Sigur Rós - Ágætis byrjun
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
1999 Ratings: #9 / 130
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1999 Ratings: #6
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Ágætis Byrjun is an album for the heart and soul -- an album for your life.

100
Sputnikmusic

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.

94
Pitchfork

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.

60
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.
Flamingooooo
NR

First of all, I would like to thank all the people for the fact that I managed to reach the number of 100 followers. I never thought so many people might want to read my shitty reviews and it really means a lot to me. But it doesn't really matter now , the most important thing for me is that thanks to AOTY I have found a new way of life that I want to follow - music. I never thought about music seriously, but now it's more than that, it's a new passion that really pleases me and makes me feel ... read more

Plats
100

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

exception
95

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

stevenpluto
80

The opening track Svefn-G-Englar is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Since it connected with me soo much I was anticipating the remainder of the album to be just as ascending but it wasn't. The rest of the songs were definitely good to very good but toward the end of my listen I was having trouble staying focused and enjoying it. Highly possible this is because of my immediately high expectations. Great album.

MarcPalop1
100

One of my fav albums oat

lassc
100

this album makes me feel hope in a way no other album has to this point. it dissolves my worries and fears, and washes them away with its hypnotic ebb and flow. the musical equivalent of a cool, quiet, and cloudy day—somber yet strangely comfortable.

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Track List

1Intro
1:36
88
2Svefn-G-Englar
10:06
97
3Starálfur
6:46
95
4Flugufrelsarinn
7:47
93
5Ný Batterí
8:10
95
6Hjartað Hamast (Bamm Bamm Bamm)
7:10
91
7Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
10:17
92
8Olsen Olsen
8:02
93
9Ágaetis Byrjun
7:55
92
10Avalon
4:02
85
Total Length: 1 hour, 11 minutes

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