Riceboy Sleeps - Jonsi & Alex
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  • Summary: Sigur Ros' Jon Thor (Jonsi) Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers release their first album together.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Put simply, it's a deeply beautiful record.
  2. It's more than just the counterpoint to electronic instrumental buzz-bands like Ratatat and Animal Collective; it's 68 minutes of intricate tension-building and release, with a keen eye towards the redemptive powers of contemplation--and nature sounds.
  3. 80
    These nine abstract sound paintings strip away the guitars, drums and vocals of Sigur Ros to liberate the avant-classical spirit within. [Aug 2009, p.87]
  4. Slowly bowed strings mingle with chimes and occasional vocals on highlights 'Indian Summer' and the 'Boy 1904,' but pretty much all of Riceboy Sleeps stands to mesmerize if met in the right acquiescent mood.
  5. While not an album for those expecting the driving, energetic thump of 'Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysinger,' Riceboy Sleeps is an excellent introduction to Birgisson and Somer's work. [Summer 2009, p.62]
  6. 60
    The strongest parts of this record have a yearning, almost devotional quality which can unlock something in the patient listeners. [Aug 2009, p.96]
  7. Riceboy Sleeps' is a tedious album of orchestral drones, produced by manipulating piano, strings and choir samples on solar-powered laptops

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JeffW.
    Jul 27, 2009
    Great album!
  2. David
    Jul 22, 2009
    One of the better records of the year. Majestic, serene, emotional...and not just for the Sigur Ros following.
  3. Feb 2, 2012
    A very interesting ambience collaboration between the Sigure Ros man and his boyfriend Alex Somers. Unlike Jonsi's solo record, this bears little resemblance to the Sigure Ros sound. It's the kind of music you can immerse yourself in if you were meditating or relaxing somewhere. It really takes you away. It doesn't really have any traditional songs but is made up of a series of sprawling tracks. I'd recommend for pre sleep listening or listening to while in the bath - that's not saying it's boring, its saying its a chillax album. Expand
  4. davidM
    Jul 21, 2009
    Vapid, and lacking any emotional content. I didn't think you could make an entire album out of DVD menu music.