Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Jónsi @ Métropolis (5/2/2010)

I don't have too much to say about this show (nor do I have the time right now to do an extended write-up), but I concur with Galen's assessment that this was the best show that he has seen in a while.  Musically, it may not quite match up with the Mew show in December, but the visual spectacle made it at least as good an overall experience.  The stage set-up was just about the most creative and awesome that I've ever seen (you can kind of make it out in the videos below), especially in a smaller venue.  I enjoyed all of the songs that I recognized from the album, but the new (to me) ones didn't quite resonate as well, as they were mostly softer acoustic pieces.  As beautiful as Jón Þór's voice is, I prefer it when there's more music in the background.

My favorite moment of the show was 3/4 of the way through "Go Do" when they slowed it down and lit up the audience, and everyone went nuts.  I encourage checking it out in the video below, but it does not come anywhere close to doing it justice.  I get goose bumps when I watch the video, listen to the song, or even just think about it.  Other highlights included "Sinking Friendships" (which trumped the album version) and "Around Us" (which had an awesome piano lead-in that segued unexpectedly from the song before).  On the other hand, "Boy Lilikoi" was a bit underwhelming, but still quite good.


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