Today is Sunday, I try my hardest to listen to nonsecular music on this so call day of rest (having been in meetings since 10am this morning I'm not sure if that is the case). However, on some Sundays, this one in particular, I find the calm mood in need of a little more then Janice Kapp Perry. And certainly the only circumstance in existence that calls for a Michael McLain song is an execution. So on this Sunday I've decided on Sigur Ros' latest album, Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust (With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly), and have concluded once again that it is possible one of the best Sunday listening albums out there.
The album was released on June 23rd 2008 in the US... and has received very positive critical review. Having been a fan of the band for a couple of years now, this album is a welcome surprise in the progressive sound of the group. And its happy. I've wanted to review the album critically for a while and so this Sunday has given me a great opportunity.
The explosion of the opening song (Gobbledigook) is so exiting I find myself moving to the edge of my seat in anticipation of what will come next. The layered melodies that flow over top of each other like water over the rocks in a river, while on the shores the drummers pound out a responsive message. There is a seamless transition into the next song (Inní mér syngur vitleysingur) and from there the album just flows on to the sea. The album has such an exuberant feel to it. Each song breaths more and more life into the human spirit growing and building towards something great and finally reaches it at a crescendo with one min left in Ára bátur, your heart feels like it will over flow and gush out Icelandic beauty everywhere. From there the albums just softly glide away...
I could go on and on about this album... but will stop here. Please find this album! I have purposely not uploaded a song because this is an album you need to experience as an album. Find it and on a Sunday morning, when the sun is peicing the horizon and a new breath is filling your heart, put it on and With a Buzz in your Ears you will Play on Endlessly.
Sigur Ros will be in town at the Marguee Theater in Tempe on September 30th, get tickets soon they are selling out like mad!