The fourth album from the Icelandic art rock group was written, performed and produced by the band (along with co-producer Ken Thomas) at their studio in Alafoss, Iceland. This album justifies every amazing claim ever laid at this exceptional band’s door. Huge and intimate, orchestral and gossamer-light, rich layered and essentially Simple, it's the work of a band operating at the very top of their game. Takk
is an instant classic and might well turn out to be Sigur Rós' Masterpiece.
After a three-year hiatus, soundtrack-bothering Icelandic dronesters Sigur Rós are back to remind us what 'epic' really means.
Tough to describe without lapsing into clichéd talk of glaciers and volcanoes, much of Takk (Icelandic for 'thanks'), undeniably evokes the awesome spectacle of nature, making the human drama of conventional rock seem trifling.
Largely they stick to the formula established by their international breakthroughalbum Agætis Byrjun; drifting, orchestral hymns overlaid with inscrutable banshee-like vocals and sudden bursts of guitar distortion.
Despite the lack of progression on Takk there are some lovelymoments of playfulness, as in "Sé Lest" when, after six minutes of burbling glockenspiel and vocalist Jónsi's cooing, a chirpy brass band emerges to bring the song to a close. But mostly Sigur Rós remain grave, with skittery tracks like "Gong" which are full of shrill menace. Only after the tranquil "Andvari" does the album turn softer and less coherent, before the finalmajestic coda of "'Heysátan".
Takk. Our pleasure, as ever. --Adam Smith
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