There are expectations that come with an album release from Sigur Ros; a standard in fragile beauty, a stretched sound that seems to warp time and an otherworldliness that is as beguiling as it can be incomprehensible. I expect to be carried along on delicate and emotive threads, well woven and impeccably judged. In short, I should be drifting off into a world of my own by their making.
I want to be stirred by protracted crescendos, lulled in a warming embrace by diaphanous strings and drawn into the ebb and flow of intricate percussive patterns and to marvel at the purity of the falsetto that sings words I cannot comprehend. The richness of the production should make every sound something to savour.
Thankfully, Sigur Ros have managed to do just that. ‘Takk…’ is a work of beauty and depth that can strip away your day and refresh your soul. There are moments of great intensity that gather around you like a storm and sweet ethereal passages that tug at your heartstrings. This is a wonderful album.
Sigur Ros are on tour in the UK in November, you can get your tickets for the following dates from ticketmaster.co.uk.
- Nov 9 Brixton Academy
- Nov 10 Edinburgh Corn Exchange
- Nov 11 Dublin Olympia
- Nov 13 Liverpool Philharmonic
- Nov 14 Birmingham Academy
Label : EMI
Release Date : 12 September 2005
Website : www.sigur-ros.co.uk