Von - Sigur Rós
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  • Summary: The Icelandic band's 1997 debut album received its first international release in 2004.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Based on pure sound, Von is just as much of a treat as the acclaimed follow-up.
  4. Hints at future sonic depths: swirling patterns, impressive musicianship and ambitious ideologies.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. TomBiswrong
    Oct 25, 2006
    10
    Umm, Tom B, you are wrong about this being a "later" album from Sigur Rós, in fact this is actually their first album. I just though I would make that clear. Expand
  2. TomB
    Jul 15, 2006
    9
    When upon listening to this album, I releazied that it is the opposite demeanor of the other albums Sigur Ros have made. There is ambient soundscapes of the otherworldly, to bright and heavenly, peaceful and powerfull music. If you became a fan of Sigur Ros from the other albums ( "()", "Tak..", "Agaetis byrjun" ) You will probably dislike this. But don't let the first song disrupt your ideas about the artists. Despite how different it all sounded compared to the other albums, I still greatly charish this one. So if your a fan of ambience and Sigur Ros, this is a must buy. If you're not, however, you might want to try Agaetis byrjun or Takk first. Expand
  3. 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 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. Collapse
  4. JuliaA
    Feb 14, 2007
    7
    The energy in this record is still raw,but unfortunately they didn't have the plan of what would they do with this one...but I still like 'Dogun','Hun Jord' and 'Syndir Guds (Opinberun Frelsarans)'.luckily they got things right with their albums after this one. Expand
  5. Jun 28, 2013
    3
    I'm giving this album a 3 because there are literally 3 songs on the whole collection. I love Sigur Ros and and I'm always down for moody atmospheric music but this has absolutely no song structure apart from Track 3 (Fantastic) Track 5 (Real Good) and Title Track 9 (Average). Kudos for being different but I don't need an album that is white noise 80% of the time Expand
  6. BearlyyB
    Jan 19, 2006
    1
    This is like listening to the wind. Agaetis Byrjun is amazing.