This album, like their last, blew me away. It's not nearly as ambient and quiet as ( ), but it's a great sigúr ros album. From what I can tell, the lead singer is still singing in Hopelandish too, which I thought was great. For those unfamiliar with the band, the lead singer doesn't sing in Icelandic as you may assume, but rather a made up language that only the singer knows. Sounded a little pretentious at first, but I relaized soon after listening to them, that the point of Hopelandish isn't to make lyrics that no one knows, but rather to treat the singing as another instrument. Rather than speaking their minds, the vocals (and the rest of the album) creates a mood and atmosphere, which, because there ar no lyrics dictating the subject matter, leave the song to be completely open to interpretation. Brilliant stuff which I'd definitely reccommend.
Also, this is a side note, but I do feel that it adds to the purchase for sure.... The packaging is also very interesting, as it's not in a jewel case but rather a cardboardy flip-open case, with watercoloured abstract birds painted on it (at least i think they're birds) and really cool embossing on the front and back. I'm a big fan of interesting and creative pacakaging, and this cd's is one of my favourite. Not that it's the most important thing in the world, but since the whole "purchase cd's vs. download" debate is still very relevant, having an interesting package might be the answer, mainly because it's something that cannot be downloaded.