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( ) (2002)

Sigur Rós
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Post-rock, Dream pop, Experimental rock, Art rock, Ambient music

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( ) is the third full-length album from Icelandic band Sigur Rós, first released in October 2002. It comprises eight untitled tracks, divided into two parts: the first four tracks are lighter and more optimistic, while the latter four are bleaker and more melancholic. The two halves are divided by a 36-second silence, and the album opens and closes with a click of distortion. Lead singer Jón Þór Birgisson ("Jónsi") sang the album's lyrics entirely in "Hopelandic", a made-up language consisting of gibberish words. ( ) reached #51 on the Billboard 200 and was positively received by critics, although some reviewers found the album weaker than the band's previous album Ágætis byrjun.
The album's title consists of two opposing parentheses, representing either the album's two halves, or the idea that the album has no title, leaving the listener free to determine it. Members of the band have referred to ( ) as Svigaplatan, which translates to "The Bracket Album". In the credits of the film Heima, it is referred to as The Untitled Album. The outside packaging of ( ) consists of a plastic protective sleeve with two parentheses cut out, revealing the image printed on the CD case underneath.

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Tracks

7:33 [Fyrsta]
6:33 [Samskeyti]
7:32 [Njósnavélin]
9:57 [Álafoss]
8:48 [E-Bow]
12:59 [Dauðalagið]
11:44 [Popplagið]
6:39 [Vaka]
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