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Anyone expecting Jónsi's solo debut to sound anything much like his work as vocalist with Sigur Rós might be a little shocked. (Only a little, though.) Unlike the sound of the band, which is akin to being enveloped in a great misty cloud of shifting tones and textures, listening to Go is, for the most part, like being caught in a storm of color saturated hailstones. From the very beginning, Jónsi and his collaborators, composer Nico Muhly, Alex Somers (who was half of the Jónsi & Alex project), and Samuli Kosminen pepper the listener with shards of sunny strings and woodwinds, spools of chopped-up guitars and keyboards, all sorts of digital manipulations, and above it all, layers of Jónsi's reliably enthralling voice. The songs alternate between tracks like "Animal Arithmetic" and "Go Do," which sound like the bubbling soundtrack to an awesome training montage in a film where pixies are training to battle fairies; atmospheric tunes like "Sinking Friendships" and "Grow Till Tall" that drift by like puffy clouds; and string-heavy ballads like "Kolniður" and "Hengilás." These ballads anchor the record just enough to keep it from blowing away in the slightest wind and give it some emotional heft. One could argue that not every record necessarily needs this kind of weight, and that it would have been more fun to add two more songs that spun like out-of-balance tops, but since Jónsi does ballads really well, it’s hard to complain too much. It’s also hard to imagine a giddier song than "Boy Lilikoi," which swells and shimmers in a shower of flutes, bells, strings, and almost unbearably sugary vocals. Listening to it is like biting into a jelly-filled donut; only the jelly turns out to be a rainbow. While the whole album doesn’t quite deliver this kind of intense listening experience, enough of it does to make Go an essential addition to the collection of anyone who likes their music to come in colors. If Sigur Rós never releases another album, as long as Jónsi makes records this thrilling, it’ll be OK.
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1
Go Do
00:04:40

David Nelson, Trombone, Sackbut - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder, Produced by, Recording Engineer - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Produced by, Samples, Ukulele, Guitarra - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer, Programmer, Produced by, Instruments - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet - Christa Robinson, Horn, Oboe - Edward Burns, Bassoon - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Arranger, Piano, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - Alexandra Sopp, Flute - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Animal Arithmetic
00:03:23

David Nelson, Trombone - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Samples - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer, Programmer, Instruments - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet - Christa Robinson, Horn, Oboe - Edward Burns, Bassoon - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Arranger, Piano, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - Alexandra Sopp, Flute - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

3
Tornado
00:04:14

David Nelson, Trombone - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Samples - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer, Programmer, Instruments - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet - Christa Robinson, Horn, Oboe - Edward Burns, Bassoon - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Arranger, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

4
Boy Lilikoi
00:04:29

David Nelson, Trombone - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Recorder, Instruments - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Vocals, Samples - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer, Programmer, Instruments - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Harp, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet - Christa Robinson, Horn, Oboe - Edward Burns, Bassoon - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Piano, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - Alexandra Sopp, Flute - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

5
Sinking Friendships
00:04:42

David Nelson, Trombone - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Samples - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet - Christa Robinson, Horn, Oboe - Edward Burns, Bassoon - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Glockenspiel, Piano, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - Alexandra Sopp, Flute - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

6
Kolniður
00:03:55

David Nelson, Trombone - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Samples - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer, Programmer, Instruments - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet - Christa Robinson, Horn, Oboe - Edward Burns, Bassoon - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Piano, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - Alexandra Sopp, Flute - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

7
Around Us
00:05:18

Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Samples - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer, Programmer, Instruments - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet - Christa Robinson, Horn, Oboe - Edward Burns, Bassoon - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Arranger, Piano, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - Alexandra Sopp, Flute

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

8
Grow Till Tall
00:05:20

David Nelson, Trombone - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Samples - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer, Programmer, Instruments - Samuli Kosminen, Drums, Percussion - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Arranger, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

9
Hengilás
00:04:15

David Nelson, Trombone - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Greg Giorgio, Recording - Peter Katis, Producer, Engineer, Recorder - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Jón þor Birgisson, Composer, Producer, Vocals - Dan Parry, Mixer - Alex Somers, Producer - Courtney Orlando, Violin - John Pickford Richards, Viola - Brian Snow, Cello - Logan Coale, Double Bass - Jónsi, MainArtist - Nico Muhly, Arranger, Strings - Caleb Burhans, Violin - Nadia Sirota, Viola - Clarice Jensen, Cello - David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn - Kate Sheeran, French Horn - William Lang, Trombone

2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd 2010 Jón þor Birgisson under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

Album Description

Anyone expecting Jónsi's solo debut to sound anything much like his work as vocalist with Sigur Rós might be a little shocked. (Only a little, though.) Unlike the sound of the band, which is akin to being enveloped in a great misty cloud of shifting tones and textures, listening to Go is, for the most part, like being caught in a storm of color saturated hailstones. From the very beginning, Jónsi and his collaborators, composer Nico Muhly, Alex Somers (who was half of the Jónsi & Alex project), and Samuli Kosminen pepper the listener with shards of sunny strings and woodwinds, spools of chopped-up guitars and keyboards, all sorts of digital manipulations, and above it all, layers of Jónsi's reliably enthralling voice. The songs alternate between tracks like "Animal Arithmetic" and "Go Do," which sound like the bubbling soundtrack to an awesome training montage in a film where pixies are training to battle fairies; atmospheric tunes like "Sinking Friendships" and "Grow Till Tall" that drift by like puffy clouds; and string-heavy ballads like "Kolniður" and "Hengilás." These ballads anchor the record just enough to keep it from blowing away in the slightest wind and give it some emotional heft. One could argue that not every record necessarily needs this kind of weight, and that it would have been more fun to add two more songs that spun like out-of-balance tops, but since Jónsi does ballads really well, it’s hard to complain too much. It’s also hard to imagine a giddier song than "Boy Lilikoi," which swells and shimmers in a shower of flutes, bells, strings, and almost unbearably sugary vocals. Listening to it is like biting into a jelly-filled donut; only the jelly turns out to be a rainbow. While the whole album doesn’t quite deliver this kind of intense listening experience, enough of it does to make Go an essential addition to the collection of anyone who likes their music to come in colors. If Sigur Rós never releases another album, as long as Jónsi makes records this thrilling, it’ll be OK.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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