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Rock - Released April 5, 2010 | Parlophone UK

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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. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Film Soundtracks - Released December 9, 2011 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 14, 2010 | KRUNK

Released in conjunction with a behind-the-scenes DVD, Go Live sees Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi attempt to re-create the orchestral folk-pop of his debut album, Go, in front of an unusually polite but receptive live audience. Recorded at Belgium's Ancienne Belgique at the beginning of his 2010 tour, with a smattering of performances taken from one of his final dates at the Brighton Dome, it's a task that the Icelandic artist passes with flying colors, as his four-piece band somehow manages to produce the same expansive sound as composer Nico Muhly's original arrangements, while his astonishing dreamlike falsetto appears even more impressive without the aid of any studio polish. With only one solo album to his name, the 14-track set is bulked up with sprawling extended versions of its nine numbers, including the ten-minute rendition of "Grow Till Tall," but it's the five new compositions that will intrigue the fans who didn't get to witness the rather elaborate visual spectacle. In keeping with the set list's theme of first half melancholic, second half upbeat, the fingerpicking "Stars in Still Water," slow-building "Icicle Sleeves," and heartbreaking "Saint Naive" are the kinds of atmospheric hymnal ballads his band has built a career on, but -- showcasing his experimental tendencies -- "New Piano Song" is a slightly chaotic and perhaps unfinished fusion of clattering percussion and sprightly piano chords, while "Sticks and Stones" is an emotionally stirring performance of his contribution to the Oscar-nominated animation How to Train Your Dragon. Of course, like Iceland's most famous musical export, Björk, Jónsi's distinctive mystical tones are still perhaps an acquired taste, but like his female compatriot, Go Live suggests that no country appears to do otherworldly avant-garde pop any better. © Jon O'Brien /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 16, 2010 | KRUNK

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Folk - Released November 29, 2010 | Parlophone UK

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Rock - Released March 19, 2010 | Parlophone UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 24, 2010 | KRUNK

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Pop - Released June 4, 2010 | Parlophone UK

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  • The Icelandic King of Pop is Back!
    The Icelandic King of Pop is Back! The frontman of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, Jónsi, had tried his hand at a solo career ten years ago with the album Go. In order to get the ball rolling in this direction again, it took an offer from...