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Are Icelands Sigur Rós the saviors of 21st-century rock or true heirs to the silk-robed-and-platform-booted, pompous progressive rock of the '70s? On their third album (first for a major label), they are a little bit of both. The group continues to mix the most interesting aspects of U2 (the anthem), Low (the maximalist slow-mo thing), Radiohead (the utter lack of irony in the quest to make meaningful art for stadium crowds), and My Bloody Valentine (guitar as texture), while not sounding like anyone else on this planet. The average song length on the eight untitled tracks is eight minutes, with cascades of moaning, bowed guitars colliding with low-end keyboards while the lovely, alien-registered vocals of singer Jónsi float on top. Dynamics are employed spectacularly, but half of the album is spooky soundtrack music that never really goes anywhere. However, the actual songs on Two Sausages Kissing (or whatever you want to call it)the third, sixth, eighth, and especially fourth tracks-are mind-blowers, spectacularly worth the price of admission. If they just stopped trying to reinvent the wheel all the time, Sigur Rós could really be a band for the ages. --Mike McGonigal
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This band's ability to break down social and language barriers and captivate millions of listeners worldwide is a feat in itself. I was totally awestruck since the very first day I heard Agætis byrjun. And they just keep getting better and better. Probably the most beautifully dark, stunning, gut wrenching track I have ever heard in my long music listening life can be found on this very album. A song without a name - Song No. 8, and justly so because no name would give it justice to live up to the emotion, soul and tension this song exudes. And to hear this song as the finale to their latest concert for their Takk Tour just made it a night to remember. The sheer majestic power and intensity of this band simply cannot be denied!!
An amazing effort from an amazing band..
Good job boys (and girls!)
The absence of liner notes, lyrics, song titles, and vocals which are meaningless in contemporary terms just enforces the belief that music is for listening. As has been stated by another reviewer, the only message they want to convey is emotion, and no other band i have come across can convey so many different ranges of emotion on such a consistant basis. It is for this reason, although they are my favorite band of all time, i dont listen to them very often. Mogwai, Godpseed, Explosions in the Sky, all have "similar" styles in music, but no one pulls it off better then Sigur Ros. This third album (Von being their first, and Agaetis Burjym being the second) is alot more relaxed than their second (and the one that made them known).
For those who can't sit through the cd...Sigur Ros is not a band you blast in your car as you drive, or play at a party. It is the kind of music you listen to yourself on headphones, or when you walk by yourself on your discman. Thus, it is not for everyone. If you are more used to or would prefer more radio friendly songs, Agaetis Burjyn is probably more for you, but you might not be able to stand that either.
Regardless, Sigur Ros deserves a serious listen from everyone out there.
Okay, first the pretenses. An imaginary, gibberish of a language that they sing in? The vocals that sound like a sick cat? And these guys are dubbed 'the next Radiohead'??? Maybe some of you like the fact that it's new and different. I do not.
I do like Sigur Ros's songs, one at a time. But listening to () from start to finish is just plain unbearable. Tracks 1-8 are indistinguishable.
I've heard all the theories of what "()" means and I've been told to think of the album as one-long song. I think people that say this are starting to see things in that 3-D picture that aren't really there.
Sigur Ros do some things on this album that I think are imaginative and quite visionary. They do create quite an atmosphere...one that becomes hard to listen after 4 tracks, but they do create an atmosphere. I am curious to hear how this band evolves. But I am tired of listening to this album and trying to find the genious in it that everyone else hears.
I don't care if Radiohead and DJ Z-Trip love this album, I just can't stand it, and I can't help but think that fans will listen to anything if it makes them feel elitest.
Putting all self-servicing art-for-sake-of-itself nonsense aside, this is perhaps one of the finest records I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. On their previous offerings I felt the "songs" were too ambient and were never really developed as complete ideas. It was hard to find a discernible motif anywhere and you had the impression they were making it up as they went along.
On ( ) they develop their brilliant ideas more fully, and often entire songs are based around a simple repeating piano motif, which they build from a whisper to a scream, and back to a whisper over the course of seven minutes. The production is always bordering on the outer threshold of experimentation; you are sure to hear things you've never heard before. However, they present these unique sounds in a completely accessible way, so although it's new it is also intimately familiar. That, in a statement, is the definition of musical genius.
The highlights on the record are tracks 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8. I guess it would've been easier to say what *isn't* a highlight, but that's just how this record is. To me, the far and away best song is track 4 (I'm not giving song names because each track is "Untitled"), which in seven and a half minutes embodies everything that is spectacular about this record and this band.
Some other interesting tidbits...
- There are no lyrics on this record. Some listeners have mistakenly reported that Jónsi, the lead singer, sings in Icelandic.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
please stop reading the reviews and buy this album. words cannot do it justice--as the members of sigur rós recognized also. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
This album reminds me of walking in the blistering cold in the snow. This Icelandic band creates soundscapes that are cold and sterile, yet can bring a tear to your eye. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Amazon Customer
This album is simply amazing. Powerful and overwhelming. A fantastic trip.Published on June 29 2004 by Joshua Kaufman
The 2002 Sigur Ros album, ( ), is a wonderful illustration of what happens when a band has absolutely nothing to say and they know it. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Nobody!
I had the luck to find this cd in the bins for $5(US). I was kind of apprehensive about getting it, because I had never heard their music beforehand. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
Well, since I was raised on prog-rock and eventually outgrew the excellent Pink Floyd and Crimson, it's been a long time since I heard anything that matched them in terms of... Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Rich Grace
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