...And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness

Ólafur Arnalds - ...And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2010 Ratings: #351 / 875
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
2010 Ratings: #52
June 8, 2010 / Release Date
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Erased Tapes / Label
Ambient / Genres
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Yaysuz
90
My adventure of reviewing my vinyl records continues.

And wow, it's not often you hear such a beautiful record as this. It seems that Iceland has no shortage of artists capable of creating beautiful concoctions of sound. Sigur Ros, the late Johann Johannsson... and now Olafur Arnalds.

It may be my irrational love of post-rock/ambient music that makes me instantly fall in love with records such as these. Arnalds's reverb-soaked piano, accompanied by the sweeping strings build up slowly but ... read more
hmj
86
A beautiful ambient piano and strings album. A truly wonderful experience for anyone who is at all into post-rock, classical or ambient music as a whole.
tylersreviews
75
Heartwarming ambient, piano songs that rattle my membrane endlessly, imagining emotional flocks of seagulls surrounding my shoulders, bursting into oblivion as I cry during a beautiful sunset, waving goodbye to all of my loved ones as they sail away on a big brown boat into the horizon where I can no longer see them until I reach victory, me knowing there’s a 0% chance I will ever reach it. Just kidding great album 7.5/10 thanks hmj woo
daFigz
93
Styles by way of gorgeous ambient songcraft, string arrangement and the inclusion of both electronic coloring and more traditional rock instruments by way of guitar & drums. By no means "Mainstream" any more than it qualifies as a purely "Classical" LP, Arnalds introduces the listener to the nuclear kernel (of his imagination) that will become Arnald's future modern classical recordings. The English song title translations reveal the poetic license Arnald's applied to ... read more
Cyan
79
I dunno man it just made sad and happy at the same time. I wanna cry now.
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Track List

  1. Þú ert sólin 
  2. Þú ert jörðin 
  3. Tunglið 
  4. Loftið verður skyndilega kalt 
  5. Kjurrt 
  6. Gleypa okkur 
  7. Hægt, kemur ljósið 
  8. Undan hulu 
  9. Þau hafa sloppið undanþunga myrkursins
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