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Artist: Bjork
Genre: Techno/Electronica, Rock/Pop
Release Date: September 1997
Note(s): Nominated for a 1998 Grammy for best alternative music performance

Review by VincentB
4 stars out of 4

Björk is a genius. She have this quality to create her own style with sounds we know and experimental stuff. The final results always give us products that have the rare potential the popularize experimental music without losing any interest from electronic music fans like me. Homogenic is surely less accessible than her two previous albums, but once again songs like "Joga", "Unravel", "Alarm Call" have this emotional power and this pure simplicity that electronic music can lack sometimes. I was not so sure about this album at the begining, but it keep getting better...Björk create and even more unique world of sounds where beautiful strings arrangements are mixed with agressive distorted beats in most of the tracks. Sometimes, it's more subtle like in "Alarm Call" or more obvious like in "5 Years" and "Pluto". This is a conceptual album where all the tracks create a whole piece. The best feature of this concept is the amazing effect that the ambient track called "All Is Full Of Love" create just after the really agressive Pluto. Björk use her voice on all levels (more than before) from the most subtle to the most intense. On this album, She remind me of Thom Yorke in Ok Computer for the intensity of the voice (it's not nothing!) and the way she use it like an instrument. The beauty that the tension between the beauty and the bad (strings vs distorted beats) create is unique and magical! Her voice just make the music even better, but in fact just her voice can make great records! A masterpiece!!

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...she leaves home and investigates love's bumpier back roads .... celebrates difference and challenges listeners to explore the joys of contradiction with open ears and vivid of the boldest -- and most exciting -- albums of the year."  4 Stars (out of 5) Rolling Stone 10/16/97, pp.103-104

"...the 31-year-old Reykjavik native's new album delves deeply into hip-hop, flies in orchestras, and proves that the electronic generation will yield much more than a string of dance epiphanies..." 9 (out of 10) Spin 10/97, p.135



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