Sigur Rós - Kveikur
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2013 Ratings: #69 / 962
User Score
Based on 358 ratings
2013 Ratings: #42
June 17, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

It's unsettling, chaotic, vengeful, astounding, invigorating and forces you to feel a plethora of cacophonous emotions concurrently. It's their loudest record. It's their darkest record. It's their best record in a long, long time.

90
The Line of Best Fit

This is dark, progressive music for dark, adult emotions. There’s little that’s whimsical or playful to it, and yet it’s still, somehow, pop music – despite being quite unlike anything else currently in the global mainstream.

90
Drowned in Sound

Kveikur is as melodic and, in places, as fragile as anything the band have released before. 

90
musicOMH

On Kveikur, even the tracks that start off poppy end up dark, a trait that comes across as honest and dynamic rather than relentlessly morbid.

90
Paste

Though Kveikur is more anxious and busy than a lot of their past output, it still possesses the heavenly quality all their other records so admirably held on to as well. 

84
Beats Per Minute

The variety of experience it offers not just from Valtari, but from the band’s entire catalogue, means that it stands among their best.

83
A.V. Club

It’s breathtaking as well as bloodcurdling.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

For Sigur Rós, Kveikur is their most gloves-off release to date and they land the punch.

81
Pitchfork

A collection that works as effectively as a spiritual experience and pop music, the essence of their overwhelming, widescreen grandeur conveyed with the immediacy of a 50-minute rock record.

80
DIY

The reinvention of Sigur Rós as clandestine creatures of the night, thunderous and full of chest-out bluster is a development that carries an intrinsic visceral thrill their output could never lay claim to.

80
Under The Radar

For those whose faith might have been temporarily tested by Valtari, Kveikur is a vibrant and much-needed reminder that the band's creative well is far from running dry. 

80
AllMusic

While Kveikur isn't a complete reinvention of their sound, it's the kind of palette shift that shows just how versatile and creative Sigur Rós can be. 

80
NME

On seventh album ‘Kveikur’, Sigur Rós are at their blackest and most sinister, sounding not so much reborn as in the ferocious throes of an almighty exorcism.

80
PopMatters

What Kveikur finds these musicians doing is expanding their sound with a sort of Goldilocks principle: not too much or to little change—especially considering how the latter has plagued them before—but just exactly the right amount.

70
Consequence of Sound

Those who have followed the band down the same trails for years will happily be able to do so again. But those who are still hungry for the thickets of Ágætis byrjun or the haunted tundra of Von won’t find many new landmarks here. 

70
No Ripcord

It’s a startling album, at once declaring the band’s total independence, their adoration for the music they have made, and their desire to break free, as if somehow trapped.

60
FACT Magazine

Kveikur is by no means a bad record: beautifully arranged, it does a good job of avoiding the twee sugariness of Sigur Rós’ last couple of albums. That said, its elements of darkness feel incidental to the overall triumphal blueprint.

Plats
98
"Kveikur" is Sigur Rós at their most "aggressive". They ditch the ambiance of "Valtari" in favor of adding industrial elements to their post-rock sound, with more complex drum sections and thunderous bass throughout. I love the atmosphere here, it's daunting, cold and punchy while never losing sight of their classic sound. That's not to say that it's entirely dark, the choruses are catchy and Jónsi's aching falsetto (which NEVER gets old) still ensure ... read more
joewindlebrox
98
Listening to this album is like seeing the beauty in a thunderstorm. A dark and compelling experience, this album is definitely worth putting the time into listening to it.
amygoodall
70
good
TheRootBoy
88
It seems Sigur Ros rented out living space in hell and returned to invite us to come over. You might not sit well with it at first, but Sigur Ros turn a dark page on Kveikur and plant evil seeds along the peaceful gardens of our minds. Hands down one of their strongest performances in a long while.
nickmmendes
83
heavy and pretty different from the others, sharper and daring. i'm crazy about it
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Added on: March 22, 2013