- Summary: The Icelandic band first studio album in four years is a collection of songs stemming from several uncompleted projects, including the original idea to create s choral album.
- Record Label: XL Recordings
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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May 30, 2012The problem isn't that Valtari aspires to beauty, even if it's a commonplace, celestial understanding of it. Sigur Ros have proven they can make indelible music that's pretty and unpredictable, pretty and melodic, pretty and unnerving, pretty and inspiring. Valtari wants to be pretty and that's it.
May 31, 2012After the poppier MeÃ° suÃ° Ã eyrum, its refreshing to hear the slow, ambient work of Sigur RÃ³s that originally made us all fall in love with them. VaruÃ° stands out as being not only the greatest song on the album, but quite possibly Sigur RÃ³sÂ´s greatest song to date.… Expand
May 29, 2012Genrally a very Murky, layered album that is a definite grower by the second listen through. Those who listened to their 2002 album "()" and thought is as an Ambient/Soft Post Rock masterpiece will find a great and beautiful new land of shimmering textures, Jonsi's unearthly vocals, and Foreign pianos.
Much more electronically driven than the Bracket Album, I felt this also took a lot from the Ambient work of lead singer Jonsi and current Boyfriend Alex. Thinly Structured but still all the emotions, darkness, and beautiful Sounds that will bring people back to a moment in time, sad or happy. In the end, comparisons never really matter to em to describe it. It simply is something that exists somehow miraculously quite well together (Majority of the songs come from dropped projects and ideas from the years on) and bring this new Gem glittering into your ears. I have yet much to really describe as theres little to describe it with that can't be said, but its a pretty little collection of tunes.
All i can really say, is have some good headphones, a good memory to remember it by, and an open mind to what you like in a Sigur ros Album.… Expand
May 30, 2012Valtari may not be direct in where it should be going, but it is direct in where it _is_ going. This can not compare to one of Sigur Ros' earlier albums, Agaetis Byrjun or ( ), in that it is not a thick-hazed atmosphere with shoegaze textures or a slow post-rock measurement. This album is much further ahead from anything around. The hollowness of the album makes it seem soft and light-hearted. However, here that is not the case for the album's first half. The second half is what will take a bit more of listening to completely understand where it sits as opposed to where others think it should sit. This release begs to not be pegged as a typical Sigur Ros release, and it isn't. It's their newest sound yet, and it's their most powerfully moving one to date.… Expand
May 31, 2012Valtari is a compilation of works from unfinished projects, arranged in a characteristic - pompous style of Icelanders. On the album elements of the avant-garde classical music continues to lead, however band decided to introduce more electronic motifs and clearly indicate role of backing vocals - which is even visible in the "Ã… Expand
Jul 8, 2012Sigur Ros treads a bit of new ground in this album, but it's still the band we've known and loved. you could say Valtari is an amalgam of their previous works and the fairly recent Riceboy Sleeps (by Jonsi & Alex). for long time listeners, it may take a few spins to finally sink in; when it does, you start understanding that though the ambient approach dominates, the sound is still as grandiose as ever.… Expand
May 31, 2012I love Sigur Ros. Saw them live many times. Followed them since day one. Have everything. Have my little name on Med Sud.... But no, please no. This is not possible. There is no way anyone would ever eve notice this album it if wasn't published by Sigur Ros. It's a 5 mins soundtrack. It's something you'd expect from MUM. There is zero energy, no vision, no depth. I am listening and listening, hoping something happens and then it gets to the last song, so quickly and it's all empty. Radiohead keep moving on and experimenting and pushing barriers forward, despite criticism. I hope Sigur Ros have not stopped pushing forward. I expect more, demand more, demand magic, not silence. There are little glimpses of beauty, but gee, one really has to be patient. No, it's not a grower. It stays in the background and it does not take you anywhere. When I fly somewhere, I want to fly with Agaetis or () or Takk. They take you great places. Live they have a power and a delicate touch that are both sublime and unique. This album simply does not exist. Not buying special silly blanket either!… Expand
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