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Album review: Sigur Rós' 'Kveikur'
In 2008 this cult-beloved Icelandic band upended expectations with "Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust," a set of relatively concise art-pop songs that suggested, after a series of increasingly tedious space-rock albums, that Sigur Rós had developed an interest in rhythm and energy. Predictably, reaction among the group's cult was mixed, and last year it backtracked with the typically sluggish "Valtari." All hope for excitement, it seemed, was lost.
By Mikael Wood
June 17, 2013