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Takk...
Takk...
Price: £42.82

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takk, indeed, 15 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Takk... (Audio CD)
Glósóli, the second track, is worth £8.99 on its own. A beautiful, feather-light song, that builds and builds and builds, before lifting off into the most amazing crescendo from Sigur Rós so far, with huge cymbals, distorted guitar and Jonsi Birgirsson's trademark falsetto.
Other standout tracks are Saeglopur, Hoppípolla and Gong.
Probably the biggest question was whether this album would continue where () left off, with sparse instrumentation and raw production, or go back to the style of Ágaetis Byrjun, with swelling srings and - here's an original idea - lyrics. The answer is both, and neither. There is a definite progression from (), but this time there are lyrics! And, in a way, it's different from both albums. I don't think any Sigur Rós fan could say they were disappointed with this record. Certainly, it lived up to my expectations.


Isola
Isola
Offered by brooke2001
Price: £8.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, 28 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Isola (Audio CD)
This album was my first taste of Kent. I was immeadiately taken by the raw vocals and sing-along choruses. There are some very-heavily influenced tracks here, Lifesavers sounding like Pablo Honey-era Radiohead, Things She Said very reminiscent of Oasis, and even some more mainstream influences, if you lsten very carefully. However, i'm still trying to track down a Swedish version of this album, to hear what the songs were meant to sound like. But for a translation, this is very good. Look out for them in future, they could become very big


Burn The Maps
Burn The Maps
Price: £8.48

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real progression..., 24 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Burn The Maps (Audio CD)
The Frames are one of Ireland's finest bands. Their previous release, For The Birds, was laid-back, folksy, moving and one of my favourite albums. On Burn The Maps, they show real progression, mixing the melodical sounds of For The Birds with distorted guitars (Fake, Finally), at times amazing drum work (Dream Awake) from fomer Therapy? drummer Graeme Hopkins, and some fabulous violin music (Happy, Keepsake).
The album opens with Happy, a solid song which, in true Frames style, reaches its peak at the very end. Finally is a bouncy rock song, and Dream Awake is a two-part masterpiece, starting off slow and pensieve, before bursting into a fantastic crescendo of soaring violin and stuttered drum beats. The next two trcks are less energetic. A Caution to the Birds is slow and mournful, but at the same time very beautiful, while Trying is a disappointing little ditty, which would have best been left off the album.
Then comes their first real pop song, Fake, catchy and loud, and quite quite good. Sideways Down is another pop song, though not quite as accessible. Undergalss is another rocker,a more grown-up Pavement Tune. Ship Caught In the Bay is another weak track, as Glen Hansard whispers his lyrics over some bizarre percussion. The highlight of the album is Keepsake, a tight, quiet song at first, which bursts into a huge release of distorted guitar and low pitched growling about insects. Colm mac con Iomaire compliments this wonderfully with possibly his best piece of work yet, his violin switching between two wonderful melodies. This track is played with the same intensity and energy as a live performance. The record then calms and slows down, with the Coldplay-esque Suffer In Silence, and the beautiful Locusts.
All in all, when this is released internationally in February, it might just be the album that finally puts The Frames on the map outside of Ireland.


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