Friday, March 03, 2006

Sigur Ros - Takk

Every year a few months into the year, I find an album that I regret not putting on my "Best of..." list. Today I found that album.

I just got Sigur Ros - Takk, all I have to say is WOW! I have heard much about this band, but remained really skeptical, they are from Iceland (weird), they sing in a language they invented (weirder), and their last album was called "( )" (really weird). But I finally caved in and bought "Takk".

This album could easily rival Sufjan for the top spot of my "Best of 2005" list, it is another one of those albums that can change the way you listen to music. I am usually a lyrics guy, I love folk music because of it's lyrical value, so these are big words coming from be talking about an album sung in "Hopelandic". Really this album transcends language, I have no idea what the words mean, but I fell like I have a complete understanding of what they are saying. Sigur Ros takes you on a strange, but lovely musical journey that in the end left me feeling suprisingly worshipful. I do not have any idea of Sigur Ros spiritual beliefs, but this level of beauty and creativity can not help but leave me felling moved. I think one reviewer summed it up best when he said "The truth is, if you could see their music... you would see heaven."


Nate said...

i completely agree with you about leavning this album of my year end 'best of...' list. this album is phenomenal and deserves to be listened to as loudly as possible. when i am 60 and people ask me why i am wearing hearing aids i will smile and say (loudly and in icelandic) 'sigur ros!'

Nate said...

when i said i agree with you, i mean i also regret leaving this off my 'best of' list.

J.R. said...

I'm picking up what your laying down.