Sigur Ros
From the cinematic, slow-build beginning to its hesitant and reluctant end, this album is epic. The band continues on its path of anomaly in the kingdom of commercial rock. Even more so than the enigmatic early days of Radiohead, Sigur Ros’ enormous popularity does not seem to make sense and yet it absolutely does. The music is soothing, powerful and completely foreign. Each track lures the listener on a different aural journey. Though completely orchestral, Takk still waxes and wanes with hints of familiar alt-rock progressions amongst its grand musical strokes. The band also pays subtle homage to the master of orchestral pop himself — Brian Wilson — if you pay attention. What makes it great? With each additional listen a new understated detail is revealed.
—Colin MacKenzie

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