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  • Summary: This is the fifth album for the Icelandic group.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 80
    Illuminated, with its wistful wordless vocals, keening melody and swooping strings, is arguably a career peak. [Sep 2009, p.102]
  2. The album is at many times more open and engaging than some of those earlier gems and has a lighthearted nature that retains the balance of sating old fans and sparking new ones.
  3. 74
    On Sing, through chipper dulcimers, ukuleles and tons of brass, the outfit makes maelodies that, though still weary, are joyfully yet vaguely reminiscent of Pet Sounds-era Brian Wilson. [Fall 2009, p.92]
  4. 60
    Tinkling lo-fi arrangements evoke the scarred spookiness of mid-period Sparklehorse, rendering the whole charmingly (and sometimes chillingly) child-like. [Sep 2009, p.88]
  5. It's a sweet hotpot of northern European record-making.
  6. There's not a truly objectionable moment on the album, but neither are there many memorable ones, making it an album as difficult to genuinely like as to dislike.
  7. The songs are generally slow, samey, and sleep-inducing, and the lyrics, any language differences notwithstanding, are hard to take seriously, even for a guy who raved about I'm From Barcelona.

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