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Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun [CD]

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: PIAS Germany
  • ASIN: B00004W3MS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Svefn-g-englar10:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Starálfur 6:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Flugufrelsarinn 7:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ný batterí 8:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hjartað hamast 7:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása10:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Olsen Olsen 8:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ágætis Byrjun 7:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Avalon 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Reykjavík-based noise quartet Sigur Ros 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 Ros' sound. But in their music, Sigur Ros reflect all the breathtaking glory of the Icelandic wastes--a fairy-tale explosion of unhinged elemental majesty that's finally crystalised 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 Ros 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 Ros' defining moment to date, there's far more that Agaetis Byrjun has to offer; the pomp and flourish of a full orchestra on "Flugufrelsarinn", or the awe-inspiring near-religious mantra of "Ny Batteri". --Louis Pattison

Product Description

1 x CD Album
Europe 2000

1Intro1:36
2Svefn-g-englar10:04
3Starálfur6:47
4Flugufrelsarinn7:47
5Ný Batterí8:11
6Hjartað Hamast (Bamm Bamm Bamm)7:11
7Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása10:18
8Olsen Olsen8:03
9Ágætis Byrjun7:56
10Avalon4:00

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Aug 2006
By Alan
Format:Audio CD
Beatiful. Majestic. Awe-inspiring. These are just a few of the words which can be used to describe this LP. This band immerse themselves totally in their surroundings - the beautiful landscapes of Iceland - and use it as their inspiration.

every other review of this album is spot on, so I won't make this any longer than it needs to be. One of the most interesting things that I find when I read other people's reviews is the variation in "favourite" tracks. Svefn-g-englar seems a popular choice, but the beauty of this album is that everyone sees something different in it. I've heard people say that their personal favourites are the title track, Svsfn-g-englar, Olsen Olsen, Ny Batteri... in fact, I've heard different people citing pretty much every track on the album as a highlight (except maybe the intro, for obvious reasons). My personal favourite is Staralfur, with its sweeping strings and haunting acoustic guitar.

In my opinion, the strongest Sigur Ros album - slightly edging out () and Takk...

Incidentally, people who look at my other reviews may notice that there are a great many 4 star ratings but only one 5 star rating - this one. I tend to only review albums that i like, but i try and avoid the two extremes - 1 star or 5 stars. i try to be objective with my reviews, so, believe me, if i think an album is deserving of 5 stars then take it as red that i wholeheartedly think that album is utter brilliance.

Buy it now.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Agaetis Byrjun is most possibly the most amazing album I have ever heard. Every track makes you tingle with emotion, and the purity and beauty of the wall of noise created will blow you away.
This album is the perfect mix of raw, violin- bow enhanced guitar, mind blowing vocals and a plethora of crazed, beautiful sounds. Culminating in a perfect state of blissful energy.
If your a fan of the more experimental radiohead or simply a person who enjoys beautiful music you should not be without this album. Listen to Svefn-G-Englar (track 2) and let your mind drift away into a blissful state of pure ecstasy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 27 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
Having been a fan of Sigur Ros for over a year now I feel that I have only just gained the right to review their album. From the word go this album is inspirational. Iceland does not know how lucky it is. Jonsi's singing is at worst brilliant and at best simply majestic. Sigur Ros are pioneers of music using cello bows to play their guitars, drumsticks to play a bass guitar and even have their own mini orchestra. I have heard their music described as "Icelandic landscaping" ; an apt desciption. Calm, melancholic and atmospheric followed by sudden eruptions of sound comparable to an exloding geyser. Olsen Olsen and Vidar vel til loftarasa could become anthems of our time and on a rainy sunday afternoon there is nothing like listening to the sonar sounds in staralfur. Well done Iceland, well done Sigur Ros ; the music world salutes you.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop reading and buy this album 24 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sigur Ros are a 4 piece outfit from Iceland, whose second studio album is quite simply the most jaw dropping, heart stopping piece of music that these ears have heard in ages and ages. If not ever. The sound of their music defies my desire to afford it suitable description. One review of this album that I read on the Net described it as 'the soundtrack to a Heavenly afterlife'. I will offer little that is more fitting than that.
However, reviews require comparisons and I would be failing you if I didn't provide one - however inadequate.
Imagine the sound of Air's 'Moon Safari'. Add the sound of Radiohead at their evocative, powerful best. Mix in the sort of piano and string work that would make you weep for joy if you heard it at Café Mambo. Then roast in the oven for 40 minutes at gas mark Melody. Double it and you have the defining album of this, or possibly any, summer.
10 tracks. One second short of 72 minutes. Chilled to the bone rhythms meet haunting instrumentation and ethereal 'Hopelandish' vocals to produce sheer emotion distilled into crescendo after slowly building crescendo. Pick a fine summer's evening, light a barbie, get some mates round; eat, drink and then watch them all fall apart as your new Sigur Ros cd melts even the hardest of their hearts.
If only one of you buys this album and, in short time, comes to agree with me then the mission that I currently feel I am on will have been satisfied.

"Agaetis Byrjun" apparently translates roughly as "A new beginning". Buy it. Treasure it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it. Your ears deserve it. 3 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
For some reason people call this an album. It's really a story, an unpredictable story (for the first time you listen to it anyway) that takes you to a lot of strange and wonderful places. Sigur Ros only properly came into the public eye in the UK when they released Takk..., and if that's the only SR you've heard then Ágætis Byrjun may surprise you. It's as dark compared to Takk as the deep blue of the album cover suggests and singer Jonsi's vocals are nowhere near as falsetto as on Takk. There are two ways to listen to this, either get it on your car's CD player when driving through the Icelandic countryside in winter or just stick it on your headphones whilst lying in bed with the lights off. Apart from Olsen Olsen, all the songs have actual Icelandic lyrics, which the whole of () and a fair bit of Takk do not, but if you don't understand Icelandic you can still make up what it all means as you listen just the same, that's probably the best way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction to their music
My son introduced me to Sigur Ros years ago with this album.. A brilliant introduction to their music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mrs g w blakeway
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound
This piece of music makes the hairs on the back of my neck. stand out, every time I hear it. It's all the more amazing, because I cannot understand a word of it.
Published 4 months ago by Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Does nothing to ignite my interest.
I've sat through this 3 times, and am still failing to glean a grain of pleasure or interest from it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Polly M
A lovely cd very relaxing and interesting with several unusual instruments.
Unfortunately no translation so left wondering really. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Polly M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Every song moves you in a different way, their hugely expansive and experimental approach gives it a timeless originality, yet the whole album knits together utterly seamlessly. Read more
Published 11 months ago by B Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars The usual Sigur Ros quality
I'm a massive Sigur Ros fan so I'm probably biased, but I loved this album. This is a typical helping of Sigur Ros' post-rock experimental tunes.
Published 11 months ago by Rosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Very original.
It takes a lot to put me in a good mood, but this does chill me out.
After feeling Tak... fell marginally short of the hype surrounding it, I was pleasantly surprised by this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Calum
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album.
I do love this album, so, so much, and must emphasise that it is worth a listen, provided that you are open minded towards different types of music and are prepared to listen to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Late convert to Sigur Ros - this is astonishing!
I was in the pub one night and this came on. I was gobsmacked, couldn't believe I'd never heard it before. I asked the barman who it was and bought it the next day. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Keith Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars Album grows on you
I have been a huge Sigur Ros fan for most my life, seen them in concert etc... And I bought all their albums, because I thought I needed to, and at first I was dissapointed by this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chris
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