Bjork
Homogenic


5.0
classic

Review

by fsharp USER (10 Reviews)
May 24th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bjork(verb)- To not give a rat's ass; to do what you please or however you see fit.

The end of the 90’s was a bit of an awkward transition for mainstream music. You had boy bands and teenage girls taking over the radio with their seemingly never-ending string of watered down pop songs. While rap music was decaying by the minute, swapping out meaningful lyrics about respect, love, family, brotherhood and unity for that of sex, violence, degradation of women, drugs and riches. Grunge was dead and Radiohead put out one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time in ’97, leaving its mark on pop and alternative music up until this very day. Another album released in 97’ that did the same was Bjork’s 3rd album “Homogenic”

While the endless number of teenage pop stars turned to their writers to make their music, and earn a pretty penny, Bjork wrote and composed all of her songs herself on “Homogenic”. Many of the songs feature lush soundscapes, ripe with strings and keys and complex arrangements. But all include her gorgeous signature soaring vocals and bizarre, cryptic lyrics. The first track “Hunter”, introduces Bjork’s voice alongside an assault of vibrant and confident strings, strings that are not nearly as confident as the Icelandic entity herself.
It’s this confidence that really makes Bjork a huge part of what she is, and what she stands for. Throughout the album, she countlessly displays her “I do what I want” attitude. Her non linear vocals over a constant odd time signature on “Joga”, her harsh cries of despair on “Pluto”, or her oddball transitions from singing in English to Icelandic are all examples of this carefree attitude.

When she’s not awing the listener from a serious and emotional standpoint, she does it by poking fun. “Alarm Call”, a song that wouldn’t feel unfamiliar on a Michael Jackson record, shows that she can have as much fun as the song sounds performing it. The Michael Jackson allusion also shows that she wears her influences well, never afraid to take a cue or two from past artists, to pile it all in a big ball that she can call her own. Placed in between the brilliantness of “Joga”, which I have mentioned previously, and the cinematic and overwhelming “Bachelorette” is the beautiful and delicate “Unravel”, a song that shows off Bjork’s vocals in a more free form manner. As electronic as the music behind her voice may be, one can’t help notice the jazziness of her voice, slowly wrapping itself around you, by using layers of perfectly placed vocals and chilling vocal melodies. The three and a half minutes that this song has to offer is by far some of the most beautiful material I have ever heard, and most likely will ever hear.

Until the end of time, there will always be artists who are carbon copies of one another, falling into the hole that their competitors have already dug themselves into. Fortunately, for all the clones that continue to dry out the already lifeless music industry, there will always be at least one who continues to break new ground. With “Homogenic”, Bjork fell into the latter category, demonstrating herself to be an ambitious and spectacular artist. “All Is Full of Love”, as the last track suggests, but only if you prove it, and I’d be damning myself if I said she didn't with this album



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fsharptrit0ne
May 24th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I need a cup of coffee after that one

Flyboy
May 24th 2011


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review for an absolutely stunning album. Pos'd

omnipanzer
May 24th 2011


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have no idea why but there is something about the composition of the review that just doesn't sit
right with me. There is a ton of conjecture but none of it is specifically about the album so it
shouldn't bother me. I won't neg because I really think i'm the reason I don't like it. Rating is spot
on though and I can appreciate your glowing adjectives used to describe a glowing album.

WashboardSuds
May 24th 2011


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this reads like a review I would write

really nice, pos'd. great album

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balcaen
May 24th 2011


3183 Comments


fuk yea budday

this is so close to a 5 for me... a few of the middle tracks are lacking imo. this woman's a legend though.

omnipanzer
May 24th 2011


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No lacking tracks on this album ma'am, I must insist you increase your rating by.5 points.

Thank You

lancebramsay
May 24th 2011


1585 Comments


Holy 5 batman! Pos

and I'd be damning myself if I said she didn't
with this album.
Fix that sentence as I
recommended please. I know, a minor correction but
it's a prepositional thing y'know?

Otherwise I enjoyed this review thoroughly. It is
certainly well written, covers the historical significance
(the root of classic), and it dives into bjork's voice
which highlights the album. You do mention the
instrumentation, including vague reference to time
signature, but didn't dwell on it. I would argue
@omnipanzer that too much detail about the music is
fairly motonous, this aint a tbt. But yea, good job.

lancebramsay
May 24th 2011


1585 Comments


I've been avoiding bjork for too long... :o(

omnipanzer
May 24th 2011


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I mentioned on my own that the review and I may just have a personality conflict. ;^P

BSX
May 24th 2011


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Then you need to change that and let Bjork into your life.

LOL I JUST listened to this last night and love how aggressive it is

Pos'd

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fsharptrit0ne
May 24th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@lance fixed!

@omni my review doesn't like you either :p

omnipanzer
May 24th 2011


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fair enough

HI BSX!

BSX
May 24th 2011


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're like my stalker

omnipanzer
May 24th 2011


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I am

/blush

BSX
May 24th 2011


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stalk away then my love

omnipanzer
May 24th 2011


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

;^)

Drsmith4
May 24th 2011


1717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rivers Cuomo "Bjorks" waaaaay too much.

poz

Titan50
May 24th 2011


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Beautiful album, beautiful woman

beefshoes
May 24th 2011


4308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like Post a little bit better.
They are both including Debut some of the best albums of the 90's.

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WashboardSuds
May 24th 2011


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I read this Best of the 90's list where they had Post as number 2 and this as 1 above OK and Nevermind



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