Takk...

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Takk...
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Studio album by Sigur Rós
Released 12 September 2005
Recorded 2004–05, Sundlaugin
Genre Post-rock
Length 65:32
Label Geffen, EMI
Producer Sigur Rós, Ken Thomas
Sigur Rós chronology
( )
(2002)
Takk...
(2005)
Hvarf/Heim
(2007)
Singles from Takk...
  1. "Glósóli"
    Released: 15 August 2005
  2. "Sæglópur"
    Released: 16 August 2005
  3. "Hoppípolla"
    Released: 28 November 2005

Takk... ([ˈtʰaʰkː]) is the fourth studio album by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, released in September 2005 on EMI. The album debuted at number 27 on the US Billboard 200, selling 30,000 copies in its first week. In 2006, Takk... was certified gold by the BPI, marking 100,000 copies sold in the UK. In total, it has sold over 800,000 copies worldwide. "Takk" means "thanks" in Icelandic.[1]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Unlike its predecessor ( ), the album's lyrics are mostly in Icelandic, with occasional elements of Vonlenska ("Hopelandic"), a scat-like form of gibberish. The songs "Andvari", "Gong" and "Mílanó" are sung entirely in Vonlenska. Moreover, the song "Mílanó" was written together with the string quartet Amiina.[2][3]

Rhythmically, Takk... makes extensive use of changing time signatures. In the track "Andvari" for example, the main melody repeats itself every 27 beats, with stress on beats 1, 5, 9, 11, 16, 20 and 25. This could be rendered as seven bars of 4, 4, 2, 5, 4, 5 and 3 beats respectively. Against this there is a steady counter-rhythm of triple time, which could be rendered as eighteen bars of 3/8 time per 27-beat cycle, also known as a phrase.

Release and promotion[edit]

The first singles, "Glósóli" and "Sæglópur", were released on 15 and 16 August 2005 respectively, the former worldwide and the latter only in the United States. The single "Hoppípolla" was released in the UK on 28 November 2005 and entered the singles chart at No. 35 on 4 December. In May 2006 it reached No. 24 in the UK chart.

1,000 copies of Takk... on vinyl were manufactured and arrived in UK and US stores as of January 2006. It is composed of a gatefold sleeve housing two 12 inch records, with a single die cut page that houses a 10-inch record with a design etched on one side.

Sigur Rós also released music videos for "Glósóli", "Hoppípolla" and "Sæglópur".

An extended Sæglópur EP was released, featuring three new songs. The EP also included a DVD with all three music videos.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A–[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[9]
NME 8/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 7.8/10[11]
Q 4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
Spin A[14]

Sigur Rós received three awards at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2006: Best Album Design (along with Ísak Winther, Alex Somers and Lukka Sigurðardóttir), Best Alternative Act and Best Rock Album for Takk....[15]

Media usage[edit]

The BBC has frequently used tracks from Takk... in its programmes. "Hoppípolla" was employed as the backing music to trailers for the highly acclaimed nature series Planet Earth and for the end credit of Match of the Day broadcasting the FA Cup Final. "Sæglópur" has been used as a backing tune for the BBC's advertising campaign for the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, while snips of "Sæglópur", "Milanó", "Gong", and "Svo hljótt" appeared in Top Gear. "Sæglópur" was also notably used in Ubisoft's Prince of Persia E3 2008 gameplay debut trailer as well as their televised commercials for the game. The FIA also used "Hoppipolla" at the end of their review for the Formula One Season, aired during the 2009 FIA Gala.

In 2009, British electronic music artist Chicane produced a progressive trance remix of "Hoppípolla", titled "Poppiholla" which has been on rotation on BBC Radio 1's B list in June 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title English translation[16] Length
1. "Takk..."   "Thanks..." 1:57
2. "Glósóli"   "Glowing sole" 6:15
3. "Hoppípolla"   "Hopping into puddles" 4:28
4. "Með blóðnasir"   "With a nosebleed" 2:17
5. "Sé lest"   "I see a train" 8:40
6. "Sæglópur"   "Lost at sea" 7:38
7. "Mílanó"   "Milan" 10:25
8. "Gong"   "Gong" 5:33
9. "Andvari"   "Zephyr" 6:40
10. "Svo hljótt"   "So quietly" 7:24
11. "Heysátan"   "The haystack" 4:09
Total length:
65:32

On vinyl, "Milanó" is featured on the single-sided 10" included with the set and is labelled as the final side, effectively moving "Milanó" to the end of the album, after "Heysátan" (indicated by the label which has the album's last tracks on side 2B but features "Milanó" on side 3A. Also on the inside of the sleeve. The tracklisting has "Milanó" on its original place).

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise – sigur rós news " 2005 " July " 10". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  2. ^ "sigur rós – discography " takk... tracklist and credits". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  3. ^ "sigur rós – discography " takk... documentary". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Takk... by Sigur Rós". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Takk... – Sigur Rós". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Harrison, Andrew (October 2005). "Sigur Rós: Takk". Blender (41): 143. Archived from the original on 30 November 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (12 September 2005). "Takk". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Clarke, Betty (9 September 2005). "Sigur Ros, Takk...". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Cromelin, Richard (4 September 2005). "Directions, lost and found". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Jam, James (12 September 2005). "Sigur Ros : Takk". NME. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (11 September 2005). "Sigur Rós: Takk". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Sigur Rós: Takk...". Q (233): 116. October 2005. 
  13. ^ Walters, Barry (22 September 2005). "Sigur Ros: Takk...". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Hermes, Will (October 2005). "Sigur Rós: Takk...". Spin 21 (10): 140–42. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise – sigur rós news " 2006" January" 25". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  16. ^ "sigur rós – lyrics". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "discography >>takk...". sigur ros. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 

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