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5 Reasons Why Bjork Rules

As of now, Bjork still remains my favorite music artist of all time. I find almost all of her albums to be at least fantastic and two of her albums to be completely perfect. For the skeptics, this is why Bjork is so damn awesome.

Eclecticism: While much of Bjork's work is firmly rooted in electronica music, she's extended her reach to many other genres like jazz, alternative rock, classical, and even elements of folk. While her first few albums were mostly alternative dance albums with some experiments here and there (especially with a certain big band number), things changed with Homogenic. A mix of trip-hop and classical strings was brought in to reinvent Bjork's style, and from that album forward, she gave us one successful experiment after another. I just love how diverse her music is in general.

Breakaway: It's tough to escape a former band's shadow sometimes, but Bjork did just that by embarking on her solo career and becoming more successful than anyone else in The Sugarcubes ever was. I find it cool that Bjork was able to break away from her post-punk/pop-rock roots and redefine her sound and image so well. Plus, she was a way better singer for The Sugarcubes than Einar, who was the male singer of the group.

Musical Environments: It seems like pretty much every Bjork song has its own musical environment, a place that almost seems like it could be real despite simply being created aurally. The atmosphere is obviously what contributes to this, creating mood pieces that mentally transport you to different places. Whenever I want to take a nice stroll around the town or in a natural area like a forest, it's always a beautiful experience to listen to Bjork on my MP3 and really take in my surroundings. Powerful stuff.

Her Vocals: Obviously this was gonna be a high entry! Yeah, her vocals are amazing. With an elastic vocal range and probably one of the most unique singing voices ever, Bjork's vocals fit her eclectic music brilliantly. She's brimming with personality and you can tell that she has a serious amount of passion in her singing, particularly during a song's chorus or general climax. She also uses a wide variety of dynamics to convey the mood she's going for in a song, using her soft vocals just as much as being loud and bombastic and anywhere in between. Overall, a wonderful singer.

Nostalgia: This might seem like a really weird thing to put as #1, but this is what I mean. Tying into the "Musical Environments" reason, Bjork's music just has a certain power to make me feel younger again. To make me feel like I'm back in my elementary school or junior high during my more reflective moments back then. Things get so much more complicated when you get older, but to me, Bjork's work represents a simpler and more graceful passage of time in the past (for me, at least). It's really tough for me to explain this reason... it's just there. I always think of my childhood and my old friends and how our paths diverged. I think of where I'm living and how it's changed since I first got here. Maybe it's more in Bjork's music than her vocals, but something about her compositions just gives me chills and makes me really stop and think about how far I've gone in life and the steps it took to get there.
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