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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Beatiful. Majestic. Awe-inspiring. These are just a few of the words which can be used to describe this LP. This band immerse themselves totally in their surroundings - the beautiful landscapes of Iceland - and use it as their inspiration.

every other review of this album is spot on, so I won't make this any longer than it needs to be. One of the most...
Published on 3 Aug 2006 by Alan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not their best
There is alot of sitting around with anticipation that something wonderful is going to happen and some times is does and other times it doesn't. Takk and Hvarf/heim this is not but it is still good and well worth buying. Best tracks are Olsen Olsen and Agaetis Byjun.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Aug 2006
Beatiful. Majestic. Awe-inspiring. These are just a few of the words which can be used to describe this LP. This band immerse themselves totally in their surroundings - the beautiful landscapes of Iceland - and use it as their inspiration.

every other review of this album is spot on, so I won't make this any longer than it needs to be. One of the most interesting things that I find when I read other people's reviews is the variation in "favourite" tracks. Svefn-g-englar seems a popular choice, but the beauty of this album is that everyone sees something different in it. I've heard people say that their personal favourites are the title track, Svsfn-g-englar, Olsen Olsen, Ny Batteri... in fact, I've heard different people citing pretty much every track on the album as a highlight (except maybe the intro, for obvious reasons). My personal favourite is Staralfur, with its sweeping strings and haunting acoustic guitar.

In my opinion, the strongest Sigur Ros album - slightly edging out () and Takk...

Incidentally, people who look at my other reviews may notice that there are a great many 4 star ratings but only one 5 star rating - this one. I tend to only review albums that i like, but i try and avoid the two extremes - 1 star or 5 stars. i try to be objective with my reviews, so, believe me, if i think an album is deserving of 5 stars then take it as red that i wholeheartedly think that album is utter brilliance.

Buy it now.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most breathtaking piece of music you'll ever hear!, 29 July 2002
Agaetis Byrjun is most possibly the most amazing album I have ever heard. Every track makes you tingle with emotion, and the purity and beauty of the wall of noise created will blow you away.
This album is the perfect mix of raw, violin- bow enhanced guitar, mind blowing vocals and a plethora of crazed, beautiful sounds. Culminating in a perfect state of blissful energy.
If your a fan of the more experimental radiohead or simply a person who enjoys beautiful music you should not be without this album. Listen to Svefn-G-Englar (track 2) and let your mind drift away into a blissful state of pure ecstasy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 27 April 2001
Having been a fan of Sigur Ros for over a year now I feel that I have only just gained the right to review their album. From the word go this album is inspirational. Iceland does not know how lucky it is. Jonsi's singing is at worst brilliant and at best simply majestic. Sigur Ros are pioneers of music using cello bows to play their guitars, drumsticks to play a bass guitar and even have their own mini orchestra. I have heard their music described as "Icelandic landscaping" ; an apt desciption. Calm, melancholic and atmospheric followed by sudden eruptions of sound comparable to an exloding geyser. Olsen Olsen and Vidar vel til loftarasa could become anthems of our time and on a rainy sunday afternoon there is nothing like listening to the sonar sounds in staralfur. Well done Iceland, well done Sigur Ros ; the music world salutes you.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop reading and buy this album, 24 Nov 2001
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Sigur Ros are a 4 piece outfit from Iceland, whose second studio album is quite simply the most jaw dropping, heart stopping piece of music that these ears have heard in ages and ages. If not ever. The sound of their music defies my desire to afford it suitable description. One review of this album that I read on the Net described it as 'the soundtrack to a Heavenly afterlife'. I will offer little that is more fitting than that.
However, reviews require comparisons and I would be failing you if I didn't provide one - however inadequate.
Imagine the sound of Air's 'Moon Safari'. Add the sound of Radiohead at their evocative, powerful best. Mix in the sort of piano and string work that would make you weep for joy if you heard it at Café Mambo. Then roast in the oven for 40 minutes at gas mark Melody. Double it and you have the defining album of this, or possibly any, summer.
10 tracks. One second short of 72 minutes. Chilled to the bone rhythms meet haunting instrumentation and ethereal 'Hopelandish' vocals to produce sheer emotion distilled into crescendo after slowly building crescendo. Pick a fine summer's evening, light a barbie, get some mates round; eat, drink and then watch them all fall apart as your new Sigur Ros cd melts even the hardest of their hearts.
If only one of you buys this album and, in short time, comes to agree with me then the mission that I currently feel I am on will have been satisfied.

