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HOMOGENIC

Björk

 

Crossover Prog

3.68 | 115 ratings

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Fido73
5 stars It took me a long time to get into Björk, it wasn't the style of music I was listening to, Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant etc... But one day, It clicked and... Wow!!!

Björk and jazz pianist Hiromi, are, as I like to call them, my two godess in music. Homogenic and Vespertine are my two favorite album by Björk. Homogenis started with the desire by Björk to mix strings, violon, viola & cello, on one side, with electronic beats on the other. She was persuaded to change her idea with a more stereophonic mix instead, witch resulted in a masterpiece from beginning to end.

The album start with the strong beats, curtesy of Mark Bell, of Hunter. A strong opening with good use of stereophony on the beats and effects on Björk voice. When the string make their entrance, they fit very well with the rest of the music. From then on you know that her idea of mixing strings with beats, not only works, but elevate the music into something unique and very strong.

Joga is next and show how strong a lyricist Björk is. In fact, with her unique voice, her lyrics is what I like most about her. And talking about her voice, I belived that only feeling comes out of her mouth, pure feeling and nothing else. Joga and Bachelorette are a very good exemple of what I am saying. Joga makes a good use of the mix between strings, witch starts the song, and the beats that gradually comes in, it follow the emotion of her lyrics and her voice, pure magic!

Unravel is a welcome calm between the two strong and intense songs that are Joga and Bachelorette. I really like Unravel, the use of multiple vocal in the chorus mix with the simplicity of the beats, makes it very emmotional.

All I can say about Bachelorette is that it may be the ultimate Björk song in terms of representing most of the element that you can find in her music, a masterpiece in it's own!

All Neon Like, the song tha fallows Bachelorette, may be not a fan favorite, but it's my all time favorite song of her. I love the repetitive beat, I love the way it built up, getting more intense and the lyrics... Most of the time, i'm in tears after hearing that song. The way she sing her lyrics is emotion in it's purest form.

5 Years is somewhat a let down compare to All Neon Like, but it's still a great song. Great groove.

Immature is the song that got me into Björk. I liked it the first time I heard it. I really like loop, and the loop in Immature is very good and simple, witch can be a good thing sometime, like in here. Another personal favorite of mine.

Alarm Call bring a smile on my face everytime I listen to it. Who can be cold to a infectious groove like in Alarm Call, especially if on top of that, she sings the phrases, "You can say no to hope, you can say no to happiness"?

Pluto is the agressive song of the album, Metal anyone?... Seriously, Björk deliver a another strong vocal performance. In concert, that song is unbeliveble! When I saw her during the Volta Tour, the place literally lift up, everybody started jumping up and down to the strong and agressive rhythm of Mark Bell, no word can describe it properly, a must.

All Is Full Of Love has two differents version, the album version and the video version. I definetly prefer the video version of the song more. On the album version, you don't have the great groove that you have in the video version, instead you have lots of reverb and a weird and slow bass loop. The only low point of the album, not the song, who is another masterpiece from Björk, but this particular version that doesn't fit with the lyrics or the melody at all, sad :(

In the end, if you are a fan of Björk, the probability of not having it is really low, but if you are new to Björk, it's a good place to start, but it may place the standard a little higher when you will go to listen the other albums in her discography.

Fido73 | 5/5 |

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