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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
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Just when this Icelandic crew seemed stuck in loud/soft/loud/ soft rut a la Mogwai or Godspeed You Black Emperor, they release their most beguiling, subtle and beautiful album yet. This album, allegedly the group's first sung in Icelandic rather than their own made-up "Hopelandic" (not that this listener could tell the difference) is relentlessly joyous, unaffectedly rad and inventive but never just for its own sake. Strings hold an ever more prominent place in the music, and this is a good thing. Songs unfold slowly as usual, but they take unexpected turns as often as not. The brilliant "Glósóli" burbles with as much melodic invention and anything by their fellow Icelanders Mum. Takk is a delight from start to finish, managing to be both their most accessible and experimental album yet. --Mike McGonigal

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Takk is the fourth album from Sigur R¢s. Written, performed and produced by the band (along with co-producer Ken Thomas) at their studio in Alafoss, Iceland, Takk is the record to justify every amazing claim ever laid at this exceptional band's door. Huge and intimate, orchestral and gossamer-light, rich layered and essentially simple, Takk is a work of a band operating at the very top of their game. It accomplishes what maybe they haven't done since they first appeared, which is to make the avant-garde appear to be straight ahead pop music, or, perhaps more accurately, invest pop music with a sense of magic long since lost in the mists of time and imagination. MCA. 2005.

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You know the artist understands what he is doing perfectly, and is saying and expressing exactly what he wants to with the music.
Every song creates a swell of emotion within the listener, most tracks so beautiful that they spawn tears and take one's breath away.
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From there the album seems to develop in specific directions from song to song, making Takk very much a single listening experiance.
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187 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on September 20, 2005
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Words will never suffice to adequately describe the music of Sigur Ros. Coming from Iceland, in a little more than five years, they've made the universe their stage, with a sound that doesn't repeat anywhere else in nature and touching some of the deepest fibers you could ever imagine to be found inside of you.

With a balance of instruments and ethereal voices that doesn't know barriers or limitations imposed by musical genres, their fourth album, "Takk...", exceeds all expectations by their previous fans, leaving their previous production, "( )", in the dust. It will take you in a trance you will not want to leave and it will force those riding with you in the car to tag along with you, something that they are not likely to regret.

If you think I am exaggerating, take a pick: there's almost no part of this album that you can go wrong with. Whether you want to call their sound post-rock or any other name you care to give it, it doesn't matter. The truth is, if you could see their music... you would see heaven.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Moragrega on November 3, 2005
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I came to know them while being in Australia when meeting my Icelandic girlfriend at the time... she gave me as a present Agaetis Byrjun. When I played it, it was the most beautiful and soothing sound I had ever heard. The brilliantness of Staralfur made me feel a chill through my bones and Vidrar put tears in my eyes the very first time I heard it. I couldn't believe how it was possible that people produced such beautiful sounds. Their music made me dream, made me feel. Music is not music if you can't feel it and Sigur Rós's sound makes you drift away to a different world. A world different from us, a wolrd only possible when listening to these beautiful sounds.

Then ( ) came into the light. It was completely different from Agaetis. More sober, more obscure bust just as beautiful. Untitled #1 is haunting and despite everyone saying that it is kind of depressing, I find it highly cheerful and happy. Another song that when the moment is right brings tears into my eyes.

But Takk... Takk... is heaven. Takk's sound is the most cheerful album the band has ever made. The striking intro to Glósóli and how the song delivers its climax is brilliant. Takk is beautiful, Takk is celestial voices. Takk's beauty cannot be described with words. Hoppippolla follows with a piano arrangement that goes deep into the mind to explore and to illuminate even the most darkest of caves. For myself, I can't help but shed some tears everytime I hear this album.. it doesn't matter which song because every single one is absolutely brilliant and beautiful in its own way. Takk is a celebration for life, a celebration for all the beautiful things that are present in this world. Even people who are not Sigur Rós fans will find this album highly listenable and enjoyable.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Emily on September 14, 2005
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It's not a joke to say that "Takk . . ." is Sigur Ros's most accessible album, but anyone who heard its cryptic predecessor, "()," knows that the Icelandic quartet has a long way to paddle to reach the mainstream.

Specialists in abstract soundscapes that sometimes coalesce into melody, singer Jonsi Birgisson and his cohorts don't construct verse-chorus-verse rockers or loop-and-thump ravers. But the band, working with co-producer Ken Thomas, has brought new focus and presence to its wispy music on "Takk . . . " (which means "Thanks"). While such fantasias as the 10-minute "Milano" resemble a mash-up of Eno, Sibelius and Radiohead, the pretty (and relatively compact) "Hoppipolla" has moments that suggest a Nordic interpretation of circa 1966 Beach Boys.

The group has playfully labeled "Takk . . . " its rock 'n' roll album, and the drums and guitars are more emphatic than before; "Glosoli" even builds to a climax that crashes and burns like My Bloody Valentine. Devotees of Sigur Ros's breakthrough release, 1999's "Agaetis Byrjun," may find this one too extroverted. Yet there are many familiar timbres, starting with Birgisson's falsetto and including twinkling keyboards and slithering bowed instruments (guitar and violin). What has changed is the sense of dynamics, which doesn't alter the band's fundamental design. It's just that many of this disc's loveliest passages are set off by roars rather than whispers.

Hell, even if you tried, a serious, involved listen to Takk... will blow that can right open. It's that well-constructed, thoughtful, emotionally provocative and cathartic.

Takk is one of the very few ways major labels get it right. Music like this deserves a wide audience, for its sheer audacity, skill, and penetrating beauty.

This is simply the best of Sigur Ros.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By IcemanJ VINE VOICE on March 19, 2006
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I've been extremely engrossed by "Ágætis Byrjun" and "( )" before. Ágætis Byrjun was one of the stepping stones for my entire discovery of post-rock. It was probably the most unique music I've ever heard at that point. ( ) had a great concept, was a great follow-up and a re-defined sound for the band but 2 or 3 songs on the second half were dragged on a little too long for me. But this... is a whole new level of Sigur Ros' unimaginable talent of creating out-of-this-world, or galaxy, even... sound. They have ironed out the very few flaws from before and have truly achieved nirvana here.

The first song, "Takk..." is a simple, two-minute angelic, ambient intro.

Next is "Glosoli," a rather relaxing track for the majority of the duration, with light, alien-like vocals, floating bells, and a strange faint marching kind of sound for rhythm, painting a nostalgic, child-like image (maybe the video is giving me that image, but...). About two-thirds into the song, the intense buildup is foreshadowed and all of a sudden that powerful, heavier rock sound is released, creating that familiar yet refreshing transcendent sound that no other musicians can produce.

Next is "Hoppipolla," starting out with a simple piano melody, soon adding string instruments for a very welcoming, uniting feeling. I have no idea what he is saying but that has no bearing that this is some of the most joyful music I've ever heard, and delivers such a warm feeling despite the origin is the frigid lands of Iceland. This song is shorter and has a bit more structure than most Sigur Ros songs. "Meo Blodnasir" feels like it is the ending to the previous song; it has the exact same sounds, not sure why it is split up.
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