Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun (1999)
Nifty Nordic logo by Sarca @ Caughtmegaming
It is my great pleasure to award the Nordic County of Iceland the distinguished title of Most 1001 Albums per Capita!
In 2005, my book’s publication year, with a population of about 300,000 people, Iceland contributed 5(!) albums to the 1001 list.
That works out to an average of 1 album per 60,000 people (conveniently ignoring that Björk was involved in 4 of the albums).
To put that (misleading but narrative-friendly) stat in perspective, in that same year, The United States had a population of approximately 300,000,000 people. Even if the U.S. somehow contributed about half the albums on the list, that would be an average of 1 album per 600,000 people, 10 times the ratio for Iceland.
Til hamingju Iceland, your well-earned certificate is below.
The only non-Björk affiliated Iceland entry belongs to Sigur Rós.
When I listened at home, it didn’t resonate. Setting aside 72 summer minutes for uninterrupted ambiance was trickier than expected.
However, in the background while getting prepped for the semester at school this morning, Ágætis byrjun worked considerably better.
Fittingly, the album name translates to “a good beginning.”
I’m beginning to see this is a good album, in the right listening context.
Today’s 200 words were part of the #200wordchallenge,
happening all this week over at mikeladano.com!