Kveikur

June 18, 2013 | Format: MP3

$8.91
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 17, 2013
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2013 XL Recordings Ltd under exclusive license from Sigur Rs
  • Total Length: 48:09
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  • ASIN: B00D6GT5S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,366 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This is commone with Sigur Ros music!
robhartjr
I am going to be seeing them for the first time next month, and I am really excited for that.
Brian Lange.
For fans of the band though, this album is a must-hear.
T. A. Daniel

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 Me Su í Eyrum Vi 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hatton on 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.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D on 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 By Charles on June 18, 2013
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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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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Graeck on June 19, 2013
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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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