Sigur Ros
Von


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
January 16th, 2005 | 23 replies | 21,566 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Sigur Ros - Von



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Sigur Ros broke through and became noticed in the year 2000, after the release of their 1999 second effort "Ágætis Byrjun". Because "Ágætis Byrjun" was getting so much praise and attention, the band's 1997 debut, "Von" received next to no attention. Even after the release of "Ágætis Byrjun", "Von" stayed on the band's Icelandic label, making it extremely hard to get a copy (it has recently been released in the US and is avaliable on websites such as [url]www.amazon.com[/url]). Those who did manage to get a copy found an album that was just as, if not more interesting than "Ágætis Byrjun". While the album is probably not better than the band's followers, it is certainly an exceptional album.



The Band



Jónsi Birgission - Vocals, Guitars

Orri Páll Dýrason - Drums

Gorggi Holm - Bass



(the group didn't have anyone permanently on keyboards at this stage)



Tracklist



1. Sigur Ros

2. Dogun

3. Hun Jord

4. Liet ad lifi

5. Myrkur

6. 18 sekundur fyrir solaruppras

7. Hafssol

8. Verold ny og od

9. Von

10. Mistur

11. Syndir Guds (Opinberun frelsarans)

12. Rukrym



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The album begins with an odd avant-garde piece, similar to something like "Augmn" by Can. The sounds of it are actually quite scary and would do well in a horror movie. The album's main problem is easily realised after listening to the first track. The album is 72 minutes long, but were it only 40 minutes it would make it's point much better. While some of these experimental tracks may be seen as filler, they can also be quite interesting for a while. It's very surprising that a band as young as Sigur Ros were at the time (the album was first released over 7 years ago in 1997) would be so experimental, especially in a first release. The oldest member of Sigur Ros (Jonsi, currently 29) would have been just 22 at the time of release. Yet this album contains probably the most experimental music that Sigur Ros have made so far.



Most of the tracks are strange ambient avant-garde songs and aren't really similar to the material heard on "Agaetis Byrjun" or "( )". A lot of the material doesn't have too much replay value, but some of the tracks on the album show the direction that Sigur Ros were heading in for their second and third albums and are among the best of the album. The album's strongest track is the title track, "Von". Roughly translating to "hope", the song is up there with some of the best stuff Sigur Ros have ever recorded. Track 6 is literally 18 seconds of silence, possibly John Cage influenced.



Other than "Von", some of the best tracks are "Myrkur", sounding like a trippy brit-pop song. "Syndir Guds", similar to the later Sigur Ros material but fitting in with the album is also one of the highlights. Another great track is "Dogun", probably the wierdest out of the album's highlights. An ambient piece, revolving mainly around synth parts with vocal parts swooping in over the top. Most of the album seems like it would fit better as a science fiction thriller soundtrack, rather than an album. The reason is that this stuff just sounds so different to the newer Sigur Ros material. It's not really better or worse, just different. If it wasn't for Jonsi's unique vocal style (it would be hard to tell if the vocals were male or female without album notes), it would sound like it was another group. Be warned, this is not a new Sigur Ros album, it is their first full length album and is not like their other stuff although the listener will find some similarities. Thought it is a great piece of work and equally interesting as their other albums, "Von" shows the potential that Sigur Ros had to turn into what they are today.



Pros



- Interesting things to discover with each listen

- Diversity in the different songs

- Jonsi's unique vocals

- Different to what listeners normally expect from Sigur Ros



Cons



- Probably too experimental for some

- Different to what listeners normally expect from Sigur Ros

- Long drawn out experimental instrumentals can get extremely boring

- Album is dragged out; about 20 minutes too long



Reccomended Tracks



Dogun

Myrkur

Syndir Guds

Von



FINAL RATING: 4/5



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moderaterock222
December 25th 2004



121 Comments


Cool. To be honest i haven't heard this. I've been interested in getting it but it is pretty hard to find.....then i kinda just forgot about it. You've reminded me, i'm not just saying it but i will probably buy it whenever possible.

Dancin' Man
December 25th 2004



719 Comments


Only Sigur Ros album I haven't heard. I hear though, that the middle two are the best. I'd like to hear it anyway.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 25th 2004



2125 Comments


If you go to www.sigurros.com you can download the song "Von" in the Download Audio section. There's also a live video of it in the videos section, but I wasn't able to get it working. Maybe I need to update Real Player.

Walrus Gumboot
December 25th 2004



3 Comments


Great link, which song would you recomend downloading first, there are so many :seeks suggestions:

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 26th 2004



2125 Comments


The only song they have from this album is "Von". If you mean from the band in general, go with these, in this order:

Untitled 4
Agaetis Byrjun
Starálfur
Untitled 8
Olsen Olsen

If you can find a studio copy of "Untitled 3" anywhere, get that second. Hit me up on MSN if you can't find one, [email]hartwigandrew@gmail.com[/email]

Oli_m
December 26th 2004



16 Comments


Nice review once again Mr Bread.

This is definately on the "to buy" list as of......................now.

biografiend
January 5th 2005



55 Comments


This album definitely took a few listens, but it has grown on me quite a bit. I agree with your review and with it being dragged out too long, and how experimental and different it is from their other two albums. Hun Jord and Von have got to be my two favorite tracks from this album. Good review.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
January 5th 2005



106 Comments


Nice review, Sigur Ros is on my 'Find some songs' list.

Toozey
January 5th 2005



77 Comments


I think this is more of an Ambient album though than Post-rock. It is very good, its quite dark at times.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 5th 2005



2125 Comments


[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]Nice review, Sigur Ros is on my 'Find some songs' list.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=br3ad_man]The only song they have from this album is "Von". If you mean from the band in general, go with these, in this order:

Untitled 4
Agaetis Byrjun
Starálfur
Untitled 8
Olsen Olsen

If you can find a studio copy of "Untitled 3" anywhere, get that second. Hit me up on MSN if you can't find one, [email]hartwigandrew@gmail.com[/email][/QUOTE]

:thumb:

istaros
June 17th 2008



310 Comments


bleh. "Myrkur" is great, the rest of it can be found in a million other places

LifeInABox
November 23rd 2008



3707 Comments



Untitled 4

Agaetis Byrjun

Star�lfur

Untitled 8

Olsen Olsen


Ehhh, I would say more like

Untitled 3

Ny Batteri

Hoppipolla

Untitled 1

Heysatan

Untitled 6

Staralfur

ish

chocola
October 27th 2009



266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the opening track is fuckin scary

darthbarf
December 7th 2009



445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is haunting. it's a great listen though, one of the most interesting post-rock albums i've ever heard

Ponton
Emeritus
December 7th 2009



5775 Comments


Hmm, I've neglected to listen to this actually. What are the best tracks?

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

darthbarf
December 7th 2009



445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd say Sigur Ros, Myrkur, Von, and Syndir Guos are my favorite tracks

TRMshadow
February 10th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

What's with all the crappy ratings for this, this is a solid 4

Meatplow
February 16th 2010



5524 Comments


This is some really good ambient music.

BenedictVII
October 24th 2010



369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sigur Ros is such a scary song. It takes you to the middle of some haunted forest and leaves you all alone with the flying monkeys of wizard of oz.

bechaz123
November 21st 2011



6 Comments


Great review, I very much agree.
But one correction:

Orri wasn't actually in the band at the time,
he didn't join until after the recording of Ágætis Byrjun.

The drummer on Von was Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson



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