10 - Sigur Rós – Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

2005's Takk... brought Sigur Ros an audience they never expected to reach, the transcendent strings and choirs of "Hoppípolla" gracing just about every radio station in the world. After 2007's live album Hvarf/Heim and film release Heima the band returned with Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, the meaning translating roughly as With Buzzing in Our Ears We Play Endlessly. The Icelandic group used the new album to strip back some of the ethereal elements of their previous work, and recently finished a world tour which saw the group playing as a stripped down four piece for the first time in over seven years.

Launching the album with free download “Gobbledigook” it was clear that the new album was going to be a punchier affair. Erratic drum thumps and howls litter the track and singer Jón Þór Birgisson's vocals are breathier and deeper than on many Sigur Rós classics. Jónsi's trademark non-language Hopelandic makes fewer appearances on Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust than it does in previous albums, and “All Alright” became the first Sigur Rós track to feature vocals in English.

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