Re-issue 2009. Emerging from the chilly climes of Iceland, the Sigur Ros sound is characterized by slow, swooping waves of atmospheric guitar and keyboards that move over their epic tone-poems like windstorms over a wintry plain. Hushed vocals are delivered in a pidgin language the group dubbed "Hopelandic." Endorsed by the likes of Radiohead, they became international critical darlings and hipster faves in 2001 with their breakthrough recording AGAETIS BYRJUN.
Reykjavík-based noise quartet Sigur Rós are the biggest band in their native Iceland, which should say much, much more about the collective insanity of that earthquake-ridden, blizzard-beaten crag of an island than anything to do with Sigur Rós's sound. But in their music, Sigur Rós reflect all the breathtaking glory of the Icelandic wastes--a fairy-tale explosion of unhinged elemental majesty that's finally crystallized here, their debut European release. Poised somewhere between the haunting soundscapes of Labradford and the lilting Celtic falsetto of Enya, Agaetis Byrjun is a truly breathtaking listen. Frontman Jon Por Birgisson sings in a language that Sigur Rós dub "Hopelandic"--an otherworldly mutation of Icelandic, sung in the falsetto cadence of angels; similarly, he plays his guitar with a violin bow, opening the floodgates for brilliant waves of feedback. And while it's the opening "Svefn-G-Englar" that's Sigur Rós' moment to date, there's far more that they have to offer; listen to the pomp and flourish of a full orchestra on "Flugufrelsarinn," or the awe-inspiring near-religious mantra of "Ny Batteri." --Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Favourite Album from Sigur Ros apart from their ( ) release. So glad it was repressed. Brilliant album, brilliant live.Published 7 months ago by Slowgan
I recommend this CD to every single pregnant mother I know. This CD is what got me through my labour. I laboured for 43 hours, and this CD was my life-saver. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2006 by MudFlap's Momma
Now this is emotional stuff quite like the "Angels of the Universe" sound track from Hillmarsson who is also Icelandic. The album is beautiful and often child like. Read morePublished on May 3 2005 by Elise
Emotional, electric, symphonic, at times harsh, but vastly beautiful, modern, artistic music from Iceland. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2004 by krista
This is my number one desert island CD. Orgasmic and haunting are the best ways I can describe this album. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by R. Salomon
I can only describe this album in few words, since there is so much to describe it with, it's amazing. Absolutely stunning. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by ryan
I'm not one to go bonkers over instrumental soundscapes - give me three minutes and a good riff, and that's all I really need to get revved up - but this music is some potent... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by M. D. Lewis