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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 Bands 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 Ros's Masterpiece.
Many a critical evaluation of Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros has resorted to stock imagery of molten magma, omnipotent ice fields and burbling hot springs--and reasonably so. There's no disavowing the geophysical heartbeat which invigorates the very soul of this most supernatural of bands. Takk may well be Sigur Ros's most stimulating interpretation of their habitat yet--verdant serenity to pregnant anticipation to brutal paroxysms of volcanic thunder via icicle-like celestes, howling electrical winds of curving guitar feedback and hymns seemingly sung by castrato pixies.
Strange and overwhelmingly beautiful. Some may think of Sigur Ros as a permafrosted Pink Floyd (circa Zabriskie Point) and while it's facile to say as much it's an honour certainly worthy of them. There's a seamless, symphonic poetry to Takk where the exultant "Gong", the euphoric choristry of "Hoppipolla" (like the Beach boys turned into snowmen) and the National Geographic panoramas of "Glososli" blend with intuitive homogeneity. You'll wish you were here. --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
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.
'Með Blóðnasir' - 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.
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 Ágætis 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.Read more ›
slight ambient qualities to it, rich, deep, textured whilst also having a typical composer slant to it too. electric guitars sit happily next to cellos in creating this sumptuous sound.
They have a wonderful production on the album - giving this rich accessible sound, full of unusual organic sounds and textures.
It moves from peaceful melody to full on Crescendo with ease and is a very well crafted peiece of music.
in particular you will recognise the 3rd track Hippipolk from adverts on the telly and Gosoli is wonderous too.
Has anyone else noticed how Gosoli bears a resemblance to Nine Inch Nails 'hurt'??? the way it slowly builds up, the backing beats and gentle addition of instruments?
If you liked the way NIN's 'downward spiral' was recorded - ie with a very close 'intense' sound - hearing every little trinket or garbled note, a music where you can put your headphones in an immerse yourself into it - then you will enjoy this.
I wont go on like other reviewers about 'crying' and 'feeling my soul swell up' - but this music in places is wonderous and definately deserves a listen.
there are no vocals as such and no conventional songs - so please be warned if you are not into something a bit different.
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have fulfilled my true Hipster potential by buying this. But seriously, Sigur Ros never disappoint with their music, however, the sleeve/cover/casing was ripped at the bottom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elliot Davies
Bought this on recommendation from a friend. Much to be admired here with the atmospheric numbers and interesting layered instrumentation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer