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Customer Reviews

Obscured transparency

What makes a release transparent to its listener so that they may be part of every note, every peak and flow that its composer intends us to go? At what point does a concept surpass a listener and become obscure and hidden? I found myself craving Bjork with this release and yet find that it is my oversight for not understanding her like I have in the past. I hope to one day catch up for I am sure there is so much here that I am missing.

Drawing Restraint 9

I can understand how Bjork's original fans (from the days of Post and Debut) are frustrated with her. I was never a fan of her back then, so if you were, I think that you'll hate this album a lot. I was always aware of Bjork earlier on, but I found her music a little too positive and carefree for my tastes. I became a fan of Bjork with "Medulla", also enjoying "Volta", which could be thought of as a futuristic version of "Medulla". I enjoy instrumentals that I can listen to while I sit at the computer late at night, as long as they are moody and depressing ones. "Drawing Restraint 9" is the soundtrack to a movie, but if it wasn't, it could have been named "Ghosts in an Empty Room", because that's what it sounds like. The music is lonely, spacious and, at times, disturbing -most especially in "Storm", my favourite track. I think people who enjoyed "Medulla" and who enjoy solemn instrumentals -Bjork only sings on about three songs, although there are some obscure male vocals too- will get the most out of this. For those who prefer Bjork's earlier days, stay clear of this one.


Born: 21 November 1965 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Björk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the avant pop Icelandic sextet the Sugarcubes, but when she launched a solo career after the group's 1992 demise, she quickly eclipsed her old band's popularity. Instead of following in the Sugarcubes' arty guitar rock pretensions, Björk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggest names in the genre, including Nellee Hooper, Underworld, and Tricky. Debut, her first solo effort (except for an Icelandic-only...
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