Sigur Ros have always been an interesting band right from when they first appeared about 8 years ago, with their own unique sound they have slowly built a following which now sees them as Iceland’s second biggest musical export after Bjork. Now they triumphantly return with their fifth full length album which translated means ‘With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play endlessly’ and play they do with producer Flood (U2, Depeche Mode and Smashing Pumpkins) at the helm. Not only do they craft 11 of the best songs of their career to date they do so in a way that sees them develop into the band they have always threatened to be. Working with a full orchestra the sound is instantly warmer and the rich variety of instruments already expands the possibilities and the band uses that to their full advantage. Each composition, constructed as they are, could stand alone but together they form what I can only describe as epic and immense in every sense of the word. Jón Birgisson’s voice has a strange strength to it while at the same time conveying a certain fragility that floats effortlessly over the beautiful music. Songs like ‘Festival’ reaches a crescendo that cant fail to lift your spirits and the sheer exuberant joy that oozes out of each song reminds me a little of the Polyphonic Spree. Opening themselves up to an outside producer for the first time has obviously helped and Flood has drawn the best from the band and not since the Pixies has anyone done the quite, loud, quite with such aplomb. Big, bold and beautiful this record has everything and while pleasing existing fans and gaining new ones this should also cement Sigur Ros as one of the best bands on the planet.