Ágætis Byrjun (studio album) by Sigur Rós

Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós
Year: 1999
Overall rank: 69th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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86/100 (from 1,653 votes)
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Award Best album of 1999 (1st)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1990s (13th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (69th)

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 87 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 86.0/100, a mean average of 84.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 86.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.5.

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From 11/25/2022 00:08
This album is ambient and has an ethereal quality to it. Really mind blowing music here. Very atmospheric album that just transcends reality. I don't want to over hype it for people who haven't heard it because what they would expect is different from the delivery but to say the least is I would be shocked if anybody didn't like this album
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From 09/28/2022 00:06
An absolutely beautiful listen from start to finish. This album is one of those unique records that feels like it belongs in a genre/category of its own as it is that unique and special. The musical quality being displayed is just astounding with the diverse instrumentation giving stunning performances all around. There are so many to choose from but one of the performances that always sticks with me and moves me is the piano on the title track. It perfectly encapsulates this album for me with its tender and soft playing that allows for introspection as you slowly glide along with the music. It just sounds like perfection. You can get completely lost in this record so easily as well and the run time just flies by as you are so engrossed in the sound that you're suddenly at the end and you don't want it to stop. The layering on this project is simply phenomenal also with there being so much to look into and there always being something new to discover with every listen. It feels so complex and grand when you listen to it that you feel like you are transcending music at times especially on tracks 2 and 3 which is the peak of the record in my opinion. The whole album just feels like a complete package with it all matching in tone, atmosphere and style but being unique from song to song so the environment you are put into never gets disinteresting or stale. Finally, there is the voice which on first listen can be quite a challenge but after two or three listens you completely fall in love and it becomes one of the most rewarding aspects of the music. Overall, this is a masterpiece of a record that is packed full of stunning and beautiful songs and is a must listen for anyone and everyone.
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From 08/31/2022 03:37
Solid album
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From 05/11/2022 10:09
Album Rating: 84.89

1.Intro [Hidden Track]. (N/A - 55 - N/A)
2.Svefn-G-Englar. 90
3.Starálfur. 87
4.Flugufrelsarinn. 91
5.Ný Batterí. 86
6.Hjartað Hamast (Bamm Bamm Bamm). 93
7. Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása. 84
8.Olsen Olsen. 85
9.Ágætis Byrjun. 76
10.Avalon. 72
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From 01/28/2022 14:01
This album is menacing and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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From 01/03/2022 10:50
First heard this in 2018 and it was absolutely beautiful and transcending - I think it added to the other-worldliness that it was in Iceland (and some of his own made up gobble-di-gook)
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From 12/01/2021 03:42
It’s beautiful and well constructed. Wish I knew what the heck they were singing about.
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From 11/03/2021 01:28
What on Earth is this? It's amazing and confusing, and feels like I need to spend a day in a bathtub listening to it on repeat to get the entire experience.
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From 10/21/2021 22:31
This masterwork transcends all musical boundaries. It is the essence of life itself. They put everything they had and are into this project. I would recommend this album to everyone on Earth. Listen with a friend!
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From 09/18/2021 10:14
Suena bien. Es un disco que me relaja bastante
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