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Kveikur

Sigur RósAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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The first few seconds of Kveikur begin with what might be the sound of a powerful yet distant conflagration, low flying fighter jets on a bombing mission, or a handheld recording of a large collapsing building; before slamming in with a colossally distorted bass note that says: as much as the first 20 seconds have been unsettling, something ominous and potentially cataclysmic is now ... Read more in Amazon's Sigur Rós Store

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  • Audio CD (June 18, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B00C1GBOU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kveikur is the band's first release on XL Recordings worldwide. The record, which was self-produced by the three members of Sigur Rós: Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason, sees the band shifting towards a more direct, aggressive sound.

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Band's Best since Takk... June 18, 2013
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Call the genre whatever you want (art-rock, post-rock, experimental, ambient, downright tasty), Iceland's Sigur Rós is one of the best bands of the current generation. Big claim, I know, but Kveikur only solidifies the band's stature as one of the genre's best. If you like Sigur Rós, go ahead and pick this record up.

In past years, Sigur Ros has been criticized for having a "formula". If you're a fan of the band, you probably have some idea of what this formula is: soft, atmospheric music, swelling chord changes, and a gigantic build up that leaves the song on a massive crescendo. Perhaps the band has been aware of their critics. Since 2008's Međ Suđ í Eyrum Viđ Spilum Endalaust, the band has retreated from their past "slow-burn to explosive finale" tendencies. Their 2008 record found the band attempting to write more conventional pop songs (well, what would be pop for Sigur Ros, I suppose), and 2012's Valtari was an exercise in decrescendos. Valtari (a record I love), was created around music starting somewhat big and working its way down - the album even ends on a 3-song streak in which each proceeding song is a bit softer and a bit more minimalist than the last. For this reason, coupled with the loss of multi-instrumentalist Kjartan Sveinsson, I was prepared for a minimalist exercise with Kveikur.

Earlier in the year, the band released "Brennisteinn" as their single to promote Kveikur. This feels a bit misleading (not dishonest though) - the single doesn't really represent what the album sounds like, but rather, it indicates that Sigur Ros is still tooling around with their sound.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigur Rós Encompassed June 18, 2013
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During the album's streaming stages, I joined in on the listen due to my lack of patient discipline. Upon first listening through my laptop speakers I was prepared to give this album a four-star rating. I felt that the album was a solid Sigur Rós album that kept in line with what they have been doing thus far, but it did not blow me away. When I finally received my copy, though, I learned that it was the subtleties that really make a difference between a great record and a really great record: I was unable to pick up on certain aspects through inferior speakers. So now I will provide a five-star review instead.

The band mentioned soon after the album's beginnings that they were nodding back to their glory days of the brooding, enigmatic sound that foreigners couldn't stop talking about. This excited me as Agaetis Byrjun and Sigur Rós are indeed my favorite records from the band. It would be very difficult for me to not like any of their albums post Von, so the influence of my darker sound bias is quite minimal. But there's something about those second and third records that truly grip me. However, I didn't find 'Kveikur' in that same grouping at all.

While the album does reminisce a bit with e-bow prominent melodies at times, a very important fact to keep in mind is that the album is its own distinguished work. True, there are obvious intentions of returning to minimalist sounds from brass and strings, the obvious example being 'Hrafntinna' in its closing moments, which throw us back quite beautifully into 'Ný batterí' in its opening portion.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best get better June 18, 2013
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Sigur Ros seem to have decided to pursue a whole new legion of fans. Late night TV performances, huge world tour featuring all of their best "rock" songs, heck even an appearance on The Simpsons. But here's the thing: they've managed to do it without selling out, artistically. Kveikur's louder, more industrial sound could appeal to a wider audience than any of their previous works, but luckily for us lifelong fans, it is also GOOD. In fact, I think it's their best album in a long time. They have made rock music without sacrificing any of the beauty that makes their work special. I love that the band changes their style with every album, but I think that this is the sound I've been waiting for. My favorite band is at the point in their career where I keep expecting them to start releasing dismal albums that ruin my relationship with their music. Instead they've given us the incredible Kveikur, and further proof that they are one of the finest bands to have ever been.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal. June 18, 2013
By Charles
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This band continues to blow me away. I was introduced to Sigur Rós only a year or so ago but quickly became a fan. Their music is phenomenally innovative and every time I listen to them I simply get lost in the beauty of it. It's not often you find an artist whose "sound" can move you emotionally. Sigur Rós already has a very respectable back catalog, but this release proves they have a lot more to offer and will only get better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but far from their best June 19, 2013
By Graeck
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I've been following Sigur Rós since () came out, and they've grown to be one of my favorite bands. I was sad to see Kjartan depart the band and I was a bit worried that his departure would leave a gap in the sound. It's difficult to tell based on one release, so I hope it's not the case. However, after listening to the singles for Kveikur over the last couple of months and now the complete album, I think this might be my least favorite album of theirs - and I do hope this is not a sign of things to come.

In a large part, Kveikur is a bit like so-so pop melodies put over noisier-than-usual Sigur Rós music, with somewhat simpler, more "pop", arrangements. Not that that's a bad thing, it's just far from their best effort. Sounds range from "industrial" (Brennisteinn, Kveikur) to the Valtari sounding "Var" to the almost U2 sounding Rafstraumur. Imagine the second half of "Saeglopur" from Takk (you know, after the drums kick in) and that's what a lot of this album reminds me of (in mood and feel)...and unfortunately, Saeglopur isn't one of my favorite Sigur Rós songs.

I've enjoyed all of their albums and concert videos. I find me listening to the audio version of Heima and () the most. I have a feeling Kveikur will be getting listened to the least.

All-in-all. I think this album is just a little too "pop" for my tastes. I love the noise and percussion, but it just seems like it's missing something - I just hope it's not Kjartan that I'm missing, because I doubt he's coming back. Looking forward to their next release though.

Long time fans, of course, will want to get this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
I don't know what they are singing but I like the way they do it. Listening to sigur ros while hiking can create moments that last a lifetime
Published 5 days ago by adam todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love Sigur Ros. This album is darker than Takk. Still like it. It paints landscapes in my head.
Published 18 days ago by joalca
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
That's just on the first listen. Their music usually grows on me
Published 19 days ago by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album
Published 1 month ago by Blake Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
The music is great, pretty standard for Sigur Ros. I was a little surprised when I found out the songs were all about nuclear disaster, but I still like the CD.
Published 1 month ago by Hannah Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Sigur Ros yet
I'm a huge fan, I've got almost the complete discography, including Jonsi's solo albums/productions. This is the version of the band I enjoy the most. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Santiago Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it.
Now.

You need this album in your life. Listen to it while driving at night with the windows down. Let your neighbors know what's up.
Published 4 months ago by felipeg
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a return to form, but best album since Taak
This record has been touted a return to form for Sigur Ros, as they had drifted into emotive, "spa" new age-y blurbs, chortles and hummimg by Jonsi to accompany the tame,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Missing Accomplice
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented, beautiful, and just like their live performances
Sigur Ros is great for anyone who loves new age, rock, or instrumental music. It's hard to describe their style; I could say sometimes Enya with a variety of rock-vibes, heavily... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aaron Carson
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for "it's okay"
I have all their cds, and Kveikur and Valtari are just Not like the others. I feel like there was a peak when Jonsi's solo album Go came out, and Riceboy Sleeps was heavenly mood... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Corey Swinburne
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