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This review is from: Meš suš ķ eyrum viš spilum endalaust (Audio CD)
Sigur Rós's astonishing 1999 LP, "Ágaetis Byrjun", was unreplicable. In the years since, they've made catchier songs and noisier songs; but nothing quite matches the otherworldly ambience of their early masterpiece. "Meš suš í eyrum viš spilum endalaust" marks a change of direction. In short, it's the first time Sigur Rós have sounded like a band, rather than a school of whales at the bottom of a fjord.
The first four songs are fresh, sunkissed, acoustic, playful: you'd hardly believe it's still Sigur Rós, but it all works beautifully. The message is clear: this is a fun album, a soundtrack for summer, for festivals, for beaches, for running naked across roads. After this brilliant opening, the album loses momentum a little (in particular, "Ára bátur" is overlong and overblown, with choirs and orchestras battling with the vocals for space in your ears), but it's all done with enough verve to keep your finger away from the skip button. "Meš suš" is by far Sigur Rós's most accessible record, and is a fine place for newcomers to start.
The bottom line is that "Meš suš" is good news: the successful sonic evolution of one of the most consistently interesting bands in the world today.
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2008 13:34:52 BDT
S. V. Parry says:
The University in Aberystwyth is a school of Wales, the collective term is pod.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2008 15:02:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2008 15:07:28 BDT
Jonathan Birch says:
Google it... either is correct. Though I think you are right about Aberystwyth.
Posted on 9 Jul 2008 11:24:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jul 2008 11:24:23 BDT
Jonathan Birch says:
I should add that this record has grown and grown in my estimation since I wrote this review. It's that rarest of treats: a grower.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2008 22:06:28 BDT
Rev Q Sand says:
i agree. it's a refreshing album that adds new elements whilst retaining what we loved about them in the first place. and "festival" is just beautiful. can't wait to see them in november!
Posted on 12 Aug 2009 16:05:23 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2011 15:13:18 GMT
G. Andreou says:
I was going to say I think you may have been a bit premature in overlooking the quality of the last half of the album, because it's moodier and slower it may take some time to grow on you (as it did for me) but I think it's as good as the first half, despite being very different.
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