Go (Jónsi album)

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Go
Studio album by Jónsi
Released 31 March 2010 (2010-03-31)
(in Japan)
Recorded Summer 2009 at Jónsi's house in Reykjavík, and at Tarquin Studios, in Connecticut.
Genre Post-rock, baroque pop
Length 40:17
Label XL Recordings, Parlophone
Producer Jónsi, Alex Somers, Peter Katis
Jónsi chronology
Riceboy Sleeps
(2009)
Go
(2010)
Singles from Go
  1. "Go Do"
    Released: 21 March 2010
  2. "Animal Arithmetic"
    Released: 24 May 2010[1]

Go is the second studio album by Icelandic musician Jónsi, frontman of the band Sigur Rós. The album was released on 5 April 2010, through XL Recordings,[2] as reported by a downloadable track from the official site.[3] The fourth track of the album, "Boy Lilikoi", was released for free from Jónsi's website, available to those subscribing to the website's mailing list.

According to a late 26 May 2009 post on Sigur Rós official site, the album features predominantly acoustic music and string arrangements from composer Nico Muhly. The album was co-produced by Alex Somers, Peter Katis and Jónsi himself, during summer 2009, in Reykjavík and Connecticut.[4] A worldwide tour across North America and Europe also took place upon the album's release from April–May 2010, featuring Jónsi performing songs from the album and a "unique, cinematic" performance stage designed by 59 Productions.

"Kolniður" was featured at the end of the Criminal Minds sixth season episode "Lauren" and in a trailer for Real Steel. "Around Us" was included on the FIFA 11 soundtrack[5] and the trailer for the Disney dub of The Secret World of Arrietty.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]
The A.V. Club (A-)[8]
BBC (average)[9]
Clash (9/10)[10]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[11]
musicOMH 4.5/5 stars[12]
onethirtybpm (87%)[13]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[14]
PopMatters 4/5 stars[15]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[17]
Spin 4/5 stars[18]

Go has received mostly positive reviews from critics, scoring a 76/100 on the music review aggregator website Metacritic.[6] Most reviews praise Muhly's precise arrangements and Jónsi's flighty vocals, while a few lukewarm reviews discuss the album's lack of cohesion. The album has reached number twenty on the UK Albums Chart,[19] number twenty-three on the Billboard 200 in the United States,[20] number six on the Belgian (Flanders) Ultratop chart,[21] number thirty-one on the Swiss Albums Top 100,[21] number seventy-four on the Italian Music Chart[22] and number eighty-four on the Dutch Mega Album Top 100.[21]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Go Do" – 4:41
  2. "Animal Arithmetic" – 3:24
  3. "Tornado" – 4:15
  4. "Boy Lilikoi" – 4:30
  5. "Sinking Friendships" – 4:42
  6. "Kolniður" – 3:56
  7. "Around Us" – 5:18
  8. "Grow till Tall" – 5:21
  9. "Hengilás" – 4:15

Japanese bonus track[23]

  1. "Sinking Friendships (Acoustic)" – 4:00
  2. "Tornado (Acoustic)" – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Hideaki Aomori – clarinet
  • Edward Burns – bassoon
  • Christa Robinson – oboe, horn
  • Alexandra Sopp – flutes
  • William Lang – bass trombone
  • David Nelson – trombone
  • David Byrd-Marrow, Kate Sheeran – French horn
  • Caleb Burhans, Courtney Orlando – violin
  • Nadia Sirota, John Pickford Richards – viola
  • Clarice Jenson, Brian Snow – cello
  • Logan Coale – double bass

Technical[edit]

  • Jón Þór Birgisson – writer, producer
  • Alex Sommers – producer
  • Peter Katis – producer, engineer
  • Greg Giorgio – assistant engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jónsi's new single, Animal Arithmetic released May 24". EMI Music. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Listen: Symphonic Solo Song From Sigur Rós Frontman Jónsi". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jónsi". jonsi.com. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sigur Ros Singer Jonsi Announces Debut Solo Album Details". gigwise.com. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "FIFA 11 soundtrack". fifplay.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Metacritic – Go reviews". 
  7. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Review: Go". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Heller, Jason (6 April 2010). "Go". A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  9. ^ "BBC review". 
  10. ^ "Clash review". 
  11. ^ "Drowned in Sound review". 
  12. ^ "musicOMH review". 
  13. ^ "onethirtybpm review". 
  14. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". 
  15. ^ Schumer, Ben (8 April 2010). "Jónsi: Go". PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  16. ^ "The Skinny review". 
  17. ^ "Slant Magazine review". 
  18. ^ "Spin review". 
  19. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100 – 17th April 2010". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  20. ^ "Go – Jónsi". Billboard. Nielson Business Media. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  21. ^ a b c "Jónsi – Go (Album)". Swisscharts.com. HungMedien. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  22. ^ "FIMI – Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana – Classifiche". 
  23. ^ "ヨンシー (Jónsi) GO". emimusic.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 August 2011.