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5.0 out of 5 stars This is gorgeous, 27 Jan 2014
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Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've been listening to a lot of heavy rock so far this year and this album couldn't be further from that and by gum it is absolutely brilliant. Apparently this is an English "translation" of an album Asgeir released in his native Icelandic and hopefully it will be hugely successful. This is what people should be listening to rather than any X Factor rubbish the only problem may be that it is quite difficult to categorise. It's a bit folk, (In the silence/Summer Guest) it's a bit jazzy, (king and cross) it's a bit electonica,(Going Home/Head in the Snow) It's a bit Paul Simony (In Harmony) - choose your own reference points, but one thing is for sure, it's all beautiful. The vocalisation is recognisably Icelandic/Scandinavian I suppose, it reminds me a lot of St Thomas, but there are also celtic lilts to some of the songs and I can't stop listening to it. It's on its fourth play already this morning and is already in the running for one of my albums of the year even though there are still 11 months to go. It will take some shifting as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ásgeir - Laugarbakki Calling, 27 Jan 2014
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21-year-old Ásgeir Trausti is an Icelandic artist who has been shifting more units in his homeland than his more famous counterparts Björk and Sigur Rós. It is claimed that one in ten of the Icelandic population now own his debut album although if we note that the totality of human beings on this intriguing Nordic Isle is some 321,000 perhaps the statistic is not as mind-blowing as his record company would have us to believe. Still those who have purchased his music have on the evidence of "In the Silence" shown equal measures of good taste and common sense. This is a lovely album with echoes of Ben Howard, Paul Simon and Bon Iver. Behind it is the influence of the great American artist John Grant who has toured with him and assisted in the newly-translated English lyrics mostly penned by Asgier's 72 year old father in his native tongue.

There is a thread of melancholy that runs through the album that it gives it a slightly wintry feel although it also contains more joyous reference points not least the pounding piano driven "Torrent" which soars during the albums mid section. Asgeir's accent throughout has clear Icelandic inflection but like Bjork he uses it to massive advantage. Opener "Higher" is languorous piece of balladry with a woozy bass line and an excellent vocal. The song hooks you after repeated listens and this is repeated throughout "In the Silence". The title track does have Justin Vernon influences spliced throughout it but it is a great song. Another track worth seeking out is "Hide your head in the snow" where Asgeir rather obviously points out that "far up in the north... the cold takes its toll". Having never experienced the old polar vortex we shall forgive him that one for what is a genuinely lifting song. There is also some nice variation to be found within not least the funky single "King and Cross", where alternatively "Going Home" would not be amiss on a James Blake album. Overall this album shows considerable promise particularly on the outstanding acoustics of the final track "On that day" which is a real beauty.

In recent times Asgeir has been found covering Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball". In this reviewers view its better than the original but at the same time a little patience is needed. While such covers draw more attention to a new artists the music contained on "In the Silence" is of such quality that it can stand on its own without such exercises. All in all this album will draw many admirers and no doubt fame will follow. The impact that this will have on Asgeir's home village of Laugarbakki (population, 40) in the wilds of Iceland, will be fascinating to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive harmonies from Iceland, 9 Feb 2014
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Sabina (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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There is an instant lift with the opening number 'Higher,' and a beauty in the voice and harmonies, which do indeed sometimes remind you of Simon and Garfunkel. But the Icelandic flavour and Nordic imagery of its sagas (Gr La casts her spell...) and elements, mountains, forest, fjords, nighthawks and weather create its own poetry. There is "the joy of spring" in 'Summer Guest,' and "wind in battle through the night" in the exhilarating beat of 'Torrent.' Despite the wintery theme to some of these songs, the overall impression is of a clear wind blowing through the air, and an originality in the strings and Asgeir's voice which makes you want to hear it again right away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Simply Grows on You, 17 Jun 2014
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The more I listen to "In The Silence" the more I like it. It's a great album to listen to on a long drive, or simply if you want to chill out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so amazing, a must own!, 10 May 2014
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It Isnt often that i discover an album that i enjoy every song, this is one of those! I am so thankful that i have a great, independent radio station to listen to in minneapolis - The Current, 89.3 fm. I heard track no. 4 and i had to get this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought on the strength of hearing one track, 14 April 2014
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and not regretted. Won't frighten the horses, it's lyrical and melodic; I love it and hope to track down more of his music
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting voice, 9 April 2014
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Very mellow and reflective music delivered through a voice that is quite haunting at times. Strong collection of songs. Lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful, 5 Mar 2014
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Icelandic and Scandinavian music is a bit of an obsession with me at the moment. I'm usually hampered by my butterfly attention span in listening and tend to witch between tracks and CDs. This album is so very spellbinding that I have listened to it repeatedly, straight through, start to finish. There is no higher compliment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 27 Feb 2014
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The music was everything I hoped; it took me right back to Iceland. Gentle but full of emotion, melodic and wistful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! UNTRUE! This is great, 23 Feb 2014
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This guy has an amazing melodic voice. His lyrics are enspiring and conjour up beautiful images and thoughts. He's hot
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