Ágætis Byrjun

Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
1999 Ratings: #8 / 111
User Score
Based on 872 ratings
1999 Ratings: #2
Liked by 42 people
June 12, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
Pias / Fat Cat / Bad Taste / Label
Post-Rock / Genres
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Ágætis Byrjun is an album for the heart and soul -- an album for your life.


For all of the hyperbole thrown at this album, it still remains indescribable. It sounds other worldly, while seeming so beautiful and so natural. It represents a standard, and one the band really have yet to duplicate, yet somehow, it’s impossible to think that they really ever will.


Sigur Rós effortlessly make music that is massive, glacial, and sparse. They are Hidden People ... They are the first vital band of the 21st Century.

The Guardian
They may be prone to kicking off songs by sustaining one note until they get bored, but greater crimes have been committed in the pursuit of post-rock queerness - and Sigur Ros have a great deal of redeeming prettiness.
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I cannot begin to describe the amount of emotions I felt when listening to "Ágætis byrjun" for the first time. They weren't necessarily happy emotions, but I did feel was a fresh sense of optimism, bliss, comfort and, at other times, pure sadness. The atmosphere is majestic and the sonic palette is absolutely phenomenal.

I felt like I was floating around my room, which eventually turned into a starry night sky. I didn't care about what head space I was in at the moment, ... read more
Showing a lighter and more abstract side of post-rock, Sigur Rós' masterpiece is among some of the most otherworldly music I have ever come across. Throughout over an hour of music that ranges from piano and flute-driven songs to more traditionally rock songs, the sonic range that the band crosses is wider than the vast majority of nearly any other album. Extremely soft at times, and then pummeling into the depths of your ears, Agaetis Byrjun stands alone as a beautiful milestone in ... read more
Originally released in 1999 under the label Smekkleysa ("Bad Taste" in Icelandic), "Ágætis byrjun", roughly translated to 'A Good Start' in English, is undoubtedly the Icelandic quartet's magnum opus work. It's also the album that launched the band's popularity not only in Iceland but in the rest of the world—people often seem to forget that it was this album that got Sigur Rós from playing in church basements to playing in stadiums and being icons ... read more
Quite easily one of the most beautiful albums ever recorded
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Svefn g englar
  3. Staralfur
  4. Flugufrelsarinn
  5. Ny batteri
  6. Hjartad hamast
  7. Vidrar vel til loftarasa
  8. Olsen olsen
  9. Agaetis byrjun
  10. Avalon
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