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Soaring, breathtaking, orgasmic.,
This review is from: Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (Audio CD)
Well. What a fantastic album! Since I can't be bothered with finding out all the track names I'll refer to them by track number. I purchased this album off the strength of track 2, a piece that I'd had the priveledge of hearing some months before the album was released. It was like nothing I'd ever heard before. It is extreme chill-out which spirals around and around in a whirlpool before hitting a few magnificent seconds at the climax where the music suddenly becomes powerful and intense before dieing away again. I wasn't expecting the rest of the album to be as great. It is! This album soars! The average track length of over seven minutes gives an idea of the music this band produce. It's SLOW! Starts small and builds very very SLOWLY through crescendo and gradually added parts to a swell of noise.
The pick of the bunch are tracks 2, 5 (a single aswell as 2 with some interesting treatment of the drums), 7 (just an elaborate piano part which mutates over ten minutes to this incredible, string drenched monster) and 8 (a piece with the most uplifting melody I think I've ever heard, one which I reckon is worthy of any of the great tunesmiths that classical and romantic art music threw up). Tracks 4 (a bit cheesy) and 9(kinda unremarkable and unmemorable) are the weak spots, but it isn't as if they're bad or anything.
If you like Mogwai, Spiritualized, or anything similar then buy this album, adore it, love it, cherish it, cuddle it, build a display case for it... It's magnificent!