Valtari - Sigur Rós
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. May 29, 2012
    91
    Sigur Rós delivers a nearly percussion-free batch of ambient soundscapes that may frustrate fans of its more direct predecessor, but ranks among the group's most elegant records.
  2. May 29, 2012
    90
    Slippery, shimmery, beautiful songs.
  3. Jun 19, 2012
    85
    While no one track jumps out as a single, the entire album is something of a near cubist deconstruction of the band's sound. [No.88 p.60]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. May 30, 2012
    9
    There is only one thing that Sigur Rós can't do and that is make a bad album. This may not be their boldest record, or theThere is only one thing that Sigur Rós can't do and that is make a bad album. This may not be their boldest record, or the poppiest, but it's definitely one of their most intimate and warm. Full Review »
  2. May 29, 2012
    8
    reviewing the work of Sigur Ros is tough because too many people evaluate their work relative to their previous work... rather than the meritsreviewing the work of Sigur Ros is tough because too many people evaluate their work relative to their previous work... rather than the merits of the album alone or comparatively against the work of
    other artists. the truth is that Valtari is a different kind of gem from Sigur Ros that many critics will try evaluate versus their previous work... which in my humble opinion is unfair. Valtari is still light years beyond what other artists are doing (or even dreaming of)... and based upon its own merits is a beautifully, transcendant album that, once again, evokes a great range of emotions. Valtari is the right album at the right time for Sigur Ros. had they taken another step forward from their last album, they very well may have been regarded as "to poppy" or "too mainstream." Valtari pulls us back and reminds us of the foundations that made Sigur Ros great.
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  3. May 31, 2012
    10
    After the poppier Með suð í eyrum, its refreshing to hear the slow, ambient work of Sigur RósAfter the poppier Með suð í eyrum, its refreshing to hear the slow, ambient work of Sigur Rós that originally made us all fall in love with them. Varuð stands out as being not only the greatest song on the album, but quite possibly Sigur Rós´s greatest song to date. Full Review »