Published February 28, 2013
Despite (or perhaps because of) his sometimes aching sentimentality,
Svavar Knútur is one of the more able English language lyricists in
Iceland. He is no slouch in Icelandic either, and here he combine the
two. He sort of says it plain on opener “Baby, Would You Marry Me,” followed by, of all things, a Bloodhound Gang quote on “While The World Burns.” The romanticism continues in Icelandic on “Emma,” leading on to one of the album’s highlights, the title cut ‘Ölduslóð.’ The outside world is cold and distant, Svavar’s voice is warm and inviting, the sparse instrumentation fragile but proficient, and in the end, love is all that matters and shelter can be found in each other’s arms.
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