Homogenic

Homogenic

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by Björk
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/1997
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596206129
catalogNumber:
62061

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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
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
Sveinbjarnardóttir   Violin
Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson   Violin
Sigrun Edvaldsdottir   Violin
Paul Gardhaim   Bass
Sif Tulinius   Violin
John Tunnell   Cello
Jeff Bryant   Horn
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Benedict Cruft   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
Steve Price   Engineer

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Homogenic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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