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Just wow, still an incredible record.
Sigur Ros, if you're reading this, please do another tour soon. Thanks.
Now seen as (arguably) their finest album.
Many critics are severely lacking in imagination
I don't recall it being slated, though there was too much attention given to the 'Icelandic elves sing in make-up language' story
What would people like from Sigur Ros now? I feel they've reached a point in which all they do is repeat themselves. The best bits of the last album sounded like the best bits of earlier albums.
I thought the general consensus was that Kveikur was the best thing they'd done since ( ). I like all their records, but I do think they'll be hard-pressed to make anything nearly as good as Agaetis Byrjun or ( ) again.
That it doesn't matter in the slightest that they keep repeating themselves.
I've found that those who listen to music are quite happy for bands to rest on their laurels. It's only those who write about music who NEED bands to change, because it gives them something to write about.
to music like them to evolve, whether or not they are professional critics. I'm not getting at Sigur Ros (they could do whatever the hell they like) but having perfected a particularly, wholly remarkable sound, I'd be interested to see whether they can't go on to explore something a little different. Kveikur was very well-received, and sounds great, but I never find myself thinking 'I fancy listening to Kveikur' the way I often find myself thinking 'I fancy listening to ( )'
was pretty different, and one of their very best albums IMO. Seriously pissed off with Jonsi for letting his music appear in an HSBC ad though. Not a big fan of bands doing ads in general, but HSBC? Do they really need the money that much? Especially after criticising HSBC in the past for using SR soundalike songs in their ads.
but didn't quite have the confidence to push it all the way. Kveikur was a partial return to what they'd done before, with the volume turned up a bit. still, I'm nit-picking: sigur ros are great: long may they prosper (outside of HSBC adverts)
Don't think any band has given me as much pleasure in the last 15 years as they have.
something that people perceive as your sound, there's not much room left to go after several albums.
I agree with 1982- in those circumstances I'm quite happy for them to repeat themselves. How on earth they, or for that matter M83, move forward, I do not know. Been listening to diferent points in REM's back catalogue today- how to have 15 or so albums and still make something interesting? Imagine your sound along a sine wave, and try to keep in to different points along that wave. But it's gonna get cyclical- there'll be one or two records that are doing little more than attempting to recreate a sound and feeling of an earlier record. There'll also be one or two semi-left turns that don't come off, and one or two that do.
It's more obvious with long running bands. However, I did feel Up was significantly different for REM to qualify as a genuine attempt to do something new without going over old ground. It's telling that it took Bill Berry leaving to produce that kind of jolt.
Muscular (think it said that on the blurb on the front and has always ring true) but also their most melodic and consistently beautiful. It's second half is so evocative I still listen to it all the time.
BUT at the time () came out, it annihilated me. I remember getting dumped by my first real gf and finishing The God Of Small Things in bed whilst that played out for the first time and it was insane. Don't listen to it very often (obvs) but it's probably their 'purest' record - mostly the four of them just making things as big as they can be. Saw them pretty much debut it live at a festival and it obliterated the crowd. Amazing stuff.
at the Union Chapel in 2000. First half of the set was stuff from Agaetis Byrjun and Von, second half was what would become ( ). Jawdropping stuff, one of the very best gigs of my life.
For the record:
Agaetis Byrjun > ( ) > Valtari > Takk > Kveikur > Von > Meo Suo. But the first 6 are all fairly close - only Meo Suo could be described as a weak album.
Absolutely incredible gig, and their first outside of Iceland. Hair raising just thinking back on it now, can't believe it was 15 years ago.
Not bad ranking either, though I'd personally swap Valtari and Takk.