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  • Audio CD (Oct. 29 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Run Time: 68.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006LLNU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 267 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Untitled 1
2. Untitled 2
3. Untitled 3
4. Untitled 4
5. Untitled 5
6. Untitled 6
7. Untitled 7
8. Untitled 8

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All songs are untitled. Total of 8 tracks.

Are Iceland’s 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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I normally ignore bad posts but comments like Finbar's make me cringe. It obviously takes a minimal level of intelligence to recognize the brilliance behind this band. Even if it's not your style, to label Sigur Ros as 'boring' is the greatest faux pas there is. Okay, I've made my point and he's not worth anymore of my time..

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!)
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Sigur Ros is not the "usual" kind of music. The majority of the negative reviews here state they are either pretentious, or that they cant get into the long songs and jibberish sung over the songs.
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.
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There are so many things potentially wrong with this album that it should just fall apart. For starters, the title of the album makes it hard to ask for in stores. Plus none of the songs have titles. And they're seven minutes long. And they're mostly word-less (and the parts that do have vocals are done in Icelandic). But somehow it still works. The album has a gentle, easy feel to it, and the songs really work together to create a bigger whole; in other words, each track stands on its own and yet still helps make the album greater than the sum of its parts. The best song on the album is the first track, made all the better by an award-winning video featuring children playing in gas masks. But be warned: this album is definitely not for everybody. All the songs are the slow, relaxing kind. It's nice to study or sleep to, but you cannot blare this on your stereo while you're driving. In fact, Enya might even accuse this album of being too "easy listening". But if you've got a few extra dollars to spare, and you want something different, this is a good album to try out.
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Remember those 3-D pictures at the mall that you'd have to stare at for about 15 minutes to really see the image. I was that guy that would stare and never see it. I feel the same way about this album.
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 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.
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With their 2002 release...let's call it "Parentheses," Sigur Ros has taken a massive step forward as the next Radiohead. I'm sure Sigur Ros would be appalled by that statement, but nonetheless it's exactly where they are headed despite their extreme efforts to be anti-pop.
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.
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