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Sigur Rós
Takk...
Geffen Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


October 4, 2005
Great art, be it painting or design or other creative forms, often comes from fluidity of motion. Sigur Rós has proven very thoroughly that this concept also applies to music, and on their newest release, Takk…, they reiterate every point of natural beauty.

I imagine Takk… is what hardened serial killers might listen to to drown out their remorse, and what angels may cling to to reconnect with earth. While many albums can be played unobtrusively while going about one's daily business, few can rise above the mundane and provide a portal to somewhere so far beyond. Sigur Rós embody more than an aesthetic and an array of mournful whalesongs: what their admirers undoubtedly recognize is the band's ineffable ability to transport their creation and their audience to somewhere majestically greater. Each of their albums is a work of genius; this is simply their latest.

Impossibly engrossing, it is difficult to tear away from the glorious world Sigur Rós creates herein. There are so few pleasures as dreamlike or exquisite when grounded in reality. With its ethereal coo, Takk… makes you wish for more beauty than your soul could possibly bear. It is a glimpse of Heaven that shows one's most perfect dreams to be insufferably limiting; everything else seems plain and ordinary in comparison.

In line with Agaetis Byrjun and (), Takk… is perhaps their most accessible work, and while it is certainly more of what we have come to expect, it is in no way repetitive or exhausted. Its presence is not as crystalline as Agaetis Byrjun, nor is it as haunted as (); it has a mood unto itself, more plucky and bustling than its abundant grace lets on. Takk… has meaning and purpose to lighten the spirit.

Given its ripe wholeness, tracks should rarely be pulled from their context for meticulous examination: Takk… works as an album, a moment and a feeling, not a distinct collection. It should hardly be shuffled or stirred; its pieces are seamlessly laid to elicit the most feeling and invigoration possible. While certain moments of unrivaled clarity cannot be denied - including the emotional apexes achieved in the gauzily welcoming title track, the crashing, irrepressible final moments of "Glósóli", the pounding, warlike determination of "Sćglópur" and the swirling, divine patterns of "Gong" - Takk… is, in every right, a masterpiece to be absorbed in full. It will, absolutely and deservedly, reside among the best of the year, but, when given space, can ruminate indefinitely in one's consciousness and soul.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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