ALBUM REVIEW: Jónsi – Shiver | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 02.10.20

 

 

 

 

 

With Sigur Rós lying dormant after a torrid couple of years, it’d be easy to read Jónsi Birgisson’s second solo album as a muddled break from his band’s troubles. Created in collaboration with producer AG Cook, Shiver’s dichotomy between abrasive beats, digital manipulation and classic Jónsi serenity can indeed make for a disparate, disorientating listen – yet amongst the confusion there’s no shortage of moments to savour.

Coincidentally or otherwise, its experiments work best when infused with guest contributions. Cannibal, for instance, is elevated by a majestic, fluttering vocal from former Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Frazer, while Salt Licorice’s dive into full-fledged pop is reflected in an eye and ear-catching feature from Scandi star Robyn. It mightn’t always hit the mark, but not even its fiercest detractor could accuse Shiver of being dull.

 

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