Press & reviews

ELBOW SHINES!
Go for the singing, go for the spectacle, go to get your mind blown!

NJ.com

SPINE-TINGLING
Excellent alt-rock score! UNFORGETTABLE!

Theatermania

RELENTLESSLY IMAGINATIVE
Quirky, great-looking satire.

The New York Times

ORIGINAL
Gasp-inducingly whimsical!
THE CAST IS TERRIFIC.

Time Out

This show is thick with Tony-level talent!

New York Theater

Sinister, politically spot-on new rock musical with roots in David Bowie and George Orwell. Well worth the price of admission!

New York Music Daily

A Completely Surreal Icelandic Musical Has One of the Best Soundtracks of the Year

Jem Aswad, The Village Voice

Star-studded new show. Led by Hollywood-bound hunk Marrick Smith as a charismatic antihero.

Brandon Voss, The Advocate

But the new album from composer Ívar Páll Jónsson marvelously reintroduces just how magical telling a story through an entire album can be…

In A Word: Enchanting.

Priscilla Cordero, The Aquarian Weekly

With a cosmic soundscape that sounds like the progeny of Ziggy Stardust, Interpol and Muse, the soundtrack is a serious contender for the champion title of my own Best OST of ’14.

Ian Holubiak, Classicalite

Ívar Páll Jónsson is the composer of the best musical soundtrack of the year. That is not an easy judgment for me to make, but after listening to the 18 songs on the soundtrack album Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter by Ívar Páll Jónsson, I think we have a winner.

Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Friday Live

This is an amazing accomplishment and it’s some of the best music our world has ever heard. The inspiration behind the music is genius and the collected community effort to realize it will provide a testament to the best of our age for all time to come.

Eric Petersen, RUST Magazine

Concept albums are difficult to tame, tending toward the ponderous, weighed with metaphor and steeped in pontification. Somehow, Icelandic composer Ívar Páll Jónsson has succeeded – nay, exceeded – with Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter.

F. Daniel Kent, Queer the Air

As for the music itself, suffice it to say it’s a tangle of progressive melodies that once might have found a fine fit with Bowie in his Ziggy days or Queen in their era of flash and glam. More recent precedents might include Radiohead or Sufjan Stevens. However, comparisons don’t do the album justice, because in truth, this Revolution… is so unique and imaginative, it really stands alone.

Lee Zimmerman, Blurt Magazine

The deep production and alternation between elegiac grace, alternative pop current, and Bacharach hints makes this 18-song suite soar—where most concept albums just plod, overstuffed and overwrought with bombast in the quest for great gestures. Revolution is just grand. New Yorkers can see a theater production of this in Greenwich Village this August, too. Consider me RSVPed.

Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

I would describe it as a David Bowie-Radiohead fusion, which we all know means it’s fantastic… This album is definitely worth listening if you’re into the whole “being a musical genius” thing. The story it tells is worth listening to and the talent displayed throughout it should make us American musicians cringe. Ivar Pall Jonsson composed a musical gem with this album and I hope it receives the recognition it deserves.

Allie Kachapuridze, Creative Spotlights

The collection takes an anthemic rock approach, spearheaded by the lead track off the collection called “The Legacy of Elbowville”. The song is a collection of everything that makes Iceland great, from their subtle and low-key harmonic arrangements to their extremely laid-back and carefree approach, its the expression of everything that is unique and awesome about Iceland.

Peter Amara, MusicBoxPete.com

Home to some of the world’s greatest musical luminaries, including Bjork, Sigur Ros, and Of Monsters and Men, Iceland’s explosive cultural scene has produced a new champion – composer Ívar Páll Jónsson.

Alexandra Juryte, REVOLUTION 360

A political struggle, entangled in a love triangle with some kick-ass music, is one way to describe the new Icelandic-born musical show entitled, Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter.

Matt Eliason, Iceland Magazine

How does the thought of an indie-rock opera sound? Quite off-putting I’d imagine, but you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by ‘Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter’, a concept album and upcoming theatre performance conceived by Icelandic composer Ívar Páll Jónsson.

KevW, The Sound Of Confusion

All We Need Is Confidence is the standout, with smooth piano parts, clouds of strings and angelic backing vocals. It’s soaring bittersweetness is reminiscent of The Flaming Lips masterpiece Do You Realize??

Icytopics

The album’s first single, “Alone” is a great introduction into the complexity of Jonsson’s songwriting, filled with tempo changes and drifting between rock and operatic pop.

James Pasinski, JP's Music Blog