Ágætis byrjun

Label
fatcatrecords
Release date
22 May 2001
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
70:53

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intro 1:36 299,125
2 Svefn-g-englar 9:16 445,322
3 Starálfur 6:44 458,427
4 Flugufrelsarinn 7:46 310,271
5 Ný batterí 8:08 209,577
6 Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm) 7:08 89,647
7 Viðrar Vel Til Loftárasa 10:15 9,745
8 Olsen Olsen 8:03 305,667
9 Ágætis byrjun 7:54 309,877
10 Avalon 4:03 266,352

About this album

Ágætis Byrjun is Sigur Rós’ second LP, originally released by Smekkleysa records in 1999, receiving later worldwide distribution from Fat Cat in May of 2001. This album began a hype storm for the previously unheard band, earning endorsements from many critics and musicians, famously including Thom Yorke’s glowing approval. It is generally considered their best-liked album, and it appeared on many critics’ “best of 2000 / 2001” record lists.

The album’s title came from a friend hearing the first song they had written for the album, which would become the title track. After hearing the song, he said it was “a good beginning”; the name stuck. The name has also been translated as “An alright start.”
Sigur Rós won an Iceland Music Award and the 2001 Shortlist Music Prize for this album.

Compared to their first record, Ágætis Byrjun has a spectacular level of production, causing their magical, lullaby post-rock sound to manifest in all of its glory for the first time. Also, this album incorporated more kinds of instruments than the debut. The band is lumped into the post-rock category because they play slow, lengthy compositions that feature classical-style arrangements and themes played by string sections and other instruments, while utilizing rock crescendo effects similar to Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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  • KarmaPolice95

    I know this is pretty shameless self-promotion, but if you're into ambient/soundscapes/etc., you might like my new release, Summer Ghosts. It's ambient music inspired by amazing talents like Sigur Rós, Jonsí & Alex, Brian Eno, Tycho, and more, so check it out if you'd like! You can find both of my releases at https://bestghosts.bandcamp.com/. Have a good one.

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  • KarmaPolice95

    I know this is shameless self-promotion, but if you guys enjoy this album like I have for years, you might like my own self-released album. It's a collection of ambient tracks, but it's hugely inspired by Sigur Rós, Riceboy Sleeps, Brian Eno, etc. so if you're into any of those fine names you might like this!! You can find it at bestghosts.bandcamp.com

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    Beauty.

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    Better than any drug I've ever tried.

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    This is my fav.

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  • Yhavimoth

    Great album but not their best.

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    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [107] One of the best albums ever recorded.

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    Hard to believe this is almost 15 years old.

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