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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Accidental
  • ASIN: B0007O250W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

1. I Want You
2. The Chicken Song
3. Never Give Up
4. 2 Birds
5. What I Would Say In Your Funeral
6. Sad As A Truck
7. Swing Ding
8. I'd Ask
9. Murr Murr
10. Salt
11. Hold On 2 Happiness
12. Afi Minn

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Format: Audio CD
Weird but wonderful album from the talented Mugison. It is a cocophony of sounds! One minute it is sounding vaguely 'Massive Attack' the next like Iceland's answer to Damien Rice and then just out and out weird when Mugison declares that he is 'Sad as a Truck' then belts into some insane Beck sounding rant. It's very catchy!! Then, if you want to be scared to death by the sister of Damien then listen to 'Salt'. Very eery and atmospheric. If Mugison were to screech 'Boo' half way through you would need new trousers!! All in, interesting from this experimentalist or just mentalist! You should buy to decide for yourself!
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Great, simply great - can't desribe what this sounds like as it's so great.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x976cb60c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9930e53c) out of 5 stars An Icelandic Friend Turned Me On To This 3 Aug. 2005
By Miguel Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Holy cow ... I haven't heard anybody play this raw and this well in a long, long time. Mugison is a truly eccentric Icelandic singer-songwriter in whose multi-intrumentalist spirit I sense a kinship with Tom Waits, Tom Ze and Vic Chestnutt, though Mugison doesn't *sound* like any one of the others to a large degree. He wields distorted guitars and whole-throated vocals; yet doesn't wail or "rock out." It's a big, big sound; yet it's introspective and deeply personal like Elliott Smith. Strange, exotic, supernatural -- everything you'd expect from an Icelander. But, unlike the other major Icelandic exports Bjork and Sigur Ros, Mugison sounds less Euro-ish and Pop-ish; he's more like a low-fi troubadour for 21st century globalistas. Darned strange this one is. Great, though. Really, really great.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9930e590) out of 5 stars Wonderful Mess 26 Dec. 2005
By Randy L. Sharp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bjork and Sigur Ros are typically the only two recording artists that anyone associates with Iceland; well add Mugison (pronounced Moogieson) to that distinguished list. In a year where all three have released recordings, it is interesting to note that Mugison won album of the year and leads the others in sales in their native Iceland. I will warn you right now, this is not an album for the faint of heart. The disc opens with "I Want You." Delicate guitars and soulful singing blow up into a scratching and emotional rant crying out, "Baby let's go dancing like we talked about, I'll be the weird boy and you can shout." So emotional is the singing that it seems Mugison might in fact, be quite mad. And if you think he is nuts here don't even bother going further because things will soon get weirder. "The Chicken Song" has warped piano and crazed lyrics, "See, the chicken is one of very few birds that never can fly, but even with its head chopped off, he'll still give it a hell of a try." Completely switching moods "2 Birds" finds Mugison, his acoustic guitar and his wife singing a duet about how they found love after a long friendship. Haunting and beautiful they sing, "We stayed up late and slept all day." All the while in the background you can hear what sounds like liquid being poured into glasses, but it is used as a musical element. Just another of many oddities you will find throughout the disc. Sounding like he is channeling Tom Waits and Beck, "Sad As A Truck" is an absolutely bizarre electronic mess that screeches, grunts and screams out, "Songs like this can drive a man insane." And after hearing this song you would believe it. But it is way cool! The best song on the disc (And song of the year in Iceland) is "Murr Murr." Featuring a wickedly hooky acoustic guitar rift (that could stand alone as an instrumental) with some backing strings for good measure while Mugison sings and emotes at his stream of consciousness best. "I'd Ask" is a straight up folk song with a wonderful little harmonica part and some hand tapping on the guitar for a beat. To say this disc is diverse is a huge understatement. But within that strength of diversity is also the truth that sometimes being weird just to be weird is distracting. There are several things/songs here that fall into the category of weird for the sake of weird, and that really is too bad because when Mugison hits, he hits it out of the park. His misses however, are pretty bad (a burping song, ambient noise, and a demented harmonica song) and serve to detract from the other stellar material. But considering how wide-ranging and beautifully odd this album is I suppose I can forgive Mugison for a bit of self indulgence here and there.

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HASH(0x97ef4e7c) out of 5 stars Tom Waits & Beck have a love child 20 May 2006
By Sid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If Tom Waits & Beck attended a bbq at Gibby Haynes house I believe this album would be the results if you recorded the event. By turns beautiful, clattering and silly this album has leapt to the top of my rotation. It is not for the consumer that wants musical wallpaper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9930e818) out of 5 stars Good album 16 Nov. 2005
By Bly Magister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My opinion on the album is that the album is good. It is funny, and Mugison's music comes across as not really taking itself so seriously, which actually works quite well for the type of music he makes; the provided samples above should give you a good idea of what Mugison's music sounds like.

With lyrics like, "The chicken was put on this earth to entertain the man and serve as a metaphor for hope. See the chicken is one of the very few birds that never can fly. But even with it's head chopped off, he'd still give it one [heck] of a try." How beautiful is that?

Or lyrics like, "I'm sad as a truck."

And other's such as, "My name is salt. I'm the reason there's salt in the sea and I'm the reason there's salt in your tears. That's how I come back. Like boiling water everything will evaporate, dissolve and disappear. I'll be there as a taste on your cheek - so you can remember those that are gone."

The album is a menagerie of sounds and feelings.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9930ea58) out of 5 stars It Really Got to Me, But It Took Awhile 30 Jan. 2006
By Fred Zappa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I didn't like this "music" at all at first. But a good friend gave it to me, so I kept trying, and gradually, bits of it starting sticking, until I really really like it. And not just because a good friend gave it to me. There's a heartfelt poignancy here. And beneath the seeming lack of musical common sense is a really strong sense of melody, harmony, and tonal emotion. It's like he wrote perfect songs at first, then cut them open to show us their insides. It all feels so honest.
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