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Double live album Inni by sigur rós was released 11.07.12 and is still on repeat at Talk Rock To Me.

Sigur Rós fans who were crestfallen after the band’s 2010 hiatus announcement need not fret any longer; Inni is a release made just for them. The double live album that comes packaged with 2008 concert footage from London’s Alexandra Palace, is both a thank you to the band’s loyal followers and a fierce reminder of how truly captivating the Icelandic rockers can be.

Anyone who has experienced Sigur Rós in person knows that it is an ambitious task to attempt to describe the band’s magnificent live show. Frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s bowed guitar and powerful falsetto are the cornerstones of a sound that is both meditative and awe-inspiring. Sigur Rós creates songs for people to get lost in; and the ones lucky enough to come face-to-face with the band’s ethereal brilliance will indeed be spellbound.

Live tracks from each of the band’s five albums are showcased on Inni, with the largest focus being on 2005’s Takk and 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. The album opens on a grand note; eager applause from the audience gives way to the beautiful Svefn-g-englar from 2000’s Ágætis byrjun. Jónsi’s bow is out in full form here, its colossal surge engulfing the listener.

Inniis rich with classic Sigur Rós moments—gentle reflective ambience exploding into enormous sound. Glósóli is a perfect example of this; it’s joyous swell that begins near the four minute mark elevates the song to incredible heights before finally fading away, leaving only a toy piano and a glockenspiel. A real standout on the album and one of the best displays of what the band can do live is Popplagið (aka Untitled #8). The second to last track provides almost 15 minutes of mind-blowing sound. What begins with a tender voice intertwined with gently plucked and bowed guitar, bursts into explosive drums, monstrous pulses and waves of haunting vocals, building to almost unbelievable altitudes.

Jónsi’s voice is incredibly powerful on Inni, living up to any and all standards set by previous studio recordings. He pushes his lungs to especially impressive levels on Festival when mid-song he holds a falsetto note for longer than seems humanly possible.

Inni’s closer Lúppulagið is the only brand new song on the album. It is an alluring piano driven track, and it is easy to imagine this song playing with a backdrop of silent film footage; black and white images floating across a projector screen.

Inni does its absolute best to try and capture Sigur Rós’ majestic live show. The result is a gorgeous and sonically exquisite live album. But despite its glory, it still fails to truly recreate the live experience. Not a surprise because to do so is an impossible feat. As many already know, the intensity and radiance of a sigur rós live show (or any live show, for that matter) is something that simply cannot be conveyed on an album. But Sigur Rós does accomplish a few significant things with Inni—arguably, what they were striving for: To create a stunning album that all can enjoy, while reminding fans that they have not been forgotten, thanking them for waiting patiently and giving them a small taste of what is to come. The band’s 2012 tour and new release will be much anticipated.

— By Amanda Gallagher, freelance writer and wearer of many (tiny) hats.

 

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