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  • Summary: The fifth album for the group was was co-produced by Flood and its first recorded in less than a year.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
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  1. Med sud I eyrum ... is a beautiful collection that blows Sigur Rós beyond the place they come from, geographically and musically.
  2. Overall though, this is another wondrous album from a band at the height of their considerable powers.
  3. In this transformation, Sigur Rós have yet again set themselves apart from the rest of the music world, bridging genre gaps and inspiring many others to do the same.
  4. On Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust you can really hear the human hearts behind the wall of sound, and while the emotional impact is on a smaller scale, somehow it is even more affecting.
  5. Here, as on 2005’s "Takk," Sigur Ros have chosen to distill their rapture epics into shorter, more accessible bursts of swelling beauty. Yet this album still offers all the signature touchstones that make the band so deliciously unlike their post-rock contemporaries.
  6. Med Sud is less polished than the band's previous outings; it's still lush and finely tuned, but creaky acoustic guitars lend tracks like "Góðan Daginn" and "Illgresi" an intimate quality previously unheard.
  7. Things just go from mad galloping gobbledigook to spongy sentiment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. DayneB
    Oct 21, 2008
    10
    Exceptional... where takk, hvarf/heim, () and agaetis had mostly one kind of emotion, this invokes them all; joy, sadness, love, triumph, beauty, reflection, solitude... Sigur Ros sound like they are finally having fun while doing what they do best. And the results speak for themselves. There are "4minute pop-songs" (those who find this as a negative need to get over yourselves), epic soundscapes (see festival and ara batur) and plenty of moments that reveal themselves as precious with each additional listen. This album sounds the most unique since Von, is both spontaneous and focused which has been missing in their oeuvre so far. Expand
  2. JeremyF
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    I never give tens. I have heard a few albums from these guys, and while Med Sud might not be their best by their previous standards -- it lacks a lot of same musicality of earlier works -- it's still amazing. It's easier to listen to. Sire, Agaetis Byrjun and ( ) are incredibly complex, mournful, beautifully orchestrated records. This is not. This is a little more fun, a little more melodic, majestic, and not quite as sad. Opener 'Gobbledigook' is basically an Animal Collective tune, but it's still pretty great. "Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur (Within Me a Lunatic Sings)" and "Við Spilum Endalaust (We Play Endlessly)" are both celebratory bursts of fresh air, while the slower "Festival" and "Ara Bátur (Row Boat)" both grow to satisfying crescendos, the latter with the much-talked-about 90-person recording. The last few songs tame it down a bit, with the gorgeous "Illgresi (Weeds)" all the way to the first English song in their career, "All Alright." The English track is sung so slurred and ethereally that you can't really understand a lot of the English anyway, and it starts to sound like a foreign language if you don't already know it's not. Overall, this is a perfect album. Even though they shifted from cold strings to warmer guitars -- for the most part -- it's a very very satisfying shift. Expand
  3. jonc
    Jul 29, 2009
    10
    This album is beautiful and even the worst song (the 1st one) is still likable. def a step up to experiment with new sounds but also managed to keep what makes sigur ros so great. dont listen to some music critics who are full of themselves when they diss on great musical acts for making more catchy tunes. i can see that sigur ros is done with 8 minutes long songs and theyre trying to keep the songs short n powerful this time. Collapse
  4. FabrizioG.
    Jun 24, 2008
    9
    it keeps the line that Takk.. showed, but it has some changes that are positive, which remarks band's seek for new sounds. They've done a very good job at that, mixing new sounds that even can bother their most loyal fans... but i think they still have their seal, which is just unique. Expand
  5. May 11, 2012
    9
    More breathtaking stuff from Jonsi and co although I do think the first half of this album is noticably stronger than the second. Overall - pretty majestic stuff. More of the tracks start slow and build up to a big cresendo thatâ Expand
  6. AdamB.
    Jun 29, 2008
    9
    sure , needs some time to adjust but when its working and it works , your emotions do come alive
  7. coling
    Jun 25, 2008
    4
    The songs that aren't repetitive of other tracks on the album are repetitive of their previous releases. Instead of inspiring itself into the background, as "Takk" did, it tends to bore its way there, until you begin to wonder what that noise is and turn it off. Sigur Ros have peaked, and this is a clear descent into hack territory, despite the fact that they are only poorly copying themselves. Expand

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