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"valtari is 54 minutes of blissful sadness and sorrowful joy...powerful and profound, yet simultaneously delicate & distraught" 4.5 /5 The Fly
"It feels really good to be in this band right now. Everyone's really excited again." Jonsi (Drowned In Sound Feature)

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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: PIAS Germany
  • ASIN: B00006JYMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Following the release of Agaetis Byrjun in 1999, Icelandic group Sigur Rós studiously honed their sound to develop a spellbinding mix of rock guitars scraped with violin bows, angelic falsetto vocals and dramatic builds of percussion-fuelled tension that offer all the ineffable quietude of religious music. ( ) is a heavier, more raw experience than its predecessor with experimental flourishes that hark back to their debut album, Von.

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The title of Sigur Rós' second album Agætis Byrjun translated as 'An Alright Start'. It was quite a down to earth title for a record that sounded like it was constructed from the stuff of dreams. As it turned out it was a slightly over modest title too, as its fragile, lush concoction of yearning, waif like vocals (sung in an invented language) and oceanic, slow motion prog rock won the hearts and minds of a good few of us (your humble reviewer included, who found it extremely hard to remove from the CD player for a good few months).

So it's difficult third album time for the Icelandic quartet. No title, no track titles, a largely blank booklet, which seems rather arch considering these songs have been a feature of their live set for a good year or so and have had titles in that setting. But labelling Sigur Rós as pretentious sort of misses the point (they're hardly the White Stripes after all). What they seem to be doing is stripping away all the trappings, leaving the music to exist on its own terms.

It's the same big, melting chords, swelling strings and bowed guitars, emotive climaxes and hushed comedowns, with tiny samples and environmental sounds hovering on the threshold of hearing. But after a few listens a bleaker, slightly rawer muse emerges, more reminiscent of Radiohead perhaps or even (on the last track) Godspeed You! Black Emperor. There's less of their wide-eyed wonder, more desperation at work (in short, more Thom Yorke than Elizabeth Fraser). They seem more content to stretch out, unfolding their songs gradually. This may something to do with the songs having been in the live set for a while; whereas the previous record sounded like the songs were conceived in impossible, studio mediated acoustic spaces, () seems more conventional, more linear.

Still, there's much of () that's immediately gorgeous in a way that defies description. It's early days yet and with music like this it's probably best to write about it after a year rather than a week or two of listening. So I'll shut up and leave the rest to you...

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Monkey on 2 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
...is two adjectives that come mind for this record. This was my first exposition to Sigur Rós. And on first listen, I was rather bemused. No really I was, the first time I listened, I am not sure I knew what to think, It didn't really make any sense, to the point where it stayed in dark deep bottoms of my CD cupboard until a few months later. Indeed I thought I had made terrible mistake, buying it, after all what attracted me that strange afternoon in HMV, was the beautiful packaging. And Indeed it is beautifully packaged, a crystal white slip case, with paranthesis cut out, covers the jewel case, which itself has just contains blank book of black and white artwork on what I can only describe is soft parchment. You could say it is represenation of what is to come, once you slip it into your cd player. The sparse emptiness of the packaging is certainly a visual metaphor, for the dark empy heavy drones that precede on the album.

Having put the CD on few months later, I finally began to appreciate these were more than ramdom drones, but evocative emotions that transcended language barriers. The album is divided into two parts seperated by a 30 second silence after track 4. It begins with "untitled 1" or "vaka" as known as its known by its working title, which starts off with a desolate piano intro. A feeling of disconnection and emptiness is what drives the both halves of the album, sparse drum beats float, while Birgissons "hopelandic" falsetto coo's lonely in a gaseous depth strings and other instruements.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By De_Nada72 on 26 Oct. 2007
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First of all, don't be scared that it will be depressing. It's dark, emotional and immensely powerful, is what it is. This isn't an album to share headphones for at the bus stop, or put on shuffle on your MP3 player with any other tracks. Possibly the only way to do it is listen to the whole thing, in order, in bed in the middle of the night when no one else can hear you. Or maybe on a plane. Or sitting up a tree in a forest after a long bike ride, where birdsong can add to it. They say you're meant to write your own lyrics on the ethereal pages of the booklet (be careful taking this out - it's fragile), and maybe I will one day, but at the moment I'd rather just do so in my head. Everyone on Earth should listen to this album at least once, and then they might just relax even for an hour and a bit. Track 8 is possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. The only problem I can find is that of how to recommend it to your friends - I mean, how do you say it?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Bowden on 22 Feb. 2007
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By the eve of the release of their third LP, Sigur Rós had ascertained an immensely impressive reputation in the international pop arena. Key surges in their popularity were fuelled by appearances alongside God Speed You Black Emperor and Radiohead at various festivals, generous airplay on radio and extensive soundtrack work (they featured quite heavily in Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky"). Like many bands before them, they had the world at their feet thanks to a breakthrough album and needed to prove their mettle with the music press with their next release. And, quite commendably, Sigur Rós decided to strip away the grandiose nature of their last album in favour of a starker, more intimate affair with their listeners' ears. More challenging and at times rewarding than Ágætis byrjun, () is of a darker hue than the twee and twinkle that peppered their earlier work, but still retains the significant magic to carry itself along potently.

On (), the band fully realise their concept of Hopelandic music that was briefly indulged in on their prior albums. The tone and feel of the pieces is more akin to Von's gothic religion than Ágætis' slighter melodies, though thankfully the collective musical knowledge of the group has improved tenfold since then. Here, lead man Jonsi sings exclusively in his manmade gibberish in an effort to blend the vocals into the overall texture of the songs, often coming up with bewitching results (hear "Track One" especially, which is movingly subtitled after drummer Orri's daughter "Vaka" when played live). The arrangements behind the songs are simpler, more forceful and gradually build until they reach the very pinnacle of the best slow-burn stunner pop music has to offer (hear "Track Three" or "Attachment").
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Twonko on 24 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought Ágætis Byrjun on the strength of a comment by some notable musician who I forget. I played it to death and loved it. So I bought some others and its () that has stayed in the car player ever since. It has just continued to grow and tastes a little different every time. It is very possibly the best album I have ever heard, contains no fillers and stays comfortably the right side of weird, unlike Von, which does get a bit much at times. After reading the other reviews, I think that to analyse the structure and meaning of it all is quite pointless. Just listen to it and take it for what it's worth. I'm sure that's what they want us to do. NO band in history does a slow build up quite like these guys and the ultimate directionless of most of the tracks is just part of the attraction. The new album, Takk, is good, but this is better. Buy it now and change your life.
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