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Jonsi: Go
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The debut solo album from the frontman for Iceland’s Sigur Ros can be seen as a continuation of his main band’s sonic evolution from purveyors of glacial post-rock atmospherics to more sonically nimble and brighter-sounding orchestral pop. Go is densely produced, with imaginative, overflowing arrangements by classical composer Nico Muhly that swathe Jonsi’s celestial vocals in layers of soaring strings, delicate woodwinds, martial drums, stately piano and much more on a variety of richly melodic, intensely joyful songs ranging from exuberant, percussion-driven romps to stirring, angelic ballads. 3/23/2010 - Don Yates