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Sigur Ros: Valtari
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The Icelandic band’s sixth studio album (and first in four years) finds them returning to the glacially slow, mostly instrumental ambient-rock epics of their earlier records, but with a much less dynamic and more subdued overall sound. With the exception of “Varuo,” the powerful crescendos of those earlier records are mostly absent here. That said, a few songs here are as moving as their best work, combining stately piano, celestial synths, sweeping orchestration, angelic wordless harmonies and Jonsi’s soaring falsetto into tranquil hymns of pure beauty. 5/24/2012 - Don Yates
Other Sigur Ros album reviews:

Kveikur - 6/14/2013
Inni - 11/11/2011
Hvarf/Heim - 10/25/2007
Takk - 9/12/2005
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