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Takk... [CD]

Sigur Rós Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001PWY4Y0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Takk...
2. Glsli
3. Hopppolla
4. Me Blnasir
5. S Lest
6. Sglpur
7. Mlan
8. Gong
9. Andvari
10. Svo Hljtt
11. Heystan

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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.

BBC Review

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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 5 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Sigur Ros are amazing, their music transcends languages, cultures and generations. I am a 16 year old boy and I first hear them when my 80 year old grandfather was listening to them. Despite not being able to understand the lyrics, their passion and power comes through in their songs as if I knew what every word meant. This is an album you can either put on quietly in the background whilst you work, or turn right up and be very moved by. Classic.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Given their presence in the pop world since 1999's Ágtis byrjun, you'd be forgiven for not knowing that 2005's Takk... was in fact Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós's major label debut. After their collective star was shot into the ascendant with Ágtis, not to mention backed up further by 2002's () and a couple of soundtrack assignments, the Rós was snapped up by EMI to begin work on their fourth long player. With EMI keen to get their mitts on some of the twilight majesty of Ágtis as opposed to the stark beauty of (), they couldn't have asked for a more fitting effort from the four-piece as they have offered an unabashedly mainstream affair, though still tempered with enough sparkle and artistic integrity to melt even the hardest of hearts. Cynics may argue that the band has well and truly sold out big time (and their songs' inclusion on near enough every single advert on television suggests this certainly), but even that can't deter from the many spectral delights that are as emotionally stirring as anything else in the band's back catalogue.

It can be said that the band on this CD sound like one at their most exultant and joyous, leaving behind much of the drama and tragedy that infused their earlier works with such resonance (even Ágtis had its fair share of tormented noise). Compared to the operatic wordless vistas of (), Takk... sees frontman Jonsi singing in his trademark falsetto about jumping in puddles, raking haystacks and the glowing sun, deliberately facile lyrics sung with rapt expression amid a backdrop of alternating sweet percussion and/or orchestral grandeur.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, again. 8 Feb 2010
By Timmy
Format:Audio CD
Sigur Rós changed my life. No other artist has ever meant so much to me, except for maybe Neil Young.

For me, their music has such a universal aura to it; evoking strong feelings of love, sadness, regret, joy. Everything. The emotion and beauty conveyed is just so pure and so true that it becomes much more affecting than the majority of music out there.

Stand outs on this album are:

'Takk...' - The seemingly subtle title track. One of my all time favourites.
'Glósóli' - A climactic, invigorating follow up.
'Me Blónasir' - Magical, joyful. Stunning bass.
'Mílanó' - A heart breaking haze of strings opens this breathtaking song.
'Svo Hljótt' - An epic slow burner.
'Heysátan' - Wonderful, simple, warming end to the album.

Obviously a 5/5 rating from me. I strongly urge you to buy this album, and their others for that matter.

Listen to it, feel it.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most beautiful music in the world!! 8 July 2006
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The first time I come to Sigur Ros was in HMV. My eyes were glued to the cover of Takk... I was wondering who they are when I picked up the cd. Then I put the headphones on and the music came out. I just listened to 3 songs, without a doubt, I bought it. It's better to sit down and have headphones when you listen to it. You feel nothing can disturb you, you are comfortable and your heart is quiet. Then you are totally absorbed into the songs and your mind fly away to Iceland with the music, it brings you the beautiful landscape, a moment of relax, a kinda sensation. Sometimes when I listened to it, it touches me so much that my tears fall down, I cry because I've got the joy that other music cant give me, After listening to it, my heart somehow is full, you come to know that life can be looked from other points of view, then you come alive again! I can't decide which song is the best one, but I`d say this piece of music can't be divided, say it as a whole, ONE.

If you are looking for some music that's spiritual and can touch your soul, Takk...is the right choice for you. If you are tired of listening to rock music, Takk...is another unique sound for you. For certain moment after listening to Takk..., You may think you don't wanna listen to other music, Takk gives you so much that you don't wanna destroy the mood, the feeling and the atmosphere of Takk. Go and buy it, you won't be disappointed!

p.s. if you get a chance, catch Sigur Ros live, they are so amazing! I missed their only one show in Hong Kong before and now I regret for not going after listening to Takk...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont judge on first listen.......... 25 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have to say before i bought this album i had never heard of the band before, however i have to say now its the only album i put on, on a sunday afternoon or when flying some place nice.

It may take some getting used to, but there again i feel OK Computer did by radio head and that was voted one of the best albums ever.!!!

Just have one more listen and let your self go, if you like Radiohead or the older Run rig, this band may be for you. Battered but beautiful in its own enevloping way this bands music will have you drifting to somewhere where your mind wants to be... I love them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
A beautiful album by an amazing band.
Published 2 days ago by Silka England.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant thank you
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. C. Stepien
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD quick delivery
The great thing about buying a cd is the ability to download as many times as you like. No argument from iPhone. This is a great cd with lots of quirky music on it.
Published 2 months ago by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sigur Ros album to have
Obviously for the true fan every album is essential, but for the casual listen, this is the one you need to own
Published 4 months ago by MS
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
I've had this for years. I sent this to my nephew as a present this time. It's highly original and very emotionally uplifting. I saw them last summer at a festival. Read more
Published 5 months ago by flowermill
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best.
Takk... is probably one of the best of all Sigur Ros's albums and never gets old to hear. The original and extremely beautiful instrumentals along with fantastic vocals makes it a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tberry594
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful atmospheric sound
Love this music. Very atmospheric and unusual.MP3 download so easy to do,listen on Cloud player on any gismo - perfect
Published 8 months ago by herontye
5.0 out of 5 stars so etherial
Saw this group in concert last night and they reproduced many of the songs on this album. Amazing music - no-one like them.
Published 9 months ago by Jodaisy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best IMO
The album is fine, but Sigur Ros have made better. Will be an occasional listen rather than one which is frequently played.
Published 9 months ago by Smithismund
5.0 out of 5 stars International culture vulture
Great cd, beautiful, melancholy, meditative toons. I love all of Sigur Ros's music but this is a classic to buy.
Published 9 months ago by Elle
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