Sound — 10
This album is close at the top of my personal favorites. They carry a very emotional tone which will cause you to love it or hate it. I would think if your taste in music was good, and you were familiar with the band you will love it. This is the bands 4th CD and they took a step in a very experimental direction. A lot of the album is ambient with repetitive riffs and beats, but they are sonances that you wont soon forget after removing your headphones. Jonsi's falsetto singing style acts more as a powerful instrument droning over the music itself than for the sole purpose of getting a message across, which it beautifully does. The use of the bow on the guitar brings an interesting sound which creates the great ambience that this album delivers.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics can only be described in two words; mysteriously beautiful. The singer, Jonsi, is using a language called Volenska (hopelandic) which is basically nonsense words and syllables combined to shadow the Icelandic language. The lyrics are basically jibberish which leaves it completely up to your imagination what he is really trying to say. His falsetto voice gracefully joins into the song with the other instruments. Don't sit there searching up lyrics or translations because you wont find any concrete answers, only what other people think he is trying to say. Listen to the album in it's entirety and then go back and make your own mind up.
Overall Impression — 10
I personally think this is their best peice of work thus far. The songs which grip me the most are untitled 3 and 4. The transition between songs is brilliant and they work well off each other. You may love it or hate it, but I will tell you this is one album that will grip your emotions no matter what genre of music you love, and turn them upside down.