By Weston M.
What does () exactly mean? No really one knows; Sigur Ros is an Icelandic band that produces absolutely jaw dropping, emotional, deep thinking music. () is no exception to this.
The band known as Sigur Ros is an Icelandic ambient/post-rock band from Reykjavík, Iceland. The band was started up in 1994 that is still active today. The band currently has three members in it and two former members that are currently not associated with them anymore. The current members of the band are Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson who is the man behind the absolutely beautiful vocals and also serves as a guitarist. Georg Hólm is the bassist while Orri Páll Dýrason is the drummer of the band. The band’s music is very noticeable for their integration of minimalist and classical musical elements into their music. As mentioned previously the instruments used in the band are guitar, bass, and drums along with the vocals.
The album () was recorded in 2002 in the recording studio at the small town of Mosfellsbær, Iceland. The reason that the album is titled () is because the band wanted to leave the title up to the interpretation of the listener. Pitchfork place the album at 29th on the best albums of 2002 out of 50. The album was generally well received upon release by critics garnering an 82 out 100 on the metacritic.
Many will ask what makes this album stand out, well let me tell you; the mesmerizingly beautiful atmosphere that is created by the music. The guitar work in this song combined with all the other instruments creates something special for the listener as they are forced to look deep into their soul and ask themselves deep and personal questions about themselves. The vocals are top shelf and I just love how they’re in Icelandic because this meant that Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson didn’t have to compromise the beauty of his vocals while translating the album into English. It should be noted that a large part of the reason for this was because the band does not speak fluent English. It actually makes the music better because you’re wondering what they’re saying and you can leave it up to your own imagination if you will. The track that stood out the most for me was definitely untitled 4, just the atmosphere created by this song is inspiring; you can almost feel like a new beginning of sorts is coming. It makes one feel strong and hopeful for the future. It’s really hard to pinpoint an exact part of it, it’s all so good.
The album is so significant because of its beauty; it truly is indescribable. This album to me stand out from all the other in the world because it made me think sometimes that is hard thing to do especially with music. As long as I continue to walk on the face of this I believe that I will remember this album because of the lasting impact of how it made me think.
It really should not be hard to tell as whether or not I’m going to tell you to buy this or not; the answer is the question a resounding yes! This album was absolutely superb and I would give it two thumbs up. I really think that people should give this album a whirl even if it’s not their style of music; they just might like it. It’s all up to your interpretation after all.
Weston M. is a grade 12 student with a not so large passion for music but was moved emotionally by the album ().