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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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: 1/28/2005
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 731452132321
  • Catalog Number: 521323
  • Sales rank: 32,553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Human Behaviour (4:11)
  2. 2 Crying (4:52)
  3. 3 Venus as a Boy (4:42)
  4. 4 There's More to Life Than This (3:16)
  5. 5 Like Someone in Love (4:38)
  6. 6 Big Time Sensuality (3:56)
  7. 7 One Day (5:14)
  8. 8 Aeroplane (4:03)
  9. 9 Come to Me (4:55)
  10. 10 Violently Happy (4:59)
  11. 11 The Anchor Song (4:31)
  12. 12 Play Dead (3:56)
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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
Al 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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