Sigur Ros: Meo suo i eyrum vio spilum endalaust (EMI)

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Sigur Ros: Ara Batur
Sigur Ros: Meo suo i eyrum vio spilum endalaust (EMI)

The good thing about this being disappointing is that I doubt I'll have to type the album title (which apparently means "with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly") too many times.
After their oblique sonic landscapes and the superb CD/DVD Heima, this time out these post-rock Icelandic musicians have gone for more economic "songs" in many places (11 tracks in total) and while they still traverse similar widescreen territory very little here reaches the sonic heights of their earlier work.
Doubtless some will disagree and hear in tracks such as the nine minute, orchestrated and choral-enchanced Ara batur a band prepared to shift its ground considerably. That is true, but over the long haul little here is as engaging or entrancing as they have often been.
Yes, this is more grounded in being recorded quicker and in small studios. And yes, they do sing in English for the first time.
But ironically in his age when people prefer "the authentic", Sigur Ros sounded better when their inspired music was held at an emotional distance.

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Martin - May 9, 2009

Sigur Ros's latest while still good is not up to the giddy heights of their sumptuous(it's a word)previous output.Taking a more accessible approach this album has their unique cold clime atmosphere.Vocalist skills are aplenty as he pushes their difference which is their appeal.I think he plays guitar too ,spoilt with talent.He sings closing track in a mumbled English letting out that Everythings Alright.Its far better than that and as he nodded to us differently dialected folk on the other side of the World I was a little stoked as he acknowledged us.All time band.

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