Ágætis byrjun

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

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intro 1:36 305,747
2 Svefn-g-englar 9:16 455,407
3 Starálfur 6:44 473,612
4 Flugufrelsarinn 7:46 315,623
5 Ný batterí 8:08 214,535
6 Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm) 7:08 91,226
7 Viðrar Vel Til Loftárasa 10:15 9,833
8 Olsen Olsen 8:03 311,258
9 Ágætis byrjun 7:54 314,711
10 Avalon 4:03 270,458

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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  • nesso011

    Their all time masterpiece. Such a solid experience of emotional freedom, such beautiful melancholy. You just can´t get over this album, you might forget it some time but it always comes back. Always.

    23 Feb 12:16am Reply
  • vaka3

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [119]

    19 Feb 9:32pm Reply
  • datCometchen

    Still best album ever made!

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Toll_Suur

    If you're working in a travel agency that offers hot tours to Iceland you must include this CD in all your brochures and you'll certainly hit jackpot

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • StalkerNG

    First post-rock album I ever listened to. Best pick I could've made!

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • vrinicius

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [118]

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • 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.

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Feyttozah

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [117]

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • KavishSins

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [116]

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [115]

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • skywalkeriit

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [114]

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • thehatchet777

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [113]

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Wackloner

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [112]

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JoaquinCLD

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [111]

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • 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

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • issawiki

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [110]

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Somebody at NASA should launch this album on an interstellar probe so it's the first thing aliens discover about us. [109]

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • grapejoos

    The perfect litmus test for cynicism. [2]

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Uchiha_HyBreeD

    Beauty.

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Better than any drug I've ever tried.

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
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