10 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sigur Rós' breakthrough second album literally makes no sense: Frontman Jónsi Birgisson sings in a made-up language called "Hopelandish," over songs that have little precedent in modern rock. Yet it’s absolutely gorgeous. Inspired by the beauty of the band's native Iceland, as well as fellow post-rockers like Mogwai, the music is both expansive and serene. Is that a sonar ping on "Svefn-G-Englar"? Is a whole town singing on "Olsen Olsen"? Words fail Ágætis Byrjun—and that's exactly the point.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sigur Rós' breakthrough second album literally makes no sense: Frontman Jónsi Birgisson sings in a made-up language called "Hopelandish," over songs that have little precedent in modern rock. Yet it’s absolutely gorgeous. Inspired by the beauty of the band's native Iceland, as well as fellow post-rockers like Mogwai, the music is both expansive and serene. Is that a sonar ping on "Svefn-G-Englar"? Is a whole town singing on "Olsen Olsen"? Words fail Ágætis Byrjun—and that's exactly the point.

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