply put: everything Jonsi touches musically turns into gold. Dazzling and captivating, complex and serene, and unique. I started listening Simply put: everything Jonsi touches musically turns into gold. Dazzling and captivating, complex and serene, and unique. I started listening to Sigur Ros after reading the reviews on here for their album "Takk..."; subsequently, I love every album and now they are rivaling Radiohead for my favorite band. If you have an open mind musically and enjoy ambient elements in tunes, you should listen to this band and artist. It may take time to grow on you, but when it does, it's stellar. Their music (and Jonsi's with this solo effort) is so dynamic and takes you to "another place" when listening. Expand
  4. SonnyC
    Apr 7, 2010
    9
    Absolutely beautiful. Sigur Ros on anti-depressants, just as enormous, but on the other side of the emotional spectrum.
  5. Oct 15, 2010
    9
    This is one of my favorite albums of the year. Music arrangement and recordings sound amazing, so many layers. Great soundscapes painted inThis is one of my favorite albums of the year. Music arrangement and recordings sound amazing, so many layers. Great soundscapes painted in your mind by Jonsi. The low points for me were the extreme slow down in pass from the start of the album till the end. The album opens with such excitement and promises. It then slows down and never really recovers to that original energy felt in the first two tracks. Nearing the end of the album I became increasingly aware of the same vocal patterns in Jonsi's lyrics. Hold high notes on "Ooo" and "You" etc. and was just looking for something new.

    This is easily one of favorite albums of the year, but don't feel like giving it a ten because of some of the low points.
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  6. ScottB
    Apr 7, 2010
    9
    I would have given this a 10 as it is pure beauty (as is most everything Jonsi touches) but there were a few misfires. That said, I have only I would have given this a 10 as it is pure beauty (as is most everything Jonsi touches) but there were a few misfires. That said, I have only listened to it 5 times. There is not one song I dislike... they just don't seem to be reflective of what he can do at his best. I may be back to give this a 10 as the songs that I usually end up loving the most take time to sink in. In any event, this is a must have for Sigur Ros fans and a more "upbeat" intro for those new to this style of music. Pure aural bliss! Expand
  7. Feb 2, 2012
    7
    While it's a record with lots of positive elements, it doesn't have the same appeal as a Sigur Ros record. It lacks the bigger and moreWhile it's a record with lots of positive elements, it doesn't have the same appeal as a Sigur Ros record. It lacks the bigger and more expansive sound the band inevitably brings with them. Having said that, large chunks of the record sound very much like a Sigure Ros album. Definitely not musically, but in many ways this is similar to the Julian Plenti album released by Interpols Paul Banks. Very similar sound to their parent band, songs not quite up to the same quality and songs that don't necessarily belong together. Both solo efforts ar like collections of songs that didn't quite make the grade with their respective bands over the years rather than a specific body of work. Expand

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