Sunday, 22 June 2008
ALBUM REVIEW: SIGUR RÓS - MEÐ SUÐ Í EYRUM VIÐ SPILUM ENDALAUST
It's here, it's finally here. "Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust" is the 5th album from acclaimed Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós and it sparkles with a magic befitting a band of their calibre. From the up-temp opening tracks of "Gobbledigook" and "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" to the majestic "Ára bátur" and the haunting loneliness of "Fljótavík", the album soars with a beauty that in terms of emotional grip, holds the listener like very few other bands are capable of.
Each song holds its own and although some of them arguably stick to the tried and tested formula from Takk... it is clear that this is a band who show no signs of losing their power to produce top quality music. I think Micheal's review (see below) has already said what I mostly want to say but I think its for the best. I could rant on endlessly about "Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust" and it would still not do it justice.
A few weeks ago I wondered which band would live up to the hype: Coldplay or Sigur Rós. As a fan of both i hoped for an even tie but it is clear now that the Icelandic quartet have delivered an album that quite easily blows Viva La Vida out of the water. Go buy it now.
Verdict: ***** (5/5) (Editor's Choice: June 08)