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Sigur Ros
() (MCA Records)

By: Alex Steininger

On their third record, Iceland's Sigur Ros defy all logic and convention, simply titling their album (), while none of the eight tracks were given a name. The artwork is equally peculiar and confusing. Printed on fancy gray paper with images of grass and branches, there are no words, logos, or labeling whatsoever, except for the sticker on the wrapper that states the album is by Sigur Ros and that it is entitled (). Once removed, and thrown away, you're left with only one clue that the record is Sigur Ros' latest. The URL, written on the back of the booklet, at the bottom, only to be revealed once the CD has been unwrapped and the jewel case opened.

The eight untitled tracks are equally compelling and mysterious. Sigur Ros' use of airy melodies and space help shape and define the lightweight, breezy tunes, while the textured guitars and high-registered vocals give things a sweet, melting effect.

Equal parts spooky and beautiful, Sigur Ros, who's last full-length, Gaetis Byrjun, was more produced, take a step backwards to allow their songs to sink in, relying on the versatility and flexibility of their creations to take you places, rather than shaping the trip for you.

One of the most compelling records of the year, Sigur Ros makes you focus on the music and the sound-scapes they create, wiping away any preconceived notions or ideas by stripping away all visual stimulants (artwork) and labeling (titles) to mold your opinions. This is uninhibited music in its truest form, nature as sound, and a soundtrack for the lives of those who love the beauty in every day life. I'll give it an A+.

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