32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Between the Mainstream and the Heavens...
Given their presence in the pop world since 1999's Ágætis 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 Ágætis, not to mention backed up further by 2002's () and a couple of soundtrack assignments, the Rós...
Published on 26 Mar 2007 by G. Bowden
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 23 days ago by Smithismund
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Between the Mainstream and the Heavens...,
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. Texturing the work also are distinct rhythmic scuttles and scratches, reminiscent of Aphex Twin's quieter moments or fellow Icelanders Björk and Múm, which help to imbue the pieces with an electronic fluidity as the guitar feedback soars alongside the string and brass sections. Obvious highlights include the singles "Hoppípolla" and "Sæglopur", the latter's piano chords helping to summon possibly their most epic moment to date and the former's irrepressible orchestral pomp never failing to stir. And for those who can't listen to these songs without thinking of reality TV shows or charity adverts, then the noble quietude of "Sé lest" and the giddy dance of "Gong" should serve as alternate remedies perfectly.
However, the true beauty of the LP is present first and foremost in the band's unwavering identity and their not sacrificing key facets of the music at the behest of promises of worldwide acclaim. Sure, Takk... is without doubt their most accessible CD with regards to its livelier, happier emotional meter than their previous work as well as the glossy mainstream sheen that positively bounces off of each of the songs (even the potential-filler "Hoppípolla" reversal, "Með Blóðnasir"). Yet it still manages to invest enough of Sigur Rós's unique, elemental nature to secure their international status as one of the world's leading rock outfits and everyone has to give credit where it's due to a band that still sound this young, vital and effusive eight years down the line. Once the overbearing hype cools off, or all of those adverts come out of circulation, Takk... will be rediscovered as one of the best albums of the decade and a calling card for one of the most important bands working in pop music today. Simply magical.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.,
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, again.,
This review is from: Takk... (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.
'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.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most beautiful music in the world!!,
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...
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont judge on first listen..........,
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.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, thought provoking, emotional masterpiece.,
This is the most amazing album I've heard in the last 15 years. Full Stop. I want everyone who has just heard of Sigur Ros and thought to themselves, I need to find out more, to read this piece of advice/review and go and buy this album, you won't be disappointed.
It's a roller coaster ride, each track can put you into a certain place, depending on you're mood, and where you want to escape to. Essentially it's a beautifully sounding album, but its so much more than that. Let yourself go, feel the music, it's unlike anything you will come across easily in today's music climate, an album like this has to be found, and when discovered, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
In terms of which song is the "best", I prefer to listen to this album as a whole; I certainly wouldn't give it a disservice and put it on random on my hi-fi. If one track stands out, it has to be Milano, which could quite easily break you're heart.
The nearest thing I can compare this album with has to be The Division Bell by Pink Floyd. I say this purely because the DB, despite myself being around 16 years of age at the time, stuck with me, and still does, as being a great piece of music, and just different from what I was listening to in the charts. Takk comes across as being different, and as an alternative in 2005-06.
If I had my way, everyone should have this masterpiece.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sumptuous Feast for the Ears,
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not since OKC have I felt like this about an album,
I was wrong. I was more wrong than thought possible. It was delivered today and I have been listening to it almost non-stop since then. Not since the first time I listened to OK Computer have I felt this way about an album.
Each song is constructed with brilliance and care. Each song is beautiful and amazing. Each song makes me glad that I brought this album. Each song makes me want to thank you lot for introducing me to them. But that's not the best bit.
This album flows perfectly. Each song flows and blends in with the next. The first song sets up the second song brilliantly, and the way Glosoli just smoothly flows into Hoppipolla made me realise that this wasn't any ordanary album I was listening to. And what's more amazing is that it carries on. On most albums there are tracks which you could take away and no-one would mind or notice. Not here. Although I was a bit wary of the length at first, once I started listening to it I could think of a million reasons to keep it this way and not one to change it.
If you haven't got it, buy it. Buy it now. I'm off now to see whether I can afford Ágætis byrjun.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!!!,
In contrast to their earlier work Takk is definitely more accessible but this does not dilute it's appeal or make it any less of an album. The tracks are shorter too but there is much great music and I disagree with the previous chap that this isn't a good album to just 'listen' to. The album is positively packed with a level of musicality and depth that is desperately missing from much of today's music. Sé Lest, Saeglopur, Andvari and Svo Hljótt are fine examples of this and are amongst my personal faves.
If you're new to Sigur Ros and are not sure then check out their website or borrow the CD from the library. In most cases I think a purchase will be impending. Enjoy!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album Of The Year,
This review is from: Takk... (Audio CD)the moment where Sigur Ros' otherworldly noise hit unforgettable choruses, Takk ... is a uncompromising record with few concessions to conventional song structure or words and creates a world beyond words where sound is a painkiller that takes reality away.
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