Debut [Bonus Track]

Debut [Bonus Track]

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by Björk
     
 

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Freed from the Sugarcubes' confines, Björk takes her voice and creativity to new heights on Debut, her first work after the group's breakup. With producer Nellee Hooper's help, she moves in an elegantly playful, dance-inspired direction, crafting highly individual, emotionalSee more details below

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Freed from the Sugarcubes' confines, Björk takes her voice and creativity to new heights on Debut, her first work after the group's breakup. With producer Nellee Hooper's help, she moves in an elegantly playful, dance-inspired direction, crafting highly individual, emotional electronic pop songs like the shivery, idealistic "One Day" and the bittersweet "Violently Happy." Despite the album's swift stylistic shifts, each of Debut's tracks are distinctively Björk. "Human Behaviour"'s dramatic percussion provides a perfect showcase for her wide-ranging voice; "Aeroplane" casts her as a yearning lover against a lush, exotica-inspired backdrop; and the spare, poignant "Anchor Song" uses just her voice and a brass section to capture the loneliness of the sea. Though Debut is just as arty as anything she recorded with the Sugarcubes, the album's club-oriented tracks provide an exciting contrast to the rest of the album's delicate atmosphere. Björk's playful energy ignites the dance-pop-like "Big Time Sensuality" and turns the genre on its head with "There's More to Life Than This." Recorded live at the Milk Bar Toilets, it captures the dancefloor's sweaty, claustrophobic groove, but her impish voice gives it an almost alien feel. But the album's romantic moments may be its most striking; "Venus as a Boy" fairly swoons with twinkly vibes and lush strings, and Björk's vocals and lyrics -- "His wicked sense of humor/Suggests exciting sex" -- are sweet and just the slightest bit naughty. With harpist Corky Hale, she completely reinvents "Like Someone in Love," making it one of her own ballads. Possibly her prettiest work, Björk's horizons expanded on her other releases, but the album still sounds fresh, which is even more impressive considering electronic music's whiplash-speed innovations. Debut not only announced Björk's remarkable talent; it suggested she had even more to offer. [This Bapsi edition contains the bonus track "Play Dead."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2005
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0731452132321
catalogNumber:
521323
Rank:
31394

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Björk   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Garry Hughes   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Oliver Lake   Brass
Corky Hale   Harp
Gary Barnacle   Brass
Marius de Vries   Keyboards
Nellee Hooper   Percussion,Drums
Luis Jardim   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Talvin Singh   Strings,Tabla
Martin Virgo   Keyboards
Paul Waller   Keyboards
Jon Mallison   Guitar
Mike Mower   Brass
Jhelisa Anderson   Background Vocals
Bruce Smith   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Garry Hughes   Programming
Oliver Lake   Brass Arrangment
Björk   Composer,Producer,Brass Arrangment
David Arnold   Composer,Producer
Howard "Howie" Bernstein   Engineer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Paul Corkett   Engineer
Marius de Vries   Programming
Nellee Hooper   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jah Wobble   Composer
Hugoth Nicolson   Engineer
Brian Pugsley   Engineer
Talvin Singh   Musical Director
Stone   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Martin Virgo   Programming
Paul Wertheimer   Engineer
Jim Abbiss   Engineer
Dave Burnham   Engineer
Paul Waller   Programming
Mike Marsh   Mastering
Paul Conboy   Producer,Remixing
Kerry Hopwood   Program Engineer
Danny Cannon   Producer
H. Shalleh   Engineer
Sureh Sathe   Arranger

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