Of course, that turned out to be impossible, as singer Jon Thor Birgisson’s made-up language "Hopelandic" and the group’s film-score feel is the opposite of music for the masses. Despite the band’s reputation for reducing fans to tears at its concerts, Sigur Rós ("Victory Rose") has about as much chance of mainstream success as chamber music.
But this is far from a bad thing: Sigur Rós’ new release Takk ..., this time sung in true Icelandic, makes no effort to challenge chart favorites like Green Day, Rolling Stones or even Coldplay (although its sixth track, "Saeglopur," borrows a chord progression from the British band’s song "Politik"). Instead, it’s more of the same – childlike falsetto voices that inspire images of playful waifs hiding behind trees; druggy, fragile melodies; and lovely piano, string, trumpet and xylophone arrangements overtop fuzzed-out garage-rock guitar, bass and drums.
And while Takk ... isn’t as engaging or as cohesive as Agaetis Byrjun, it will more than satisfy Sigur Rós fans ready for another fix.