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A misplaced hodge-podge? Or a pre-emptive greatest hits?,
This review is from: Kveikur (Audio CD)
I have been greatly anticipating the latest release from "Iceland's greatest export since Bjork" (as they are often undermined as... and that's coming as a Bjork fan)! To that end, I should begin on a positive note: Kveikur certainly surpasses their last offering Valtari, but sadly fairs badly against their previous offerings.
As suggested in the title (of my review), the album comes across as a hodge-podge of their various styles, with little to suggest an over riding theme. In this sense it sounds like a greatest hits album (woe be the day when such a thing exists, could that work?): all the styles we've come to love as fans are there, however in this offering they are juxtaposed together, rather than individually taking pride of place.
Kveikur is not bad, don't get me wrong. As others have already noted, Isjaki is a superbly uplifting number, however if I wanted uplifting I'd turn to Jonsi's solo offering: Go.
In all, if you're already a Sigur Ros fan, you'll want to buy this and you will enjoy it... as I did... however chances are it won't become one of your favourites. If you're new to the band, I'd suggest starting elsewhere: yes there'll be a few out there who would consider this their break away album... but that's probably equal in number to those that think Ummagumma is Pink Floyd's greatest album.
Don't get me wrong: it's good, but not superb.
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2013 22:36:27 BDT
Rev Q Sand says:
Bands that have been going for a while get to a point where they upset fans if they make something totally different but also if they rehash what they always do. The ideal balance is usually when they make something that sounds like the same group but also contains new elements to the mix which i think Kveikur achieves. Of all their releases so far this is the one that captures the rawness and energy that they display live.
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