Bjork
Debut


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
March 26th, 2006 | 157 replies | 25,028 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The curtain closes on another classic opera, the man claps, though he is not exactly sure what he has just witnessed. He puts on his coat and hat and exits. On the way out the man passed a sign showing a picture of the woman he had just seen perform. Her name was Bjork. She had shoulder length black hair, it was a little ruffled up. Her semi-smile was beautifully catlike. He entered the cab with the womanís face still in his head. When he arrived home he began typing on his type-writer. He was writing a review for the masterpiece he had just witnessed.

Mostly the man was surprised by the strangeness of some of the songs. Some had a strangely sinister jungle feel ( Human Behavior ), with tribal emotions pouring out from this mystery siren. Others were party gems ( Big Time Sensuality). They inspired him to dance like he had never danced. These dance tracks, which made up a portion of the show were not unlike others he had heard. They had pulsing beats and quirky sounds, lyrics about love and such. But these tracks were different. Perhaps it was the production. For itís time it seemed to have a very 1930ís feel. Acoustic bass and jazzy vocals, while staying very current and even venturing to some future territories. The background noises he heard also wowed him. Some of the sounds he had heard were extremely strange, yet familiar. The one thing that made these tracks stand out the most was the voice of the girl that sang them. It was incredible. Her voice changed freely, it could go from low and raspy to sharp and high-pitched, almost like the voice of the manís 13 year-old son. The voice was operatic and full. The most amazing thing was, it never went out of tune and always sounded amazing. Unlike his 13 year old son.

The man took a sip of water and began a new page.
The show had an extremely mellow feel. Something he could see himself laying down too. Maybe not falling asleep, but just hanging around. A lazy Sunday album, so to speak. The trippy One Day was a great example of this. Despite its annoying synths he found himself infatuated with the tune. He had tried this with other albums. They would either put him to sleep or keep him to tense. He knew this record would be different.
He opened his window to try to get an earful of Bjorkís eclectic sound. What he heard was a beautiful neo-soul tune called Venus as a Boy. He listened closer. The beats were tight and loose at the same time. The vocals were beautiful. It was 10 oíclock and he was tired, but he did not drift off. He kept listening. He head a wonderful harp melody and a wonderful vocal melody. The song filled him with emotion and he listened closer. It reminded him tremendously of an early Walt-Disney movie. The vocals were timid and the harp was beautiful. He began writing again.

The girl he had learned was from a large northern island called Iceland. This place, he had learned had been ravaged by Vikings, Nazis and gigantic volcanoes. The strength of the country seemed to be reflected in her voice. Prior to seeing the show he had read an interview with the Icelandic beauty. She said that she most likely would have ended up a farmer if she had stayed in Iceland. Far from her position as an electronica goddess.

The word electronica also seemed to describe Bjorkís sound. It was feminine and it was electronic. Her two sounds seemed to blend the two so well the name seemed to be made for her.
He recalled the last acts from the show. They had everything an electronic music fan could want. From the beautiful swing-pop melodies of Come to Me to the aptly titled show stopper Violently Happy to the absolutely wonderful baritone horn filled The Anchor Song the last in preticular was the manís favorite of the CDís mellow tracks. Though mostly a Capella the track sounded extremely full, beautiful and jazzy. The man found it the perfect bridge between the 90ís growing Independent rock sounds and the early 1900ís jazz sounds. He recalled the end of the show and finally knew what he had witnessed.

What could best be described as musical ecstasy.

Pros:
Beautiful Melodies
Jazz inspired
Eclectic

Cons:
Vocals may not appeal to everyone
Certain tracks get boring

Overall: 4

-Joe



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
March 26th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is my second favorite Bjork album. I love the jazz influences that you mentioned in the review. 'Venus as a Boy' is probably my favorite track off the album, I just love the whole feel to it.
Your review was great. You described a lot of tracks in a short amount of writing.

The Jungler
March 26th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the great feedback Zebra. This is the only whole Bjork album I've heard so I don't know where to place it.

My mom read this reveiw and liked it.This Message Edited On 08.30.06

"Freshly Baked"
March 27th 2006



583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

At first when I saw the rating at four, I thought "Wow, thats harsh" this album has a lot of fanfar, but the reality is it isn't the masterpiece it's hyped up to be, It's just a great album.
I totally agree with your review. good job

There's More To Life To This is easily the best song ever recorded in a bathroomThis Message Edited On 04.01.06

The Jungler
July 14th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Anchor Song is pure beauty.
My favorite of this at the moment.

Kage
October 2nd 2006



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rules. I saw "Dancer in the Dark" and I liked her peculiar style, and this album does not dissapoint at all.

Good review.

Kaleid
January 8th 2007



710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've got 'Play Dead' on my version, it's immense.
This album has a great feel to it. Crying is superbThis Message Edited On 09.21.07

drewhnovak
April 3rd 2008



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'One Day' is fantastic. Really.

Meatplow
October 9th 2008



5524 Comments


I'm digging this a lot, however it's a thin line between silly pretentiousness and the "quirky" broken english artistry of it all.

Her voice fascinates me.

industrialjunkie92
October 13th 2008



167 Comments


I like concept reviews, even if this one was a bit lean.

kintups
April 15th 2009



491 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a fantastic review. I love this album.

Meatplow
June 6th 2009



5524 Comments


Yeah, I keep returning to this more than I should. It owns.

BSX
June 10th 2009



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meatplow. . . you're everywhere I go. . .

Pizza
December 18th 2009



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I finally listened to this since my dad is a fan, nice stuff. I love her voice

Meatplow
December 18th 2009



5524 Comments


Meatplow. . . you're everywhere I go. .


lol... am I?

dylantheairplane
September 15th 2010



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Violently Happy is so fucking awesome

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2010



15016 Comments


iirc the best song on this is a bonus track (play dead)

pizzamachine
September 15th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Crying is my fav Bjork song.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2011



15016 Comments


the production on this is sort of cheesy but overall i like it. 'like someone in love' and the bonus track 'play dead' are my favorites.

omnipanzer
January 7th 2011



21442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this whole album. I forgot to download your stuff last night. Can you shoutbox that URL on my page please?

Digging: The Ettes - Shake the Dust

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2011



15016 Comments


http://www.mediafire.com/?ctlgp371sz9pdfp

edit: oops ill do it on your page too



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