Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Based on pure sound, Von is just as much of a treat as the acclaimed follow-up.
  2. The beauteous wash of sound, an otherworldly choir; a dystopian aural experience, both blissfully narcotic and nightmarishly grounding.
  3. Blender
    40
    Slower into its stride, with tune-free twittering and dull homages to FX-pedal rock making up the first half. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.123]
  4. What it lacks is Agaetis’ singularity of purpose, as well as its understanding that atmosphere should be an aesthetic by-product of songcraft and not the other way around.
  5. Von is, in a sense, an ultrasound view of the unborn Sigur Rós - it’s almost fetal, an abstracted and vague representation of what would come later.
  6. Filter
    68
    While [Von] doesn't possess the astonishing complexity of what was to follow, it does evince the same sort of raw, visceral honesty and passion for perception-jarring experimentation. [#14, p.103]
  7. 100
    When layers of choir-boy vocals are added to the group's singing ("Hun Joro"), when feeble, naturalistic sounds are used in questing improvisations ("Sigur Ros"), or when acoustic instruments coalesce with a swath of electronics ("Dogun"), you'll find your jaw on the floor, too, stunned as ever.
  8. Young, earnest, eerie, and overzealous, Von is a unique, almost belligerently unaffiliated piece of music that unsubtly blazons its idiosyncrasies.
  9. Von is neither that bad nor that good. It is definitely not a clunker, and despite its rough-edged and misplaced ambition it succeeds quite grandly at times.
  10. It's a long, occasionally ponderous listen... but it's an impressive and rewarding journey that moves between prog, space-rock and subdural transmissions in ancient alien tongues.
  11. Hints at future sonic depths: swirling patterns, impressive musicianship and ambitious ideologies.
  12. Under The Radar
    40
    They failed handily on this effort, but as we all know by now, it was only a matter of time before they got it right. [#8, p.112]
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Dec 6, 2012
    8
    A magnificient work! I can't give it anything better than 8 because I can hardly give bonus point for lyrics and music. Their alternativeA magnificient work! I can't give it anything better than 8 because I can hardly give bonus point for lyrics and music. Their alternative style is awesome but it would be unfair of me to rate it better. Whatever, go and listen to 'Von', it's absolutely stunning! The title-giving track is so unbelievably chilling - it's just awesome! So much feeling without many words (and I didn't even understand them) or melodies. But it's no 9 or 10, because I know that they can do much better. Full Review »
  2. Jan 7, 2018
    7
    A decent sound-scape of an album, a few tracks stand out much more than the others, but the connective tissue between those stand-outs aren'tA decent sound-scape of an album, a few tracks stand out much more than the others, but the connective tissue between those stand-outs aren't boring or uninteresting, just not attention grabbing. This definitely makes me want to listen to more from Sigur Rós, and see how they have improved since this album. Full Review »
  3. Jul 18, 2015
    9
    It's hard for a less accessible album like this to compete amongst later Sigur Rós releases but this album is really great nonetheless and oneIt's hard for a less accessible album like this to compete amongst later Sigur Rós releases but this album is really great nonetheless and one of my favourites by them. It's less post-rock and more dark ambient but that doesn't make it any less awesome. I understand the unpopularity and I don't recommend anyone to listen to this as their first Sigur Rós record — but do dig into this, it's really great. Full Review »