Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Favorite Albums of the 2000's: #4

Sigur Rós: Ágætis byrjun

Remember that scene in The Shawshank Redemption, where Andy locks himself in the warden's office and blasts opera over the loudspeakers? Red's monologue describing it captures what it's like listening to this album, at least for those of us that don't speak Icelandic.

"I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are better left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful it can’t expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a grey place dares to dream. It was as if some beautiful bird had flapped into our drab little cage and made these walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free."

Yeah, I've looked up the translations of some of these songs, but I really didn't make an effort to remember what they were about. Like Red stated so perfectly, some things are better left unsaid. And I prefer listening to this album and making it about what I want it to be anyways. Icelandic post-rock...go figure.

Yes, I'm aware, this video is very weird.

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