Valtari

Sigur Rós - Valtari
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2012 Ratings: #324 / 944
User Score
Based on 155 ratings
2012 Ratings: #141
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.

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.

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?

Strangelightsyd
85
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.
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
78
Definitely one of their weaker releases. Still beautiful though.

Best Tracks: Ekki múkk, Varúð, Fjögur píanó, Ég anda

Worst Tracks: Valtari
NR
This one is their second worst after Von (just an opinion), and it's around a 74. I mean come on! Listen to their records already!
TheMusicMan
70
A good album but expected a bit more from the Icelandic legends when compared to most of their other albums. Come on sirs you are greater than this!
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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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