"Agaetis Byrjun" apparently translates roughly as "A new beginning". Buy it. Treasure it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it. Your ears deserve it., 3 May 2006
For some reason people call this an album. It's really a story, an unpredictable story (for the first time you listen to it anyway) that takes you to a lot of strange and wonderful places. Sigur Ros only properly came into the public eye in the UK when they released Takk..., and if that's the only SR you've heard then Ágtis Byrjun may surprise you. It's as dark compared to Takk as the deep blue of the album cover suggests and singer Jonsi's vocals are nowhere near as falsetto as on Takk. There are two ways to listen to this, either get it on your car's CD player when driving through the Icelandic countryside in winter or just stick it on your headphones whilst lying in bed with the lights off. Apart from Olsen Olsen, all the songs have actual Icelandic lyrics, which the whole of () and a fair bit of Takk do not, but if you don't understand Icelandic you can still make up what it all means as you listen just the same, that's probably the best way.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring beauty that is just amazing, every time, 19 Dec 2005
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I have been listening to this album for about 3 years now, and I still can't get enough of it. It has an amazing magical, mystical, floating quality which sends you cruising over deep fjords, icy mountains and eery barren volcanic landscapes. I love the fact that I can't understand what the lyrics are about; you can just let it all wash over you and give it your own meaning, should you choose to. I just found the translations of the lyrics tonight on the net: they are very interesting and poetic. Icelandic (or Hopelandic!) is a beautiful-sounding language, ideal for singing in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 Oct 2001
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neil_atko@yahoo.co.uk (West Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
the only word i can use to describe this album is incredible. The use of instrumentation, orchestration and dynamics is truely perfect. Unless you are fluent in Icelandic, you will not understand the lyrics, but that doesn't matter. The wonderful melodies float over purely beautiful music, this is enough to take you somewhere else.
It's one of those albums you can listen to again and again, something new in the music will crop up every time you listen to it. The use of bowing on the guitar creates a machine like sound and is high in the mix.
Thank God someone out there is doing this. Perhaps the future is not so bleak.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stara what now?, 4 Sep 2004
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I have no idea what this instrumentally-voiced man is singing about, however I really could not care less. Every now and then I hear something close to an english word: breathe, it's you and north to name but a few. But these really do not matter - only the fantastic ambience of a reverb ridden group of instruments and a soft ethereal voice are important when listening to sigur ros.
In my opinion, STARALFUR is the standout track of this album by a very very long way. The heartbeat like drums and the simple guitar melody twisting it's way between perfectly written strings create a beautiful, enchanting sound that weaves it's way into your heart strings.
Other standout tracks include Svefn-G-Englar and the album's harshest piece, Ny Batteri.
If you are so ignorant as to say - "well I don't like it because I don't understand what he's singing" then please, please - give this album to someone who will appreciate the visual landscapes that this CD manages to create in one's mind...
(And you thought Jimmy Page was the best person to use a bow on their guitar, PAH!)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why i was given ears....., 6 July 2003
i dont understand what he's singing
i dont know what instrument is playing....
but i've never known any music like this....
i thought radiohead were experimental... until i heard this iceland gem....
i'm blow away to the point where i cant move when this cd plays, every note goes through my body like a bullet, i'm humbled by the vast knowledge that this group can offer just by one track.
this cd breaks me and manages to rebuild me inside out
and i may sound dramatic, i may be hyping up this album alot...
understand i dont usually buy male artists, i gave up on male frounted groups (with the exception of grandaddy, spaklehorse and radiohead...) but my god this blew me away,
his voice is at times almost an instrument of it's own,
i recomend this cd to any music lover, to anyone who is open to interpatation and has an imagination...
get lost in this cd
and then track down those other equally amazing haunting albums...
like mini films in your mind this cd washes over me leaving tiny lil shellfish in my soul
i love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine your favourite vista?, 17 April 2003
Think of the place u love the most. The place u would willingly spend the rest of your life at. The peace that surrounds and engulfs you. A place where time has no meaning. 5 minutes seems like a life time.Where your worries fade away, and all that is, is now and the moment.Where a smile seems to come over your face without you realising it. The view, the sounds, the air you breath, everything is worth dying for.A hot lazy summers afternoon.If you can imagine this then welcome to the world of Sigur Ros.A mind blowing CD. How can music FEEL this good? Serendipity at its best! Just sink into the music, and be comforted. Landscape music. BUY BUY THE CD. You will see what im raving about.
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