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In 2009, Sigur Rós singer/guitarist Jon Thor Birgisson (Jónsi) and Alex Somers released Riceboy Sleeps, a majestic and lovely creation sprung from the musical landscape tilled and tended by Sigur Rós. On Go Jónsi stretches out in surprising fashion: clearly, a pop heart beats beneath his sheen of Icelandic cool. Go is uplifting, at times joyous, yet Jónsi’s sweet, fairie-dusted voice stays firmly on this side of twee. French horns, cellos, harps and other orchestral dressings sparkle and glisten; flutes and spare, martial drumbeats render “Go Do” fluttery and airborne, and the hop-scotching woodwinds, strings and acoustic guitars on “Boy Lilikoi” and “Animal Arithmetic” are sheer heaven on the aural palate. Occasional somber tracks like “Tornado” and “Hengilas” unfold like miniature Sigur Rós epics, crescendos and codas coming a little sooner, Jonsi’s surging falsetto as goosebump-raising as any Sigur Rós tune. ("Go Quiet," a film featuring acoustic versions of these tracks, was directed by Dean DeBlois who also co-directed the animated film How To Train Your Dragon,” the soundtrack of which contains the Jónsi track “Sticks and Stones.”)

Customer Reviews

The best album release in the last year.

Hands down. Where Sigur Ros sometimes got a bit dark, this album doesn't: it's like pure joy, kind of along the lines of The Candlepark Stars: uplifting and happy and blissful without any downside or dark side. I can't pick a favorite song because they're all brilliant, and they each feel like one part of a larger whole. So if you leave the album running on repeat, the whole thing flows seamlessly. I'm incredibly impressed with Jonsi - and if this is any hint of what future solo albums will be like, i say "go for it!" A+ recording, absolutely. Wonderful wonderful work.

Simply a Masterpiece

~This album from start to finish has beautiful complex melodic landscapes.

~If you like Sigur Ros This album is for you.

~It is an Extremely well produced album.

~Songs that stand out to me instantly are GO ON,Boy Lilikoi,Tornado, and Hengilas.

~It's one of the best albums of 2010 i've heard so far!

~THIS CD IS WHAT SIGUR ROS FANS WERE WAITING FOR.

~This album is very powerful both musically and vocally.

Amazing Solo Effort

First, I have NEVER contributed a review until now.

As a long time Sigur Ros fan I was extremely excited to hear that we were getting something new from one of the artists involved. Leading up to the release of this album we were treated with bits and pieces of songs and I was a bit nervous that I was going to be let down.

I was greatly mistaken!

This album is a breath of fresh air full of positive and uplifting energy. It is impossible to listen to this album and not be pulled into another universe full of care free thinking. At this point in time it is much needed. Nico Muhly is involved in the project and really helped turn what was originally supposed to be a low key acoustic album into a soundscape so diverse and interesting that you can't imagine it being any other way.

Go Do, Boy Lilikoi, and Sinking Friendships take a totally different direction than you are used to for this artist. Fortunately for those expecting more of a Sigur Ros sound; Kolnidur, Grow Till Tall, and Tornado (my personal favorite on the album) will take you to a much more familiar place that still allow Jonsi to establish this effort as his own.

I can't say enough for this album. You will not be disappointed!

Biography

Born: April 23, 1975 in Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After spending 16 years as the singer/guitarist in the Icelandic group Sigur Rós, Jon Thor Birgisson renamed himself Jónsi and began a solo career. Though he had used the name before on a project with Alex Somers (as Jónsi & Alex on 2009’s album Riceboy Sleeps), the pixie-voiced singer’s first solo album under the Jónsi name was Go, which was released on longtime label XL in the spring of 2010. Featuring more upbeat and poppy songs than those he had written and sung with Sigur Rós, Jónsi was...
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