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5.0 out of 5 stars Valtari: A Gentle Beast
On Valtari, Sigur Rós meld the melancholy introspection of 2002's '()' with the dense, classically charged electronic ambience of 2009's 'Riceboy Sleeps' album, by Jónsi and Alex. The result is an emotive hour of bittersweet abstraction;, shimmering piano keys, weeping strings and otherwordly singing invoke conflicting and complex emotions of joy and sadness...
Published on 29 May 2012 by Ananda

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3.0 out of 5 stars Valtari Sigur Ros
A bit disappointing, hard to say why - you listen to it and do not remember anything that especially stands out
Published 21 months ago by clemency


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3.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing new under the sun,, 29 May 2012
This review is from: Valtari (Audio CD)
Sigur Ros I guess could be described as a game changer. When Agaetis Byrjun hit out shores in 1999 it took a while for the news to spread and when it did it was recognised as a defining album of the decade, packed to the rafters with emotions, new ideas, sounds and off course the complete unadulterated beauty of Jonsi's voice. Since then they have released a number if incredible albums, and we have been able to map out a journey of progression and development as a band, Valtari sadly feels like somewhat of a let down. The formula is exactly the same and while this in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing one can't help but think that Sigur Ros have now passed their prime. On a personal level I feel that they have become unappealingly self aware and with the current release of luxury Sigur Ros blankets, t-shirts and strips of band member clothing tucked inside cd sleeves, it feels like the exploitation of a brand.
If you have never heard Sigur Ros this album will still strike you as a work of beauty, but if you have been following this band for a while as I have this feels a bit like the second squeeze of an already used tea bag. For hardened and dedicated fans only. - Stand out track Varuo for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 14 July 2012
This review is from: Valtari (Audio CD)
If you like sigur ros then you'll love this. If you don't like sigur ros then obviously there is something wrong with you!! Give them a try with this cd, it's beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIGUR ROS - VALTARI - REVIEW IN FRENCH, 17 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Valtari (Audio CD)
Il aura fallu attendre quatre ans pour que Sigur Rós, groupe phare du mouvement post rock, sorte un nouvel album. Quatre années durant lesquelles Jonsí, son leader à la sensibilité hors du commun, n'a pas chômé.

Il y a d'abord eu « Riceboy Sleeps », un disque instrumental, libellé à son nom et celui de son partenaire Alex Somers. Ensuite, Jon Birgisson a sorti son album solo, sobrement intitulé « Go », une somptueuse galette enveloppée de joie et d'optimisme. S'en est suivi une tournée internationale des salles et festivals, et comme si ça ne suffisait pas, il enchaîna sur la composition d'une bande originale pour le film « We bought a zoo ». Je vous passe la liste complète de ses participations éphémères, et autres éclairs de génie isolés comme cette bouleversante reprise de « Time to pretend » de MGMT qui ferait croire Dieu.

L'Islandais n'arrête jamais, à se demander s'il lui arrive simplement de dormir. Et le plus incroyable, c'est que cette suractivité ne déprécie nullement la qualité de son aeuvre. La preuve avec Valtari, nouvel opus étiqueté Sigur Rós, qui démontre que Jonsí est décidément incapable de sortir quelque chose de mauvais ou d'inachevé.

Si l'avant-dernière aeuvre de Sigur Rós, « Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust », s'orientait davantage vers un format radiophonique, Valtari s'en éloigne sensiblement, pour revenir vers leurs premiers amours. Entendez de longues aubades sans tempo véritable, alternant les mélodies organiques, majestueuses ou simplement tendres, sur lesquelles Ruissèlent des notes récitées en Vonlenska, la langue imaginaire inventée par Jonsí.

Cet album ne réserve aucune surprise aux fans invétérés, mais il se caractérise avant tout par une douceur intense et enveloppante, déchirée une seule fois par un passage orageux. Les trois derniers titres sont même d'un calme profond, pour ainsi dire redondant. Valtari s'absout donc de tout hymne à la joie, tels que ceux qui ouvraient « Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust » et « Go ». Il n'en est pas moins troublant et, à sa manière, réchauffant. C'est, à nouveau, de l'art acoustique à l'état naturel, qui démontre la capacité de son auteur à greffer une toute autre dimension au mot musique. Mais ça, on le savait déjà.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 18 July 2012
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This really is a very good album from start to finish.

A fine album from Icelandic band Sigur Ros.

Great!
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