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HOMOGENIC

Björk

 

Crossover Prog

3.87 | 186 ratings

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Chris S
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4 stars I think this was the defining album in 1997 after more than a decade of experimentation, dance, trip hop and plain individualism, Bjork embarked on a more sombre, progressive and electronic sound. Homogenic really did spark the beginning in terms of firmly having a whole album consistently producing an overall defined sound. Chilly vocals, mixed with fizzy electronic sounds and unpredictable beats. " The Hunter" kicks the album off in slow predatory style, almost stalking the listener as it slowly builds to a nice steady plateau of output. One of the highlights on the album as is the follow up " Joga" . " Unravel" is more of a vocal work as Bjorks enjoys accenuating different words all bundled with her beautifully directed Icelandic slant. " Bachelorette" probably is the most accessible and commercial track off Homogenic, however the next track " All Neon Like" is an equisite combination of minimalist sound and wonderful vocals, again I cannot help thinking back to very early Popol Vuh or even Ash Ra Tempel. Definitely the pick of the bunch. " Immature" has Bjork really stretching her vocal chords and the final track " All Is Full Of Love" reverts back to a slow number but equally ending the album on a positive note.

Homogenic marked the introduction of Bjork as not only as a continued popular artist, but one with progressive pop and progressive electronic tendencies. She went on and did even more interesting works, namely Vespertine and Medulla, but still this is an excellent starting point for those keen to explore her works further and especially the progressive side of her music. Four solid stars.

Chris S | 4/5 |

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