Sigur R贸s: Inn铆

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For a band whose concerts can be as expansive as its albums, it鈥檚 hard to believe Sigur R贸s hasn鈥檛 released a live album until now. Certain aspects of the band鈥檚 music have always flourished in a live setting, and it鈥檚 captured, for the most part, on Inn, which was recorded at the end of the group鈥檚 2008 tour.

The band was recorded here as a four-piece; no backing from stalwart string section Amiina for the first time in nearly 10 years. So while the arrangements may be a little less flushed or a few of the more cinematic songs have been eschewed, the set is bashed out in a raw, but no less immense, fashion.

While a number of tracks end up simply as lesser versions of their studio recordings (like 鈥淗opp铆polla,鈥 鈥淕l贸s贸li,鈥 and 鈥淓-Bow,鈥 to name a few), there鈥檚 still plenty to enjoy. 鈥淣y Batter铆鈥 has always had a darker and more intense rendering in concert; 鈥淗afs贸l鈥 is completely rearranged from its original version and builds to an exhilarating climax, and the closer-to-end-all-closers, 鈥淧opplagid,鈥 is as monstrously powerful as ever. There are also some sweet little embellishments; singer J贸nsi鈥檚 hushed, prolonged falsetto quiver during 鈥淔estival鈥 being a particularly priceless moment.

Like most live albums, this is surely enjoyable for its standouts, but it鈥檚 hard to go back to with such pristine album recordings already out there. Vincent Morrisset’s beautifully shot concert film that accompanies the album is the real gold here, and is the better way to immerse yourself in the band鈥檚 often transcendental live show without actually being there.

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About John Mordecai

John Mordecai is a musician and writer from New Haven, Conn. He was the bassist for Brooklyn-based ERAAS (formerly APSE), and also plays (sometimes) in New England-based Shark and Brooklyn's The Tyler Trudeau Attempt. He also maintains a blog (sometimes) at http://selfsensored.wordpress.com/
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