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Kveikur (2013)

Artist: Sigur Ros
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Format: CD
Sku: 250180196
UPC: 634904060626
UPC 14: 00634904060626
Release Date: 6/18/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Brennisteinn
2. Hrafntinna
3. Isjaki
4. Yfirbord
5. Stormur
6. Kveikur
7. Rafstraumur
8. Bl _r dur
9. Var

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Una Sveinbjarnard¢ttir, Borgar Magnason, Margr?t Arnad¢ttir, P l¡na Arnad¢ttir, P¢runn Osk Marin¢sd¢ttir (strings); Eir¡kur Orri Olafsson, Bergr£n Sn?bj?rnsd¢ttir, Sigr£n J¢nsd¢ttir (brass).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Alex Somers; Rich Costey.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Sigga Bj?rg Sigurdard¢ttir.
Muze PNote Though it's not necessarily a bad quality, post-rock (especially as it trends to the more ambient side of things), can be an awfully passive listening experience, sweeping the listeners up in drifting buildup and inevitable crescendos without ever really confronting them. Challenging this paradigm, Sigur R¢s get sonically adventurous with their seventh album, Kveikur, which finds the Icelandic three-piece delivering a darker and more aggressive sound on one of their most daring albums to date. From the opening moments of "Brennisteinn," the album's opening track that thrums to life through a layer of crackling static with a guttural, churning bassline, it's clear that the band aren't looking for gentle complacency from the listener. While the album might not be aggressive in the traditional sense, with big loud guitars and howling vocals, there's an eerie tension that runs throughout the album that counteracts the soothing flow of Jonsi's drifting falsetto, making the songs feel like a good dream that's always on the verge of going bad. While Kveikur isn't a complete reinvention of their sound, it's the kind of palette shift that shows just how versatile and creative Sigur R¢s can be. Few bands can subvert the expectations of the listener quite like this, and even fewer can do it after seven albums. Kveikur isn't the kind of post-rock album that you throw on to listen to as you contemplate the changing of the leaves, but rather an album that explores the differences between the comforts of the day and the anxieties of the night, blending the bright and the brooding to create something bold and beautiful. ~ Gregory Heaney

Producer: Sigur Ros

Engineer: Alex Somers; Birgir Jon Birgisson; Sigur Ros

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations We Bought A Zoo (Osc)

Associated Artists and Works

Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson
Hilmarsson, Hilmar Orn

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/17/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 40606
Music Label Name Label : XL
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00634904060626

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he quirky rhythms and ethereal vocals of Isjaki spawn a certain magic..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Sigur Ros
Product attributeLabel:   Xl Recordings/beggars Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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