Orion’s Music Review
July 18, 2008
Hailing from the wintry wasteland of Iceland, Sigur Ros has so far been focused on making gorgeously sad ethereal music that would rarely move faster than a glacier.
It’s almost as if the first part of the band’s career had been trying to musically portray the icy loneliness and natural beauty of Iceland itself.
They were spectacularly successful in that, you could even say that they had perfected that style of atmospheric post-rock, and to continue along that path could get monotonous to say the least.
Being the talented group of musicians that they are, they took an opportunity to spread their wings a bit and take off into a new bright and sunny style of expression that suits them so well that there are moments when you won’t miss the old band at all. Their new album is called "Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust" which translates to "With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly."
That isn’t to say they have completely abandoned their patented style (which is a lush symphonic blend of string instruments and guitars played to sound like nothing else on the planet); it still comes through in a few songs.
But now Sigur Ros’ sound is spread out and the happy stuff breaks through like a burst of sunshine through the clouds on a cold winter morning.
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The overall impression this album leaves is pure joy. The most amazing thing about this music and this band is that they never sing in any one language. It’s a made up mish-mash of Icelandic and gibberish, only it’s delivered with such conviction that you will quickly start trying to sing along.
The greatest part on the album comes near the end when the lead singer all of a sudden switches to English for the first time ever and delivers some of the most heart-breakingly gorgeous lyrics coupled with a lone piano it’s the perfect ending to what is without a doubt this band’s most amazing album.
Orion’s Top Ten Cd’s
1. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
2. Beck – Modern Guilt
3. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
4. G. Love and Special Sauce – Superhero Brother
5. Duffy – Rockferry
6. Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
7. Opeth – Watershed
8. Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
9. Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis – Two Men With the Blues
10. Hold Steady – Stay Positive