Sigur Ros
Takk...


5.0
classic

Review

by Londonskylines USER (3 Reviews)
December 28th, 2011 | 5 replies | 1,828 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Elegance

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Sigur Rós just sound Icelandic. The pristine and glistening undertones of Takk seem a fitting ode to their native homeland. Where Takk’s predecessor, ( ) emoted a sense of tragedy, Takk offers something more wholesome and majestic. The apocalyptic overtones of ( ) had been replaced by an assured sense of warmth.

“Glósóli” (Icelandic for Glowing Sole) flows with serene eloquence and oozes the tranquility of rural Iceland. Exaggerations aside, the unique meld of Neo-Classical, Ambient and “Sgt Peppers Era” Beatles makes for compelling listening.

“Hopp*polla”, is arguably the most “instant track” on offer here. It’s glacial motif, twinned with sanguine timpani and marching drums comes across as aptly “Nordic”. This is where the true strength of Takk lies. Sigur Rós manage to straddle a divine mix of Neo-Classical, Ambient, 60’s Pop and instant accessibility. On paper it sounds like a disaster, but on record it sounds like an evanescent Winter Solstice.

Takk’s excellent counterparts, ( ), Ágætis byrjun & Von are cut from an entirely different cloth. Those expecting the melancholy of ( ) & the cinematic scale of Ágætis byrjun will be solely disappointed with Takk. While the likes of the somber “Gong” recall earlier releases, the overall mood is deliberately up-beat.

Takk really is elegance personified…


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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2011



50094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

real short

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Jash
December 28th 2011



4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tl;dr

amanwithahammer
December 28th 2011



406 Comments


tldr

thebhoy
Emeritus
December 28th 2011



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not bad for a second review. Some things:

Where Takk’s predecessor, ( ) emoted a sense of tragedy, Takk offers something more wholesome and majestic.


Should have another comma after "( )" and don't use the album name twice in the same sentence, stylistically it don't look right.

“Hopp�*polla”, is arguably the most “instant track” on offer here


Comma splice.

Also, italicize album names.

Takk really is elegance personified


No it's not. If Takk was elegance personified, Takk would be an allegorical person, not an album. Be careful of word choice.

Finally, I know it's hard (trust me, I do) to avoid hyperbole with Sigur Ros, but saying they embody Nordic sounds, or whole glacial landscapes is: a) derivative (everyone says that), and b) generalization and perhaps a little
lazy.

Anyways, you have some good stuff here. Keep at it.

WashboardSuds
December 28th 2011



4992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool review, it was brief and minimal but you got the good word out

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