Jónsi - Go
Jónsi - Go

Jónsi - Go

4/5 stars
Album review by Wilbur Kane.
Published 23 March 2010

It's difficult to distinguish Jónsi's debut solo album from anything he could possibly have produced in conjunction with his Sigur Rós bandmates, such is the ever-so-subtly changing dynamic of their output over the years, and the fact that Jónsi's affecting, ghost-child vocal delivery is inextricably associated with that work. His decision to sing in English doesn't clarify matters; Boy Lilikoi (the track being used to promote the album in advance of release) sees him eccentrically wish he were a passion-fruit person, making as much sense as if he were crooning in his made-up vowel-heavy 'language' Hopelandic. That track, however, is an ethereal delight; an ornately orchestral ode to a happier dimension. Classical composer Nico Muhly's imaginative arrangements throughout ensure that the vast array of instruments on display – heavy percussion on Go Do, Animal Arithmetic and foot stomping Around Us; plaintive strings on the downcast Hengilas – complement, rather than compete on this heady work. [Wilbur Kane]

 

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