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Album review: Jonsi and Alex - 'Riceboy Sleeps'
What's the Hopelandish for 'tedious, self-indulgent hippy twaddle'?
to be too fast-paced. ‘Riceboy Sleeps’ is a tedious album of orchestral drones, produced by manipulating piano, strings and choir samples on solar-powered laptops (in – yes – a Hawaiian commune). The nine tracks average over seven minutes each, and important things are absent: beats, narrative, any semblance of a point. Its most tolerable pieces sound like waves lapping at a beach; others evoke accidental calls from unlocked phones. Sigur Rós once set a gold standard in pomposity by writing songs in an invented language. In releasing this, Birgisson outdoes himself.
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