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Album Review

By the late '90s, Björk's playful, unique world view and singular voice became as confining as they were defining. With its surprising starkness and darkness, 1997's Homogenic shatters her "Icelandic pixie" image. Possibly inspired by her failed relationship with drum'n'bass kingpin Goldie, Björk sheds her more precious aspects, displaying more emotional depth than even her best previous work indicated. Her collaborators — LFO's Mark Bell, Mark "Spike" Stent, and Post contributor Howie B — help make this album not only her emotionally bravest work, but her most sonically adventurous as well. A seamless fusion of chilly strings (courtesy of the Icelandic String Octet), stuttering, abstract beats, and unique touches like accordion and glass harmonica, Homogenic alternates between dark, uncompromising songs such as the icy opener, "Hunter," and more soothing fare like the gently percolating "All Neon Like." The noisy, four-on-the-floor catharsis of "Pluto" and the raw vocals and abstract beats of "5 Years" and "Immature" reveal surprising amounts of anger, pain, and strength in the face of heartache. "I dare you to take me on," Björk challenges her lover in "5 Years," and wonders on "Immature," "How could I be so immature/To think he would replace/The missing elements in me?" "Bachelorette," a sweeping, brooding cousin to Post's "Isobel," is possibly Homogenic's saddest, most beautiful moment, giving filmic grandeur to a stormy relationship. Björk lets a little hope shine through on "Jòga," a moving song dedicated to her homeland and her best friend, and the reassuring finale, "All Is Full of Love." "Alarm Call"'s uplifting dance-pop seems out of place with the rest of the album, but as its title implies, Homogenic is her most holistic work. While it might not represent every side of Björk's music, Homogenic displays some of her most impressive heights.

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Second To Post Only By A Whisker

It’s true that when compared to Post and Debut, Homogenic was not only radically different in style, but also in mood. While Post and Debut were poppy and generally bright and cheerful, Homogenic was darker and more alternative, a mass of orchestral noise built around crunching electronic beats. For a while I believed Homogenic to be Björk’s greatest work, but soon after I realised that Post was the way to go. While Homogenic was great, unlike Post, not every song was absolutely amazingly fantastic. Most were, but a few were not. They were still good, but not absolutely amazingly fantastic. So that leaves Homogenic second to Post. For some reason I feel as if Homogenic and Volta are related, but Volta is the slightly-uglier, less-loved sibling, and Homogenic is the beautiful, smart and greatly-loved sibling. Maybe it has something to do with both of them having 10 tracks, or maybe it’s because they’re both built around one type of instrument (strings for Homogenic, brass for Volta) and electronic underpinnings. The album opens with one of the good (and just good) songs, ‘Hunter.’ From the moment you hear, ‘Hunter,’ a somewhat frustrated and loathsome song built around a utilitarian, marching-style drum beat, you realise Homogenic is no Post. But when ‘Jóga,’ follows, you start to question your previous realisation. Sure, it’s all orchestral, but it’s a happy, loving song. I’ve always loved, ‘Jóga,’ but as time has gotten on I’ve started to appreciate it even more. I’ve started to realise things about the song that make it even better than before, in particular the electronic groove hidden under the strings from the second chorus on. It’s really quite funky. After, ‘Jóga,’ comes, ‘Unravel,’ one of the weaker songs on the album. It’s still a good song and is worthy of four stars, but it’s a little bit boring. I love the lyrics though. And then comes, ‘Bachelorette,’ possibly the most frustrated, angry and grieving song on Homogenic, and probably on any of Björk’s albums. It’s dark, moody and epic, built around dramatic strings and a wailing Björk. It’s sounds like something from a dramatic play. It’s really something special. In a somewhat calmer turn of events comes, ‘All Neon Like,’ yet again one of the weaker songs on Homogenic. Nonetheless it is still entertaining, especially in the last few minutes when the minimalistic electronic beat kicks in. Then comes, ‘5 Years,’ and, ‘Immature.’ Just like I feel as if, ‘Unravel,’ and, ‘All Neon Like,’ are connected in some way, I believe, ‘5 Years,’ and, ‘Immature,’ are very simular, almost as if they are the same song. They’re both built on a similar formula of mainly electronic noises, and they both don’t have many lyrics, although you don’t exactly notice this. Although they’re both a bit dark and mournful, they’re brighter and poppier than most of the album. Next follows, ‘Alarm Call.’ So Homogenic’s dark, right? Well, not always. You see, ‘Alarm Call,’ is like a ray of happy, joyous light shining through the rest of the album. It’s fun and uplifting. And then comes, ‘Pluto.’ Well, before you listen to, ‘Pluto,’ get ready for something indeed. It is the craziest, wildest and most hyperactive song you will hear in a long while. It is AWESOME. It’s all about a grinding, crunching, fast-paced and overall LOUD electronic beat, with Björk screaming over the top of it all. For some reason, it makes me think of Tokyo. And then along comes, ‘All Is Full Of Love.’ Now, the album version is a bit random – it isn’t at all bad, but it’s just sort of made up of random noises. What’s my recommendation? Get the, ‘All Is Full Of Love (Radio Edit).’ It’s made up of less-random sounds, including a quiet drum beat. It is one of the prettiest, most amazing song’s I’ve ever heard. So, which songs are the best? Well, ‘Jóga,’ ‘Bachelorette,’ ‘Pluto,’ and, ‘All Is Full Of Love (Radio Edit),’ are the utmost best, although, ‘Five Years,’ ‘Immature,’ and, ‘Alarm Call,’ are close behind. In conclusion, do yourself a favour and buy this amazing album – it’ll be one of the best you hear in a long time.

Homogenic is pure genius

Everytime I listen to Joga, I get goose-bumps. Do yourself a favour and buy yourself a nice pair of headphones or earbuds, and then immerse yourself in this music. Headphones are the only way to do this music justice.

Can she do ANYTHING wrong?

Despite nearly all of her albums/songs being outrageously different, she doesn't seem to EVER do anything wrong!! While it is quite a departure from "Post" and "Debut", "Homogenic" is an incredible album!! Her amazing voice features so beautifully among all the songs. Though the album starts very dark (this is, without a doubt, her darkest album (Selmasong and Drawing Restraint don't count!)) some of the later songs (such as "Alarm Call") have show Bjork is still playful with her music. She also shows us that, once again, she makes music not because of popularity or to make money but because it is something she loves!

Biography

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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