Published August 5, 2005
Many visitors and fans of Iceland enjoy the film Screaming Masterpiece, by Ari Alexander Magnússon. The film features the best and brightest of Iceland’s “Cute Generation”, and some of our staff were so repulsed by it that we ran a feature discussing how many things had to go wrong in the world before this film came out. To Mr. Magnússon’s credit, he documented a great number of extraordinary musicians, among them Björk, Mugison, Sigur Rós, Bang Gang and Apparat Organ Quartet. He also found the exact theme that unites them… or the flaw. While all of these musicians can be appreciated on their own, together, on one disk, they became intolerable. So much cutey cute, so much sugar, and you begin to hate the whole lot of them. If you are a fan of any of the bands on this disk, avoid at all costs.