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Takk...

Sigur Rós

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It’s often said that Iceland is a misnomer, that it’s actually a very green land and that Greenland is more Icelandic. That hasn’t stopped one of Iceland’s finer musical exports from exploiting this misconception with the iciest orchestration they can sustain. Takk… is their fourth proper studio album and stands as another worthy addition to their ambient, interstellar overdrives. The quartet spends most of their time loitering, deliberately slowing down and creating aimless webs of sound that feel like dream sequences interspersed with unexpected visitors. “Se Lzst,” for example, lazily meanders until met by a horn section in its final minutes, demanding that they pick up the pace. Sigur Ro_s have written music for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Danish Royal Ballet and have scored independent films. Takk… reflects these influences as it fits neatly into the cracks between pop and ambient, dance and film score. Just don’t expect a steady beat or a narrative to help you along. This is music meant to inspire your imagination and is best listened to as a complete 65-minute trip.

Customer Reviews

Takk

I'm 74 years young and totally grateful that I've lived long enough to hear the glory that is Sigur Ros.

Sometimes you can find evidence of God in really simple things. (Listen to this album with your eyes closed, falling asleep, or in a place you've never been before.)

A great follow-up to "( )"

Being a long-time fan of Sigur Ros and other such groups (Mum, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, etc...) I have outrageously high standards for this group. I had equally high expectations for the pretentious "Takk..." and now that I've listened to the album all the way through a few times, I've come to the decision the album is..? I honestly don't know what to think of Takk, other than it IS a good album and it feels good to listen to Jonsi breathe life into your headphones (or speakers), backed up with touchy keys (sometimes tone-blocks or bells,) aching, bowed-guitar, soothing bass, and brutally honest rhythm (with the occasional explosion.) I recently saw Sigur Ros perform (in Madison) before I purchased the album, and it was one of the best experiences of my life... But could Sigur Ros pull this sort of power off in recording? Well, the recording itself is pretty flawless (the occasional crack or problem) and Sigur Ros is heartful (and sometimes aggressively so,) just as in Agaetis Byrjun, but there is something missing at the end. Don't read the review by iTunes... Dance? I didn't detect such sounds. The songs sounded so good, but after the third or fourth listen, I have to admit I was tired of Sigur Ros' trademark "BBBB-eautiful intro --> chorus, verse, chorus --> building --> some more noodling --> EXPLOSION AFTER BUILD." ...It was great on the rare tracks of Agaetis... But has the success of this band's soulful, powerful song-structure gone to their heads? The rare structure that made certain tracks of Agaetis stand out are now featured in every track and it's hard to tell the difference anymore. I guess when it all comes down to, Sigur Ros gave me exactly what I expected, but was this all that I wanted? In some ways, yes, that's why I purchased the album, but what happened to the excitement of hearing something new? Thats part of why I adore "( )" so much, it took the best of Agaetis and combined it with the best of Von, but it's not simply a hybrid of the two albums, it's something more... Perhaps my expectations for Takk... are too high. So, why all the "Takk..." Bashing? Whats the deal 'Catching Signals-boy.' My point is that we were all so excited for one of the most innovative and great groups out there to produce something that would blow our minds, that we forgot that everyone is human and that Sigur Ros just so happens to do what THEY feel is right, not us; to do otherwise would be nothing more than... whats the word I'm looking for? Oh yeah... Pretentious. 4 1/2 Stars

Biography

Formed: January, 1994 in Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Named in part after a sister of one of the bandmembers, Reykjavik, Iceland's Sigur Rós (Victory Rose) was formed by guitarist and vocalist Jon Thor Birgisson (who later went by the name Jónsi), bassist Georg Holm, and drummer Agust. Formed in early 1994 while the members were teenagers, the trio's first recorded song earned them a deal with Iceland's Bad Taste label. Their sprawling debut LP, Von (Hope), was released in 1997, followed the next year by a collection of remixes from that album, Recycle...
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