Music Review: Sigur Rós – Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (2008)

There aren’t many bands I can think of that have a completely unique sound, but Sigur Rós might be one of them.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for any of their individual records, discounting Von.  Sure, they all do little things to distinguish themselves; () is bleak, Takk is happy, Ágætis Byrjun sounds like a debut.  Still, the band has yet to really push itself like it did on Ágætis.  Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust initially sounds like the band is making that push for something new.  Unfortunately, not halfway into the album they suddenly forget what they had just been going for, and half to start repeating what they’ve been doing for years.  Fortunately, Sigur Rós is a such a kickass band that it’s are to be too upset with more of the same.

Tracks 1-4:  Sigur Rós showed they could do a relatively traditionally structured, 4-minute song with the excellent “Hoppipolla”, and here they pump out four in a row, and even pull an Animal Collective (minus the knobs lolz) on opener “Gobbledigook”.  Nice work guys, although I have a feeling that had there been more accessible tracks like these, or if they had at least been dispersed more evenly through the album, Með suð would have been quite a bit better off.

Tracks 5-11:  Cookie-cutter Sigur Rós, but I’ll be damned if it still isn’t tasty as hell.  Just like with their past three records, there are enough moments of epic ambition to scare p4k writers into a hole and enough moments of sparse Icelandic musings to bring them right back out again.

Overall, it’s a shame the pacing couldn’t be more cohesive, but it’s still a damn fine record.

Final Score: 8.7/10

Highlights: Gobbledigook, Inní mér syngur vitleysingur, Festival, Ára bátur

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