Valtari

Sigur Rós - Valtari
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2012 Ratings: #320 / 956
User Score
Based on 191 ratings
2012 Ratings: #145
May 28, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The 405

Mirroring Sigur Rós' career as a whole, Valtari flows through a series of peaks and troughs, each as beguiling as the last. 

91
A.V. Club

Sigur Rós delivers a nearly percussion-free batch of ambient soundscapes that may frustrate fans of its more direct predecessor, but ranks among the group’s most elegant records.

80
musicOMH

Valtari is a complex album and time is required for these songs to become truly effective. Once their beauty becomes apparent however, it becomes clear that Valtari is up there with Sigur Rós’ best work. 

80
Drowned in Sound

Valtari might not be a huge digression for the band but that doesn’t matter: this is quietly, entrancingly and thoroughly sublime.

80
Consequence of Sound

Valtari is universe music, the type of stuff to fill a cathedral, or maybe a valley.

80
AllMusic

On the surface, Valtari may seem like a step back for the band, but instead of just retreading the past, the album is one of their best; a refined display of their musical power with breathtaking dynamics and enough emotion to flood an ocean.

80
American Songwriter

As an album, Valtari might not be the band’s masterwork, but it very well could be their re-birth.

79
Beats Per Minute

Just like it’s easy to imagine the band using Valtari‘s original recording sessions to try to out-cotton candy their most recent efforts, it’s equally easy to imagine that, when those sessions turned up nothing worth releasing, Sigur Rós scrapped everything, took their time, avoided cheap thrills and outlandish statements, and submitted a powerfully gentle album; the first sheet of ice covering the lake.

70
NME

If you’re not a convert to Sigur Rós’ ethereal, wide-eyed majesty, then this probably won’t do anything to change your mind. 

70
PopMatters

A masterpiece it isn’t, but Valtari is undeniably significant, as this could be the very moment where Sigur Rós have hit the ceiling of their own beauty.

70
Alternative Press

While not a major departure, Valtari adds a fresh, ghostly layer to Sigur Rós’ slow-motion sprawl.

66
Paste

It draws up comparisons to the band’s best work without really ever coming together as a satisfying, whole piece.

61
Pitchfork

Their sixth studio album so flattens and narrows Sigur Rós' aesthetic to the point where the title scans as self-parody. 

60
Under The Radar

The album is the opposite of its namesake—a lighter-than-air affair that lands with the intensity of a feather. 

60
FACT Magazine

Where do you draw the line between some dizzyingly universal sense of the profound and a tired string of empty platitudes?

60
The Observer
"Valtari" means "steamroller", but no one's in danger of getting flattened by anything approaching Wagnerian blasts. These slow-building, shivery washes of sound are what the band do best, proving worthy of far more listening time than those incidental moments soundtracking nature programmes.
Flamingooooo
90
This is practically the most beautiful album in terms of sound I've ever listened to in my life. Maybe it's not as good as Ágætis byrjun because it's not as diverse in terms of music and structure. However, it doesn't change the fact that the album is unique and has brought me a state of peace and happiness. When I listen to this kind of music I don't have to focus on lyrics. This makes it easier for me to appreciate the music itself. It's an album type that doesn't need words to ... read more
Strangelightsyd
70
You know it's a damn good band when even their weakest album (so far) is still one of the most beautiful and atmospheric things you've ever heard.
Plats
79
Sigur Rós go for a heavily-ambient approach on "Valtari". While it's one of their weaker releases, it still provides gorgeous arrangements and Jónsi's eargasmic falsetto to make it yet another worthy addition to one hell of a beautiful catalog!

Fav Tracks: Ekki múkk, Varuð, Fjögur píanó, Ég anda, Rembihnútur

Least Fav Track: Varðeldur

Score:
7.9
"I get it."
PipePanic
82
Who knew It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia would get me into Avant-garde Icelandic ambient rock?

This music is georgeous. It's a blissful, intensly crafted piece of what could be considered 'nee classical'. Each track brings more creativity and passion then the last, with the arrangements, while sounding similer, being so beautiful and graceful that it's almost like your being transported to another world. From the lush intrumentation to the fragile yet powerful vocals, it's trancendence music ... read more
Kamalayan
85
Ambient, minimalist project ng Icelandic post-rock band na Sigur Rós. Isa sa pinakapaborito kong album. Lundayan ng emosyon hanggang sa lumagos sa lawa-lawanit na dingding na itinayo mo sa iyong paligid.
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Track List

  1. Êg Anda 
  2. Ekki Múkk
  3. Varúð
  4. Rembihnûtur
  5. Dauðalogn
  6. Varðeldur
  7. Valtari
  8. Fjögur Píanó
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