Homogenic

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
By the late '90s, Björk's playful, unique world view and singular voice became as confining as they were defining. With its surprising starkness and darkness, 1997's Homogenic shatters her "Icelandic pixie" image. Possibly inspired by her failed relationship with drum'n'bass kingpin Goldie, Björk sheds her more precious aspects, displaying more emotional depth than even her best previous work indicated. Her collaborators -- LFO's Mark Bell, Mark "Spike" Stent, and Post contributor Howie B -- help make this album not only her emotionally bravest work, but her most sonically adventurous as well. A seamless fusion of chilly strings courtesy of the Icelandic String Octet, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
By the late '90s, Björk's playful, unique world view and singular voice became as confining as they were defining. With its surprising starkness and darkness, 1997's Homogenic shatters her "Icelandic pixie" image. Possibly inspired by her failed relationship with drum'n'bass kingpin Goldie, Björk sheds her more precious aspects, displaying more emotional depth than even her best previous work indicated. Her collaborators -- LFO's Mark Bell, Mark "Spike" Stent, and Post contributor Howie B -- help make this album not only her emotionally bravest work, but her most sonically adventurous as well. A seamless fusion of chilly strings courtesy of the Icelandic String Octet, stuttering, abstract beats, and unique touches like accordion and glass harmonica, Homogenic alternates between dark, uncompromising songs such as the icy opener, "Hunter," and more soothing fare like the gently percolating "All Neon Like." The noisy, four-on-the-floor catharsis of "Pluto" and the raw vocals and abstract beats of "5 Years" and "Immature" reveal surprising amounts of anger, pain, and strength in the face of heartache. "I dare you to take me on," Björk challenges her lover in "5 Years," and wonders on "Immature," "How could I be so immature/To think he would replace/The missing elements in me?" "Bachelorette," a sweeping, brooding cousin to Post's "Isobel," is possibly Homogenic's saddest, most beautiful moment, giving filmic grandeur to a stormy relationship. Björk lets a little hope shine through on "Jòga," a moving song dedicated to her homeland and her best friend, and the reassuring finale, "All Is Full of Love." "Alarm Call"'s uplifting dance-pop seems out of place with the rest of the album, but as its title implies, Homogenic is her most holistic work. While it might not represent every side of Björk's music, Homogenic displays some of her most impressive heights.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005537959
  • Catalog Number: 91257

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hunter (4:15)
  2. 2 Jöga - Martin Björk (5:05)
  3. 3 Unravel (3:21)
  4. 4 Bachelorette (5:12)
  5. 5 All Neon Like (5:53)
  6. 6 5 Years (4:29)
  7. 7 Immature (3:06)
  8. 8 Alarm Call (4:19)
  9. 9 Pluto (3:19)
  10. 10 All Is Full of Love (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Björk Primary Artist, Keyboards
Mark Bell Keyboards
Mark Berrow Violin
Mike Brittain Bass
Jeffrey Bryant Horn
Roger Chase Viola
Ben Cruft Violin
Roger Garland Violin
Wilfred Gibson Violin
Paul Kegg Cello
Yasuhiro Kobayashi Accordion
Chris Laurence Bass
Helen Liebmann Cello
Martin Loveday Cello
Trevor Morais Drums, Electronic Drums
Peter Oxer Violin
Paul Pritchard Bass
Maciej Rakowski Violin
Frank Ricotti Snare Drums
George Robertson Viola
Guy Sigsworth Clavichord, Keyboards, Pipe organ
Gavyn Wright Violin
Helen Tunstall Harp
Vaughan Armon Violin
Bill Hawkes Viola
Peter Lale Viola
Alasdair Malloy Glass Harmonica
Stephen Henderson Timbales, Timpani
Paul Gardham Bass
Alasdair Alloy Harmonica
Jon R. Ornolfsson Cello
Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson Cello
Hrund Hardardottir Viola
Moeidur Anna Sigurdardottir Viola
Una Sveinbjarnardóttir Violin
Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson Violin
Sigrun Edvaldsdottir Violin
Paul Gardhaim Bass
Sif Tulinius Violin
John Tunnell Cello
Jeff Bryant Horn
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
James McLeod Violin
Michael Thompson Horn
Technical Credits
Deodato Arranger, Orchestration
Björk Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mark Bell Programming, Producer, drum programming
Marius de Vries Programming
Markus Dravs Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Howie B Programming, Producer
Guy Sigsworth Producer
Danny Joe Brown Band Programming
Björk Gudmundsdottir Composer
Sigurjon Sigurdsson Composer
Alexander McQueen Art Direction
Richard Brown Programming
Martin Björk Composer
Steve Price Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This was the second Bjork album that I bought and am soooo happy that I did. She is so emotional and expressive that it is just wonderful. My favorite songs are "Joga" and "Unravel." This one is right up there with "Post," if not a hair ahead of it. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bjork is incredible

    after hearing ALL IS FULL OF LOVE from the stigmata soundtrack, I was amazed by bjork. i bought the homogenic cd the next day. this album is incredible. bjork at her best. definitely one the top ten best albums i own. Joga, all neon like, all is full of love, and unravel are just some of the wonderful songs that make up this c.d.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I admit I was wrong...

    When I first heard Bjork it was at a friends house. It was her second album, Post. I loved it and bought it the very next day. I kept thinking: ''Bjork just can't get any better''. I was wrong. Homogenic is even better than Post (and that's REALLY good, 'cause Post is a near perfect album). In other words...it's a perfect, flawless, can't get any better Bjork album. Orchestras, violin solos, techno beats and Bjork's sometimes soothing, sometimes blaring voice are masterfully put together. A must Buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    electrons trapped in a plastic disc

    HOMOGENIC is one of Bjork's greatest works to this date, she has clearly paved a way into the sound of the 21 century way before anyone else had the chance to think about it. By incorparating very heavy bass beats, astounding electronica and the wonderful talent of The Icelandic String Octet in the songs Joga,Hunter,5 Years,and Pluto...Bjork has managed to pull of a record that has the best aspects of what anyone should expect of an Electro-Pop album. The feelings portrayed on this CD are ones of Determination,Joy,Longing and Regret. Each song is it's own entity and envokes strong emotions from the listener. Homogenic is an album that you should definately own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Homogenic: snowflake sounds falling from Iceland

    This album is incredible. Every track cradles a different part of Bjork's spirit. Lyrically it captures a thousand feelings wrapped up into potent images like 'luminous threads' or 'a ball of yarn'. The repressed beats are interesting with clever time changes and the off beat vocals sour from one melody to another climbing the towers of harmony.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Homogenic review

    After the success of Debut and Post, Bjork deconstructed herself with the disastrous Telegram. Homogenic tries to reconcile the pop melodicism of Debut and Post with the experimentation and deconstructon of Telegram, and almost succeeds. There are a few gems here. Hunter has an intriguing, mystical air about it, and Bachelorette has a great string arrangement grounded by a solid techno-beat. Alarm Call is a solid groove that's begging for remixes. The rest of the album suffers from weak material and excessive doodling. This may be the album Bjork wanted to make, but judging from it's sales, not the one most people wanted to hear.

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