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Artist: Sigur Rós

Date Released: 1997 (re-released 2005)

Label: One Little Indian/Smekkleysa Records

Produced By:

Tracklisting:

  1. Sigur Rós (9:46)
  2. Dögun (5:50)
  3. Hún Jörð... (7:17)
  4. Leit Að Lífi (2:33)
  5. Myrkur (6:14)
  6. 18 Sekúndur Fyrir Sólarupprás (0:18)
  7. Hafssól (12:24)
  8. Veröld Ný Og Óð (3:29)
  9. Von (5:12)
  10. Mistur (2:16)
  11. Syndir Guðs (Opinberun Frelsarans) (7:40)
  12. Rukrym (8:59)

ReviewEdit

When released in 1997, Von, Sigur Rós’s first full-length, caused little stir and brought only a little attention to the Icelandic creative powerhouses. Then in 1999 they dropped Agætis Byrjun which launched them to international success and the devout attention of prog-rockers everywhere. They followed that up with an argueably better record simply called ( ), which they actually created a new language to sing in (if that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is). They single-handedly put Iceland on the musical map raised their status to the likes of Radiohead, but not as accessible. This was their hard-to-find album that only devout fans could get their hands on until now. Re-released with no changes or enhancements in 2005, it is amazing that a band could be so mind-blowingly creative on their first album. The only downside to this album is that it runs well over an hour with really only 3 radio-friendly songs (read under 7 minutes and accessible to a listening audience unfamiliar with experimental music), so it is more than likely that this album will be the reason for any new fans to jump on the bandwagon. Mpardaiolo

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