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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value release but no substitute for the live experience, 22 Nov 2011
This review is from: INNI (Audio CD)
The bottom line is that the sheer amount of excellent music (and film) on offer here constitutes great value for newcomers and afficionados alike. Nonethless, there is a slight sense of marking time to this release of live performances exactly 3 years ago (unsurprisingly, the older albums are less well-represented than the newer ones) compounded by the lack of new material (only closing song "lúppulagiš" is not on previous releases) and the general fidelity to studio recordings. Perhaps Sigur Ros are drawing a line under the work and are about to go grime? In any event, when you have staggering songs like "svefn-g-englar", "popplagiš" and countless others to perform, you can be forgiven for airing them.

Sigur Ros's music, while brilliant on its own, is enhanced by visuals and this is why I think the film (in a different order from the cds and with interludes between the actual performance including one hilarious moment when they are ejected from a hotel piano bar) works better than the live concert per se. Seeing the musicians breakway and regroup before the onslaught of "sęglópur" is spell-binding despite havinh heard it 50 times before. The film is suitably atmospheric, in turn film noirish and like Soviet 1920 propaganda films.

All in all, highly recommended.
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