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Sigur Ros - Takk


Format: CD
Catalog: 534502
Rel. Date: 09/13/2005
UPC: 602498845233

Artist: Sigur Ros
Format: CD
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''Takk...'' (Icelandic for ''Thanks...'') is the fourth full-length studio album by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós. The first singles, "Glósóli" and "Sæglópur", were released on August 15, 2005 and August 16, 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 #35 on 4 December. Upon its re-release in May 2006 it reached #24 in the UK chart.

The album debuted at 27 in the U.S., selling 30,000 copies in its first week of release. On 7 April 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.

1000 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, featured three new songs, which are said to be somewhere in between ''Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do'', untitled #9 from the ''Vaka'' EP, and the end of "Glósóli". The EP also includes a DVD with all three music videos.

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.

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" 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.

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.

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...''. - Wikipedia

For album number four, these glacially glum Icelandic ambient-noise rockers wrote actual lyrics in a real-life, non-made up language. Still, expect frontman JThor Birgisson, who's formerly sung only in his own invented tongue, "Hopelandic," to emote in so eerie a tone that the words sound otherworldly anyhow.


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