Sigur Ros
Takk...


4.5
superb

Review

by Jerrad Williams USER (5 Reviews)
August 12th, 2014 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


There is perhaps nothing more sacred than the experience felt from listening to songs and albums that transport a given listener into different epochs of their own lives. Each note and chord progression ignites a visual representation of a sequence of memories or events; thus rendering the listener completely helpless as they recall past events. Photographs, motion pictures, and other artistic mediums certainly share the same nostalgic prowess that music possesses, but music is unique. Similar to memories themselves, music is not concrete. Songs and albums are nothing more than pieces of loose threading, and that threading is ultimately left to the consumer as they involuntarily weave distinct patterns into their own intricate webs. The previous point is especially true for a musical work that is written in a language that is foreign to the overwhelming majority of the world's population.

Sigur Ros' Takk is a magnificent web that is comprised of the widest color spectrum. Takk wears a sparkling and elegant atmosphere on its sleeve that serves as the album's binding. This bright atmosphere is nothing short of cinematic with the grand elements that Sigur Ros has become accustomed to utilizing over its near two-decade existence. Arguably the most notable of the aforementioned elements is the cello-bowed guitar, which is gorgeously implemented on tracks like Glosoli and Saeglopur. Jonsi uses his bowed guitar similar to how a masterful painter splashes their colors onto an easel, and he does it tastefully as it only complements the artwork's counterparts. Takk also has orchestral instruments (similar to Sigur Ros' previous works), but instruments like the glockenspiel and the horns play a larger role than ever as they carry many of Takk's greatest moments. Takk is not only bright and innocent pastels however.

Sigur Ros' music is renowned for its exoteric emotional reins, and many a listener have grappled onto these reins for a variety of reasons. When it comes to Takk, it is not hard to see why that happens to be the case. In many ways, Takk is the perfect representation as to why that is the case, as the album spirals through pastel highs while it simultaneously treads on royal blues and reds. These deeper shades of emotion are perfectly exhibited on tracks like Saeglopur, Andvari, Hoppipola, and Hoppipola's sister track Meo Blodnasir. These tracks are some of the band's most accessible pieces of sonic exploration, but they are also some of the most captivating songs within Sigur Ros' genre.

Takk is also a brilliant platform for Jonsi's voice, and his vocals represent a unique shade that sits somewhere within the middle of the spectrum. Jonsi's vocals bear an exotic timbre due to their high flavor. The previous point may be a negative trait to many listeners, but one of the most startling characteristics of Sigur Ros' vocal work is its instrumentality. All vocals carry sets of melodies disregarding their aesthetic quality, tone and timbres, but Jonsi's vocals bear a quality that is not far from being akin to an instrument like a soprano flute that is soaked with a dense reverb. The Icelandic lyrics certainly contribute to this as the non-Icelandic speaker's gaze is automatically focused on the voice itself. Takk's melodies are absolutely stunning for the most part, and the only areas where the melodies tend to drag are the songs that do not offer dynamic contrasts. Svo Hjlott, a throwback from Sigur Ros' first album Von, exemplifies this perfectly. While Svo Hjlott's melodies are still fantastic, the song does not have the same degree of curiosity that the rest of the tracks wear on their sleeves.

Takk represents a dazzling web that resurrects a plethora of memories. Each of the memories that Takk brings to life are largely insignificant and universal: graduations, social gatherings, long and forgotten trips with no ostensible purpose, but also heartache, loss, and those days where you feel as if you are drowning from the air that others appear to be taking in with no effort. Takk is not a perfect album, but it is a superb album that perfectly exemplifies the term “bittersweet”. There are moments where it is impossible to not listen to this album as its a wonderful means of craving a musical sweet tooth, but there are also moments where it is genuinely hard to listen to this album due to its emotional dexterity. Regardless, Takk on its own is an alluring experience that is vital for anyone who is craving sonic beauty, but is also velvet laced threading that implores you to weave its strings into your own series of intricacies.


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beefshoes
August 12th 2014


4231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Takk is really only a hair away from being a 5 for me. I actually struggled trying to find complaints
or issues with the album as a whole. It's immensely nostalgic.
Also, this is my first review in about a year. It does have two additional 4.5 reviews, but I've been
wanting to offer my take on this record for quite awhile. It's just difficult for me trying to
describe an entire record without rambling.

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 12th 2014


1219 Comments


"exoteric emotional reins" - what do you mean by this?

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2014


10873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great stuff man, nice read.

beefshoes
August 12th 2014


4231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"exoteric emotional reins" - what do you mean by this?

Essentially, you don't have to dig for emotional meaning since it is already there to a large degree.
I might change that metaphor. Exoteric
might not even be an official word. I just figured that it is the opposite from esoteric.

Thank you Mongi! Glad you enjoyed it.

ScuroFantasma
August 12th 2014


2267 Comments


Great review Beef, po's. I really need to get this album, everything I've heard of this has been really good.

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beefshoes
August 12th 2014


4231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks! Have you listened to Sigur Ros before? This is arguably the best album to start with if you haven't, or if you've only heard individual songs. A lot of people might say Aegaetis byrjun or ( ), but Takk was a lot more immediate for myself.

fallenbird
August 12th 2014


3963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos'd

Also album is brilliant

jtswope
August 12th 2014


2369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes it is.

OmairSh
August 12th 2014


11576 Comments


BEEF

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avonbarksdale221
August 12th 2014


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice one dude. Love this lots.

Artuma
August 12th 2014


14491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pos'd

amazing album

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ScuroFantasma
August 12th 2014


2267 Comments


@beef I have heard them before but only individual songs (which I know is wrong but I'd prefer to get the CD before listening to the full album). I'm glad you think this is a good place to start though, I'll probably pick this up soon then.

Artuma
August 12th 2014


14491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea this is prob the best sigur album to get first

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 12th 2014


13341 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

because its the best haha you walked right into that one art!!!!!!!!!

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Artuma
August 12th 2014


14491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

noooo

beefshoes
August 12th 2014


4231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys!
Yeah, give it a go Scuro.
If you dig it, then definitely check out their first two records later on.
I prefer Takk to Aegatis, but ( ) is my all time favorite.

bach
August 12th 2014


12912 Comments


lol fox got ya good art!!

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2014


10873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man Gong is the best. Milano and Gong is such an uplifting one-two punch.

beefshoes
August 12th 2014


4231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed, but I'd definitely add Andvari to that. It has an incredible outro.

trackbytrackreviews
August 12th 2014


1392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a 5 wtf neg



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