I just want to humbly add my 'AMEN' to all the many positive reviews of this fine album, KVEIKUR(I think it means 'burning ember'?!)As a lover of TAKK's sort of military sound on the first cut, & the way they love to shower us in sound, I was hoping for more of those kinds of sound waves & was not disappointed.
I love that Jonsi's boyfriend, Alex Somers was part of the recording & mixing process, perhaps being responsible for some of the interesting new sound elements: Moments of roaring machines-or what are they...? Lots of space-travel-take offs and landings--or is it...? - It's your call... Loads of beautiful harmonies & rounds. This albums takes you away & you happily travel...There are quiet times as well... I cannot stop listening to it. It plays in my mind all the time now-and it' s welcome there :)
My husband & I had the honor of seeing the "Voice of God Band" last spring, practically in our backyard. They were on FIRE! They blew out almost every song, and blew us away in the process. I knew they could rock-but they really went for it & it was GORGEOUS. The crowd was properly enthralled. So I've been dying to get my hands on this album ever-since.
So if you love their normally more sometimes soothing sound- should you still get this album? Are you fan-enough to appreciate their fresh new rock twist?
Here's a little test:
Do you love to play SR & imagine yourself on a journey with them?! CHECK! (this one rocks,but it's a story that unfolds & sweeps you up on it's spikey -sounding wings & brings peace with it)
Do you have to sing along even though you have no idea what the words mean? CHECK!
Do you bond with other fans by saying things like "YES! I love that song too! Well, I can't pronounce it...but YOU know what I mean." ~ (And the fellow Rossie solemnly nods & answers "YEAH.") CHECK!
Do you endure your big brother's gentle mockery of Jonsi's incredible falsetto b/c, poor thing, he doesn't get it?! CHECK!
Do you know them so well, you even went to see Jonsi live without the band, with his wonderful bf, Alex? CHECK! (ok I did that! lol)
If you can say "CHECK!" to most of these, you ARE indeed fan-enough to love this album. Congrats-& GO!!!
And this is from a fan who HAS to play & sing along with them on the sweet, not-very-rock "With Buzzing in our Ears we Play Endlessly." Every single week.
...Yeah, I wrote it in English like that b/c I cannot remember how to spell it in Icelandic/ Hopelandic... but YOU get it.