Von (album)

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Von
Studio album by Sigur Rós
Released June 1997
Recorded 1995-1997
Genre Post-rock, ambient, shoegazing, dark ambient
Length 72:15
Label One Little Indian/Smekkleysa SM67
Sigur Rós chronology
Von
(1997)
Ágætis byrjun
(1999)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10) [3]
Uncut 3/5 stars [4]
musicOMH 4/5 stars [5]
Rock Sound 6/10 stars [6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars [7]

Von (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈvɔːn], Hope) is the debut album of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.

The production of the album took a long time, and the end result sounded significantly different from the original recordings. The band considered scrapping the final result and starting all over again, but decided not to because it would have made the process too long. In exchange for recording time, Sigur Rós painted the studio they recorded in.[8]

Von was originally released in Iceland to moderate critical acclaim, but went relatively unnoticed abroad. In the first year following the release, Von sold only 313 copies in Iceland. Following the band's popular international releases, Ágætis byrjun and ( ), it was re-released in the United Kingdom in September 2004, and in the United States a month later. In December 2005, Von and Ágætis byrjun were declared platinum albums in Iceland, signifying domestic sales of over 5,000.

The sixth track consists of 18 seconds of silence, and gave name to Sigur Rós's official website, eighteen seconds before sunrise. The last track starts with six minutes and fifteen seconds of silence, then consists of a portion of "Myrkur" played backwards, hence the name of "Rukrym."

The cover depicts Jónsi's sister Inga Birgisdóttir as a baby.[9]

The tracks "Hafssól" and "Von" were later re-recorded with very different arrangements, the former released as a B-side to the Hoppípolla single and both appearing on 2007's Hvarf/Heim

Track listing[edit]

No. Title English translation[*] Length
1. "Sigur Rós"   Victory Rose 9:47
2. "Dögun"   Dawn 5:50
3. "Hún Jörð …"   Mother Earth 7:18
4. "Leit að lífi"   Search for Life 2:34
5. "Myrkur"   Darkness 6:14
6. "18 sekúndur fyrir sólarupprás"   18 Seconds before Sunrise 0:18
7. "Hafssól"   The Sea's Sun 12:24
8. "Veröld ný óg óð"   A World, New and Crazed 3:29
9. "Von"   Hope 5:12
10. "Mistur"   Mist 2:16
11. "Syndir Guðs (Opinberun frelsarans)"   Sins of God (Revelation of the Savior) 7:38
12. "Rukrym"   Ssenkrad (Darkness backwards) 8:59
  • * English translations not official.[10]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/von
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r477409
  3. ^ Sam Ubl (30 November 2004). "Sigur Rós: Von". pitchforkmedia.com. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  4. ^ (July 2009)
  5. ^ http://www.musicomh.com/albums/sigur-ros-5_0509.htm
  6. ^ Gardner, Noel F. (June 2009). "Sigur Ros – Von." Rock Sound (123): 84.
  7. ^ Alexander Tudor (22 April 2009). "Sigur Rós - Von". drownedinsound.com. Drowned in Sound. 
  8. ^ "sigur rós - trivia". sigur-ros.co.uk. 
  9. ^ Information about Valtari cover and Von
  10. ^ "sigur rós - lyrics". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 

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