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17 Jun 2013

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Jun 2013
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2013 XL Recordings Ltd under exclusive license from Sigur Rs
  • Total Length: 48:09
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  • ASIN: B00D6JR6WM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,173 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and brimstone 18 Jun 2013
By Jonathan Birch VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
All Sigur Rós's music is a soundtrack to the Icelandic landscape. Their new album, Kveikur, does the volcanoes. The record opens with the thunderous bass line of Brennisteinn ('Brimstone'), a pyroclastic flow of a song: a percussive, aggressive statement of intent. The pace, intensity and sheer loudness of this opener is sustained throughout the album. It's a real change of direction for the band, and unquestionably a positive one.

The cover art suggests a dark, heavy album; and it is, in places. The title track is particularly powerful, combining anguished vocals and discordant violins and screeching feedback to chilling effect. But it's not all like that. As with previous Sigur Rós albums, there's a balance between light and dark, day and night, hope and despair. The counterpoint to Kveikur is Ísjaki ('Iceberg'): one of the most uplifting songs the band has ever written.

I've seen a number of critics describe Kveikur as a 'return to form', but I don't buy that: it requires that at some point the band lost its form. The truth is that Sigur Rós has never produced a bad album. Even last year's sombre Valtari makes sense in hindsight, now we can see it for what it was: an elegant and understated way of tying up loose ends, winding up the band's time as a four-piece and its record deal with EMI. Less than twelve months on, Sigur Rós has returned one member down, but with a new label, a new sound and a new sense of purpose.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear Not 17 Jun 2013
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Sigur Ros are not mega mega famous, but those in the music industry know all about them and have done so for many years now.

Their fans are a loyal bunch and i place myself in that group, and over the years since i first heard Von played on vinyl i have been mesmerised by their sound.

So naturally Kveikur was a hotly anticipated album, even moreso with the departure of Kjartan and Sigur Ros teasing their fans with new songs on their current European and American tour, giving us unforgettable performances of Brennisteinn, Hrafnatinna, Kveikur and the sublime Yfirbor, the latter of which was the opener to the tour.

This new album is darker than anything they ever did, though Von still trumps all of them in the scary stakes, but Kveikur is so much more different. See, Sigur Ros have now grown up, and their sound has evolved to reflect this change, which seems a natural progression after the stillness of Valtari, or the poppy energy from Me su í eyrum vi spilum endalaust.

But for fans of sigur ros, new and old, this album will NOT dissapoint, yes it is more aggressive in places, more industrial sounding, even sexy in places, but its still very much a classic Sigur Ros, or will be eventually.

I wont give a track by track account of this album but i will point out the highlights, the biggest being how each song flows naturally to the next giving the listener yet another musical journey into the netherworld of Sigur Ros's collective hive mind, the first 4 songs from the album have been heard many times even before the release of the album, Bren, hraf and Yfirbor have been playded throughout their recent live shows, and Isjaki was released recently on the Sigur Ros website, so the first new song we properly hear is Stormur.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to any album collection. 8 Jan 2014
By Vin
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As an occasional listener of Sigur Ros rather than a fan, I do like this album as it has an edge that separates it from their earlier offerings in a way which adds even more to their style. It is certainly worth a listen. I purchased the Vinyl version and can promise that in conjunction with a pretty decent turntable and equipment, Sigur Ros sound great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sigus Ros go progressive 13 Dec 2013
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Sigus Ros always sounded a bit like the prog rock band Yes but this offering puts them centre stage as the leaders of the new progressives. It is much less post rock than their previous offerings and those that like 'prog' better than 'post' will like this album best. In reality there probably never was a distinction and this album closes the gap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great overall 11 Dec 2013
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Some wonderful tracks and a couple of rather average ones. But generally I love the energy and slight aggressiveness to the tracks on this album compared to SR's earlier albums. Music is a personal thing though - I love it, doesn't mean you will! :-P
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave New World 19 Jun 2013
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Now seperated from instrumentalist Kjartan Sveinsson, the trio that is Sigur Ros take an entirely different route with album 7 : the same, but different. No one else could make a record like this, but built on a foundation of guitar, bass, and drums, an integral part of the band, the keyboard/piano/strings that made the band matter and gave them the key dynamism, the drama, that made Sigur Ros so distinctive. With "Kveikur" the band have taken everything they used to have, and gone left with it : no longer airy, silent earscapes, but tense, dramatic, noise, built on crescendos of drums, bass, guitar/violin, and Jonsi's well known, abstract voice-as-melody work which somehow makes this the same, yet different, the same Sigur Ros ; in an artistic watershed, think of this as the same moment as the departure of Alan Wilder from Depeche Mode, where a key architect's influence falls away, and the band is the same, yet not the same. Songs such as "Brennisteinn", "Var" and "Kveikur" are familiar, having been in the live sets for several months, but at the time, felt incongrouous, as if they didn't quite fit, with the band now a rhythmic, coiled snake, reminiscent of the same kind of drama that filled stadiums for The Cure and Depeche Mode two decades ago. But also, here is a kind of music that is the soundtrack for thinking, for gazing out on a platform waiting to go home, for the absent minded meditation of washing up and reading. You might be forgiven for thinking it was all downhill after the fragmentation of the core quarter after 15 years together, but no. "Kveikur" is a promise of a continued future in the same, unqiue world, that Sigur Ros have always lived in. You are welcome to visit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good - but more of the same
if Sigur Ros is your thing, than this is your thing, however it is not essential, and is not a marked progression from Takk
Published 2 days ago by MS
5.0 out of 5 stars industrial
It's Sigur Ros, but not as you know it. Gone is the Icelandic ambience music of Valtari, and in is an urban, or maybe volcanic grittiness. Simply brilliant.
Published 3 days ago by Tim Weber
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Icelandic Music
I heard this on Radio 6 and thought it would be good to buy it.Consisitent tracks wuth unusual beats and vocals.Will look out for next album soon
Published 2 months ago by AdamEdward Hermitage
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your pov
I really liked this group when they first appeared and have tried most of their albums since... but then stopped because I grew tired of the emotive wailing that means too little... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TMC
3.0 out of 5 stars having to flip/change the record more often than I would like
This is a good album.

On vinyl , there are an average of 2 songs per side , and the songs aren't super long so it means having to flip/change the record more often than... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, just fantastic.
I couldn't say I have ever been a huge Sigur Ros fan, but I am familiar with their more well known work such as Svefn-g-englar, Hoppipolla & Njosnavelin (listen to them if you're... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars KVEIKUR
A good album but a prefer their first Album. I will play it as it is good, I think I am not so blown away as I was when I first heard Sigur Ros that lovely haunting voice!
Published 2 months ago by amanda cremer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigur Rós - Kveikur - (96%)
Taken from my last fm journal - http://www.last.fm/user/XfnSnow/journal/2013/02/24/5rb9kz_2013_-_reviewsratings.

I waited and waited for the mood to take me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gavin Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars good buy
cant understand the lyrics but just love the music and sound this group produces, and the voice range of Jonsi, nuff said!
Published 3 months ago by scoop
5.0 out of 5 stars Industrially Ethereal
A harder edge to this album but still other worldly and beautiful. Icelands finest back on top of their game.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. L. Bruce
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