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Makes you feel alive
Go - Jonsi
Member Name: helenc72
Go - Jonsi
Advantages: Beautiful music, good lyrics, love the atmosphere, makes me feel alive
Disadvantages: Nothing at all
Jonsi is best known for his role in the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. He is also known for his work as Jonsi & Alex, with his partner Alex Somers.
Go is Jonsi's first album released as just Jonsi, solo. It includes vocals from Jonsi, falsetto, mainly in English this time rather than Icelandic, soaring strings and instrumentals with range from barely there to orchestral crescendos, some playful dreamlike noises and a lush sound which completely relaxes me. It includes 9 songs.
=== Tracks ===
Go Do: This is quite a playful and fun song to introduce the album, telling us "go do, you'll learn to just let yourself, fall into landslide".
Animal Arithmetic : This is a lovely song with some rousing percussion and is quite upbeat. It is also very playful with some completely zany lyrics and is a celebration of being alive. There are some beautiful images like "You and I run away, blushing cheeks, howling wolves, colourful fireworks, every time, everyone, everything's full of life".
Tornado: This is a stand out song on the album for me. It is haunting with soaring vocals and a sad, beautiful tune. It starts quite simply and the instrumental really builds up, becoming fuller and much more dramatic, making me think of a crashing wave. Just a lovely, gorgeous song.
Boy Lilikoi: This is one of the best known songs on the album and is very catchy and distinctive. After Tornado, it seems very upbeat, optimistic. It has the message of life being transient and you better make the most of it while you can "we all grow old, use your life, the world goes and flutter by
Use your life, you'll know you are", and has a sweet simple melody building up to a chant of "you are... alive" with lovely lush swelling instrumental in the background.
Sinking Friendships: Starts with falsetto vocals with a very sparse background. The lyrics are quite hard to hear clearly so I have had to look them up! This is another one with a sad atmosphere, tinged with a sense of regret saying "no one knows you, till it's over". Like a lot of the other songs, it builds up to more of a crescendo but Sinking Friendships is not as intense. I like it a lot but it is not a stand out track for me.
Kolnišur: The name apparently means Coal Murmur. This is a song which is in Jonsi's native Icelandic language. It has a sad atmosphere, with some gorgeous distorted instrumentals and soaring falsetto again which is light and dreamlike. This one really sounds quite Sigur Ros in style in my opinion.
Around Us: This song features the lyrics "grow till tall" so it is not to be confused with the actual song Grow Till Tall. Around Us is a beautiful, dreamy, nostalgic song about home, growing up, perfect moments and living life. The music reflects those ideas for me.
Grow Till Tall: I see this slightly as a continuation of Around Us. The lyrics are very simple and repetitive. The instrumentals grow more intense as the song goes on, which I suppose echoes the lyrics of "grow till tall" but the build up here does not reach such dramatic heights as in some of the other songs.
Hengilįs: This is another of my favourites. It is another song in Icelandic and the name means "Padlock". It is has a clear, light melody with a bitter sweet atmosphere. It is one of the more subtle songs and just gorgeous. I don't even mind that I don't completely know what it means.
When this is over I often want to go back to track 1 and start again.
=== Overall ===
The general message and feeling I get from this album is that life is amazing and we need to enjoy the intensity, moments, colours and beauty of it. This sounds cheesy but it isn't a cheesy album at all - far from it! The emotion comes across as simple and honest. I think a lot of people will feel an emotional connection with it.
It is difficult to put this album in words but I really love it. I recommend it to anyone, regardless of the type of music you normally listen to.
Summary: The word that comes to mind is "lovely" - a beauty of an album