Spinning ‘Round: Meo Suo i Eyrum Vio Spilum Endalaust

Or, Wow, that title takes a really really long time to type out

sigur-rosSo, recently, unbeknownst to me, I posted a track off of this record that Sigur Ros performed as a Takeaway show for La Blogotheque. The performance was so good that it made me come back to this record to see if it might’ve gotten a little better with age–from what I remembered, it was a mostly dull and tedious experience. Unfortunately though,  Meo Suo i Eyrum Vio Spilum Endalaust is just as mundane as I remember.

What’s truly upsetting about this disc is how drastically it falls off the map after the first few songs. The album’s opener, “Gobbledigook” is the exact kind of track that Sigur Ros fans are craving: An inversion of their etherial sound, giving a more concrete and formulated song structure without completely abandoning their aesthetics. The energy created from the record’s opener carries througout the next four songs as well (one of which is the aforementioned live performance, “Vio Spilum Endalaust”–the live performance is better). But immediately after the album’s fourth track, “Festival”, it completely falls off. Not in the sense that the following tracks just don’t stack up to the previous five, but rather that there’s exactly zero memorable moments and movement throughout the rest of the disc. It stagnates and drolls along, showcasing the absolute worst of Sigur Ros.

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