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Árstíðir


Published August 17, 2009

Árstíðir bring a bit of a free loving, hair-flowing feel with their début, living up to their reputation as modern-day Simon and Garfunkels. While the actual sound of the music fulfils my expectation of what that should sound like, all elegant acoustic melodies and tender ambience, their lyrics— particularly the English ones—let them down. Lacking in power and sincerity, Árstíðir sometimes give the feeling they are trying way too hard for S&G 2009, without really realising that they go most of the way there with their music. Moving away from comparisons, as a standalone piece of music the album is enjoyable purely for the songs—if you ignore the lyrics—and is a nice return to the sound of an era that’s been ignored by mainstream music as of late.

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