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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B00B5DWI2O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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The new album by arnalds is as ever a stunning pice of work. Piano, violins and the works. This album has the adding of a vocal as well. The normal neo classical songs are as with all arnalds work beutifull and haunting. If your a fan of his early work these songs will not disappoint. There similar in nature to the old.
The new adding of a vocal at first was a little disappointing to me. I didn't like the vocal and wanted the songs as they have always been. That was until a few listens in. The vocals fit the slightly darker and low music of arnalds and even when it's upbeat the vocals fit well. The vocals I think add to the album totally.
The album mey not have been as good without them as they re an added catch and something new.
Love this album now .
As a fan of all his work I was initially disappointed but a few plays in I love it.
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Ólafur Arnalds third studio Album "For Now I Am Winter" is one of the best albums I have heard in years!!

The tracks seamlessly lead from one to the other making this not a compilation of 12 different songs but one big journey, one big symphony that is best listened to from beginning to end and as loud as your speakers can bare.

Starting of very quiet and simple, he manages to build up tension through the first half of the album climaxing in the epic "Reclaim" my personal favourite. The second half gradually reduces this tension, ending with the very simple but beautiful "Carry Me Anew". Arnalds presents us a full circle, an album that can and should be listened to over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
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Plaintive, haunting, just absolutely lovely! This wonderful album contains some of Ólafur Arnalds' very best songs, and the fragile, almost androgynous voice of Arnor Dan makes a perfect vehicle.

A beautiful, beautiful album. Highly recommended to all.
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I am a long time fan of the music of Arnalds. He is a genre crossing artist whose work contains compositions of great beauty and interest.
This new album, for the first time in Arnald's work, contains vocals. For me, they do nothing to enhance the music he composes, indeed they serve to do the opposite. The vocals seem slightly monotonous and expressionless compared to his previous, non vocal, work. Listening to previous albums by the same composer, I find myself humming along to strings or to a cello/violin line carrying a beautiful or intoxicatingly repetitive tune. This is desperately missing from 'For now I am Winter'. I find myself listening harder and harder to the music but not getting out of it what I did from 'and they have excaped the weight of darkness, or 'living room songs'. For the first time ever I have wondered whether I should skip a track because it simply is not providing me with what I thought it would. The beauty and evocotive music of earlier albums has gone. There is not a track on this album I could identify as touching/connecting with me in a way that I could other albums and tracks (e.g. Ljosio, Lag fyrir Ommu, Bu ert Solin)
This is not to say the album is not listenable to fans of Olafur Arnalds. It contains all the hallmarks of his work, just without the stand out emotive pieces. The vocal tracks remind me of those you can find on the albums of Craig Armstrong with Richter-esque (Max Richter) interludes in Arnald's unique style.
In summary, the album is still clearly contains all the hallmarks of Olafur Arnald's music compostion but, for me, is missing the emotional connection and heartbreaking beauty of other albums. It won't be joining his other work in my most played albums list.
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I was actually reading the reviews to John Grant's Pale Green Ghosts (which I found very disappointing) and one of the negative reviews had a comment which asked "why don't you review albums you like?" so I decided to do just that, and here I am.

So, the new Olafur Arnalds is somewhat of a departure from previous albums. This album features a full scale orchestra and some songs feature vocals from Arnor Dan.

Personally, I love both changes. The orchestration is beautiful and lush, and adds a sense of urgency in some of the songs (Sudden Throw, Old Skin) that would not be achievable with a few strings.

As for Arnor Dan, I am a fan of his day job as a singer for Agent Fresco. His voice, which can soar to screams with Agent Fresco, is very delicate and fragile here, and adds another layer to the beauty that is For Now I Am Winter.

I guess some old fans will be disappointed that this album hasn't got the same sort of intimacy with the listener as previous albums, but in my opinion it is still there, just maybe in other forms (Arnor Dan's vocals, for instance).

This is, so far, the my favourite album for 2013 and will likely remain so for a while. Sigur Ros's new album in June might be a contender, but until then I will enjoy the beauty that is For Now I Winter.
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I love this and play it a lot. I am gradually acquiring all his music which is gentle and lyrical. There is singing on some tracks which suits the style adn ambience of the CD. Would highly recommend this which, if you like Sigur Ros and other Icelandic musicians, your are guaranteed to enjoy.
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