Sigur Ros get atmospheric at Massey Hall Monday (September 19). Rating: NNN
Even if you can get past the fact that Sigur Ros provided the soundtrack for little Apple Paltrow-Martin's mewling-and-puking exit from the womb, there's something about the Icelandic post-rockers' fourth album that screams 'Enya for cool people.' Neither as oppressively broody or as dynamic as their lauded Agaetis Byrjun disc nor as weirdly experimental as last year's offbeat Ba Ba/Ti Ki/Di Do EP, Takk is positively brimming with exuberant good vibes. Nearly every track opens with quiet clicks and chimes, builds with thin, vibrating layers of strings, pianos and ethereal vocals, and swells to a triumphant climax that overflows with peace and love. I'm a fan of the delicate chimes and glockenspiels that sound like lazy music boxes, but Takk's more emotionally manipulative qualities resemble a slightly less heavy-handed Howard Shore score for Lord Of The Rings.