Published February 9, 2007
Jónas Sigurðsson has been making music for a long time. He was a drummer in Trassarnir and the singer in Sólstrandargæjarnir. Ask any Icelander no older than 40 to sing “Rangur maður” by the Sólstrandargæjar and you will be treated to a fine example of music that everyone knows and likes but pretends to dislike. This debut album is not at all like that. It is very personal and its Icelandic lyrics are better than average. The music is also much better than average. It’s easy-listening pop with meaning. Jónas writes good songs but the arrangements make this album excellent. It’s innovative and quirky and really needs to be heard to be understood. Jónas is obviously a talented musician. A very fine album.