Bjork
Post


5.0
classic

Review

by Dylan S. USER (66 Reviews)
January 18th, 2010 | 189 replies | 23,473 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The queen of Bjork's chess board of albums has arrived.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Since her breakout of popularity in the mid-nineties, Icelandic singer Bjork has been notorious for her creative music and wild actions, such as her attacking a reporter in Bangkok, or her one of a kind performance at the 2004 Winter Olympics open ceremony. At the ceremony, Bjork stood high in a stadium and as she sung “Oceania”, her dress unfolded and spread over the entire stadium floor like a wave of water. Before these antics began though Bjork was a blossoming musician with vocal power and creativity that would take her far in the music business. After a 1993’s Debut, Bjork received a decent amount of attention, but she constantly strived to improve herself, thus after Debut’s time came and went Bjork moved to England and began work on her sophomore release Post. Essentially Post was a concept album of her new surroundings and the things she experienced, even the name comes from the word ‘postage’ like she was beings shipped off to her new home away-from-home.

If improvement is what Bjork was after its no doubt she reached it as Post is clearly a musical standout compared to Debut. It built greatly on the firm foundation already set in place with blend of loud broad vocals, to quiet vocals all laid over electronic noises. One of the most obvious of this improvement is the opening track of Post, “Army of Me.” A loud industrial song with Bjork’s classic slowly creeping voice crawling through the verses until the dramatic cut off at the chorus when Bjork explodes with, “and if you complain/once more/you will meet/ and army of me,” over a simple electronic beat and grinding noise of a synthesizer. This style of music continues into the second track, “Hyper-ballad” just not as loud as the previous. “Hyper-ballad” also contains some of the most uniquely random lyrics that would later help Bjork reach ultimate fame. The lines “We live on a mountain/Right at the top/There's a beautiful view/From the top of the mountain/Every morning I walk towards the edge/And throw little things off/Like: Car parts, bottles and cutlery/Or whatever I find lying around,” standout to the listener most. The lines inspiration and importance are mysterious to everyone but Bjork herself. As “Hyper-Ballad” begins to draw to an end the rhythmic beat begins to pick up pace and gives hypnotic vibe, while at the same time features elements of dance music.

After the song, “All The Modern Things,” one much like the previous two, Bjork takes a major and extremely dramatic sound change as she covers the 1950’s Betty Hutton song, “Blow A Fuse” renamed from this album as “It’s Oh So Quiet.” What makes this cover music dramatic is that it keeps the same 50’s feel of the original with its loud big band chorus. The song begins at a slow swaying tempo with Bjork making “shush” noises, after a brief slow verse the band begins and the song picks up speed incredibly fast, then at random points in the chorus Bjork screams in a rough scratchy voice, making “It’s Oh So Quiet” one of the most memorable covers to be done. Once the song draws to a close Bjork regains her electronic sound again for the remaining seven tracks. Soon the slow and short loving ballad, “I’ve Been Flirting Again” starts, which acts more as an introduction to the following song, “Isobel.” This track is the most atmospheric song featured on Post. With its distant tribal drumming and lyrics about a forest, setting Bjork masterfully sweeps the listener on a journey through the jungle. While at the same time Bjork is showing a very raw and straightforward tone in her voice making “Isobel” one of the most inspirational and moving songs not just on Post but maybe of her whole career.

It is no doubt that Post launched Bjorks career even further than Debut ever could, and the following album, Homogenic launched it even more. Clearly this and Homogenic reign supreme in all of Bjork catalogue thus far in her career. The two albums go hand in hand like king and queen of excellent music that will be remembered for a long time. If Bjork will be able to surpass these two albums is yet to be told, but for now Bjork can only stand tall and pronounce loudly the word, “checkmate.”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dylantheairplane
January 18th 2010



2150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The concluding paragraph is a little blah I know...but thanks for reading if you did.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2010



5923 Comments


Not really my thing, but good review.

Doesn't seem like a 5 review though.

Pos'd

RobotFrank
January 18th 2010



344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't think Post and Homogenic clearly reign supreme. For me, Debut is where it's at. I find all three to be of near equal quality, and there's a few songs on Debut that hit me harder than anything on this or Homogenic. All three albums are close to (if not) 5's.



Titan50
January 18th 2010



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely not Bjork's best (Homogenic), but good album and great review

pizzamachine
January 18th 2010



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Changed my rating from 4.5 to 5. Should've done that a long time ago.

Chewie
January 18th 2010



4531 Comments


“and if you complain/once more/you will meet/ and army of me,”


an* army of me

“I’ve Been Flirting Again” starts


You've* Been Flirting Again

good review though. I love Bjork and It's Oh So Quiet is terrific.

dylantheairplane
January 18th 2010



2150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

goddamnit who the hell negs a review and doesn't comment? I hate hate hate that.

casiopop23
April 25th 2010



19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is not my favorite by Bjork (Vespertine), but this is a really great album

beefshoes
November 15th 2010



2146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is so close to being a 5 for me. Love this album!

someguest
July 11th 2011



18942 Comments


I got this, Homogenic, and Vespertine today for 15 bucks.

Digging: BABYMETAL - Babymetal

KILL
July 12th 2011



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

money well fuckin spent

Chrisjon89
July 12th 2011



2979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome haul and awesome artist.

Digging: Elizabeth Rose - Elizabeth Rose

Polymath
July 22nd 2011



3836 Comments


Only one page what the hell? This album is amazing. Hyper-Ballad is the best song of all time.

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, it ticks me off.

Polymath
July 22nd 2011



3836 Comments


I'm liking this more than Homogenic. Such a beautiful album!

Drsmith4
July 22nd 2011



1697 Comments


Hyperballad!

Polymath
July 23rd 2011



3836 Comments


Seriously one of the best songs I've ever heard.

beefshoes
August 21st 2011



2146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This needs more attention.

someguest
August 21st 2011



18942 Comments


IT COMES DOWN TO THIS

YOUR KISS

YOUR FIST

KILL
August 21st 2011



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MY HEADPHOOOOOOOONES



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