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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a beautiful trance, 18 July 2008
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It's hard to really put the experience of listening to this album into words. It is just a relentlessly gorgeous soundscape, even by Sigur Ros' own high standards.

Of all their albums, this is the most seamless. As many listeners have commented, the songs seem to blend into each other, as if they are different movements of one work, and the album as a whole simply encapsulates me.

That is not to say that the mood is a constant throughout. Rather, the melancholy of Track 1 gives way to the gentle and beautiful optimism of Track 3, whilst the mood of Track 4 drifts between the two, in a wonderfully passive, relaxed way. The second half of the album, in contrast, is considerably darker, whilst maintaining the beauty of the first half. It is the darker songs which mark ( ) from Agaetis Byrjun and Takk. Due to this, the album comes across (at least to this listener) as the purest, most emotional, most revealing album by Sigur Ros, and possibly of any band I have heard.

This is a quite exceptional album.


The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Important, yet underwhelming, 5 July 2007
This review is from: The God Delusion (Hardcover)
The current political state, particularly in the USA, makes clear the necessity for a book of this variety to raise consciousness to not only the rationality of atheism, but also the irrationality of the unquestioning of dogma, and ultimately religion in general.

Dawkins' book serves as a useful self-help to atheism, and a timely one at that. However, the scope of the book is often a little wide, leading to large sections becoming merely useful bibliographies of other popular science books (by such physicists as Paul Davies and Lee Smolin, etc.). In particular, the discussions of quantum mechanics and cosmology are somewhat brief, despite Dawkins placing much value on their relevance.

It is unsurprising that much emphasis is placed on the ability of Darwinism to explain away the need for mainstream religion, but once again the science is kept to a minimum, ultimately with reference to Dawkins' own earlier works. Whilst this perhaps should not be considered a major criticism, I personally feel that books such as 'The Blind Watchmaker' and 'Unweaving The Rainbow' do the job more comprehensively than 'The God Delusion'.


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