Kveikur by Sigur Ros
I have trouble admitting I like Icelandic post-rock outfit Sigur Ros.
Yes, I admire the band's knack for crafty vivid, dreamy melodies.
But so do smug hipsters and Internet music reviewers, who are probably searching for the appropriate hyperbole to expound the greatness of Kveikur, the band's seventh album to date.
Although singing in a made-up language does smack of pretentiousness, Kveikur is also a perfectly executed dream pop album peppered with falsetto vocals, torch song pianos and muted guitars.
Sure, the band sometimes overdoes it with the theatrical touches. But Kveikur is a triumph for its eccentric blend of angst and euphoria, making it one of the best albums of the year so far.