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Old 06-20-2013, 11:34 PM
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Sigur Rs Kveikur

Sigur Rs Kveikur (2013, XL Recordings)


1. Brennisteinn
2. Hrafntinna
3. sjaki
4. Yfirbor
5. Stormur
6. Kveikur
7. Rafstraumur
8. Blrur
9. Var

It really sucks when you wait months for a new album from a band that you love; then it comes out and youre completely disappointed. Thats whats happened with me and Sigur Rs new album Kveikur. I was really impressed by their last album (Valtari, which only came out a year ago) and was really looking forward to seeing how they would expand on the direction they headed with that album. When I read interviews that they were headed in a more electronic direction with this album I was a little confused (Valtari was very organic) but when I heard them play four songs off this album at a show in March I wasnt too worried. But I listen to the album and Im completely underwhelmed.

At first I thought it was pretty good, not Album of the Year material but top five for sure. But on the second play it lost everything to me. Then the third play was even more of a let down and it came out of my CD player, got added to the thousands of songs on iTunes and put on the shelf. I think the big problem I have with this album is that it goes in too many different places. It doesnt know if it wants to be a dark, almost industrial album; an overtly happy, jangly album; or a soothing, almost ambient album.

Brennisteinn and Kveikur are the darkest and most electronic songs on the album, totally different for Sigur Rs but still good nonetheless. I think thats what they were going on about when they said in those interview that this was a more electronic album. But then you have songs like Stormur, Rafstraumur and Blrur that go back to sounding like the organic Sigur Rs of old. And then you have Hrafntinna and sjaki; which go into the totally different direction of being way more upbeat than Im used to from Sigur Rs. If they had of stuck with the first two styles and kept with it for the whole album Id have been happy. But to jump all over the place made for an uneven listening experience.

Its not their worst album (thats still Me Su Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust) but its probably their second worst.

2/5

Best Songs: Brennisteinn, Kveikur, Var
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