Sigur Ros' Breakthrough Album on 180g Double Vinyl! Includes Bonus CD!
Ágætis Byrjun is the second album by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, released in 1999. Ágætis Byrjun was recorded between the summer of 1998 to the spring of 1999 with producer Ken Thomas, and became Sigur Rós's breakthrough album, both critically and commercially. Ágætis Byrjun represented a substantial departure from the band's previous album Von, with that album's Cocteau Twins-esque dream pop and extended ambient soundscapes replaced by Jónsi Birgisson's now signature cello-bowed guitarwork and lush orchestration (using a double string octet amongst other orchestral elements).
The album's title came from a friend hearing the first song they had written for the album, which would become the title track. After hearing the song, he said it was "a good beginning;" the name stuck. The name has also been translated as "An alright start."
Sigur Rós won an Iceland Music Award and the 2001 Shortlist Music Prize for this album. Ágætis Byrjun was placed by Pitchfork Media at number 2 on their annual Best Albums list for 2000, and was placed at 8 on their top 200 albums of the 2000s list. In December 2009, Rolling Stone ranked Ágætis Byrjun the 29th best album of the 2000s.
"...the album pumps in the morning mist with "Sven-G-Englar" -- a song of such accomplished gorgeousness that one wonders why such a tiny country as Iceland can musically outperform entire continents in just a few short minutes. The rest of this full-length follows such similar quality...Rarely has a sophomore effort sounded this thick and surprising. Which means that "Good Start" might as well become of the most charming understatements to come out of a band in years." -Dean Carlson, allmusic.com
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5. Ny batteri
6. Hjartao hamast
7. Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa
8. Olsen Olsen
9. Agaetis Byrjun