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Sigur Ros
Takk... (Geffen Records)

By: Alex Steininger

On their fourth full-length, Takk..., Icelandic outfit Sigur Ros once again provides the soundtrack for a winter wonderland. From the angelic vocals of "Me Bl?nasir", with its cold, but warm just the same, sparkling melodies and contemplative percussion, it's the perfect song to set the mood when you open up and realize it is Christmas day and it snowed. To "M?lan?", a ten-minute number of beauty and grace, reminding you that you can find happiness in the simplest of things. Or "Andvari", a gentle, fragile number bound by the light percussion, mourning vocals, and faint guitars. And then there is album closer "Heys?tan", a slow-moving, intricate anti-pop song that is as melodic, sans the hooks, as any catchy number.

Sigur Ros may not write instantly accessible, mind-numbing numbers, but their songs are personal and intricate, instantly warming the toughest of souls and making you care again. And it is this renewed urge to care when listening to Sigur Ros' complexity that will keep you listening - and pondering. I'll give it an A+.

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