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Debut Import

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  • Audio CD (Dec 6 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Mother
  • ASIN: B000007WMT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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1. Human Behaviour
2. Crying
3. Venus As A Boy
4. There's More To Life Than This
5. Like Someone In Love
6. Big Time Sensuality
7. One Day
8. Aeroplane
9. Come To Me
10. Violently Happy
11. The Anchor Song
12. Play Dead - David Arnold

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International version of the Icelandic enchantress' 1993 album with the bonus track, 'Play Dead'. Universal.

Her first album following the breakup of the Sugarcubes, Debut is Icelandic trickster Björk's statement of purpose: bringing curious experimentalism to the dance floor and putting her startling, expressive voice front and center. Her perspective is a little alien--it's no accident that the first song talks about "getting close to a human"--but her leveling of genre distinctions has some wonderful results, especially the eroticized easy-listening reggae sway of "Venus As a Boy." Paired with producer Nellee Hooper (of Soul II Soul), she comes up with a series of invitingly artificial settings for her pipes, built from late-night beats and peculiar timbres, and sings like she's overwhelmed with joy from all her senses. --Douglas Wolk --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Unison on July 9 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bjork is back with a new sound...her own.
1. Human Behaviour - The first single from Debut. This is one of Bjork's earliest songs and still one of the best. Her voice soars and has one of the greatest videos I've ever seen. 10/10
2. Crying - When I bought I was hesitant to any song I hadn't heard before. I was letting the cd play one day from Anchor Song and on and this came on. It is wayyy better live though. But still one the best songs on the cd. 9.3/10
3. Venus As A Boy - A really good Bjork but it really does depend on your mood. It's very poppy and upbeat. It has some great Icelandic lyrics though. 8/10
4. There's More To Life Than This - I first heard a sample of it in a Bjork Megamix (Igor's Violenty Happy Remix w/Depeche Mode). I loved it. I downloded it and bought the Venus as a Boy single just so I could get the studio version (Non Tiolet Mix). 10/10
5. Like Someone in Love: Annoying. I absolutely hate it. 0/10
6. Big Time Sensuality : When I first heard the fluke version I loved it from the beginning to the end. This version is way better though. It sound very 'Ray Manzeryck' like. 10/10
7. One Day: I love her voice but I don't listen to it often b ut nontheless it is a very very good song. 8/10
8. Aeroplane: Definetly my favorite song on the cd. At first it sound indimated and unproportionate. It is on of the best songs she has ever written. Better live though. 10/10
9. Come To Me: Hate it. 0/10
10. Violently Happy: Let's put it this should have been on the Greatest Hits CD.....10/10
11. Anchor Song: I love the jazz sections and Bjork's voice. It simply soars through the song. 10/10
Over all rating: 8/10 or... 4/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ewomack on June 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
Creative and intelligent dance music? What's going on here? Isn't dance music just supposed to be monotonous and jarring rhythms punctuated with the occassional foreign language phrase (e.g., "Du habst... du habst... du habst nicht")? The surprising thing is that dance/techno is as expansive a genre as rock ever was, and Björk has exploited this fact almost to its extreme. "Debut" explores melodic lines underscored by dance/techno beats with amazing results. Björk's passionate and very eclectic vocals pervade everything making for quite a ride. From the opening booms of "Human Behavior" (is that sampled timpani?) to the squacking horns of "The Anchor Song", "Debut" samples an eclectic variety of sounds and rhythms. Though by no means the album's best song, "There's More To Life Than This" intrigues with its juxtapositions between party noises and closed-door intimacy (Björk even slams the door on the party's rumblings, and you're suddenly sharing a side room alone with Björk as she sings about better things to do than be at this boring party). "Like Someone In Love" almost startles with its contrast; suddenly Björk rhapsodizes about being in love with the sole accompaniment of a harp, a lilting melody, and some ambient noise. "Gazing at stars, hearing guitars." Not at all like what came before. Then the opening keyboards of "Big Time Sensuality" suck you back into the more pounding dance rhythms that make up most of the album. Some of the major themes explored in Björk's lyrics include: the hope-to-die pine for love, escape from the mundane, joyous erotic upheaval, obsession, and the humanly bizarre or the bizarrely human.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miccah on June 28 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Debut" is such a fabulous album because it seems to age along with the listener. At 19, when I first heard this music, I didn't know what Bjork hinted at when she wrote "One Day."
Now, at 27, I cry when I hear the song because I can feel the movements of my first child inside my womb. She perfectly expressed the hopes of motherhood without actually mentioning babies at all. True to her subtle nature, she playfully weaves a tapestry of meaning using baby sounds and ambiguously playful lyrics ("The aeroplane will glide gracefully around the volcano/ with the eruption that never lets you down.")
"Debut" is chock-full of such expressive gems, and should convince even the most casual listener that Bjork is more than a kook in a swan dress; her artistic vision is matched by an enormous talent that removes her by light-years from her contemporaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bonesteel on June 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
If I were forced to categorize this music, I would have to call it techno, but it escapes the sense of sterility and coldness that I associate with that genre through the expressive power of Bjork�fs unique vocal style. From the moment many years ago that I first heard the Sugarcubes�f �gBirthday�h on our local college radio station, the unrestrained passion and joy in her voice captivated me. I have never heard anyone sing like this before, and the fact that this extraordinary voice is wedded to quality material with innovative rhythms, melodies, and arrangements makes this disk a real winner.
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Format: Audio CD
Bjork is the perfect mix of the hardcore and the gentle. Technically, this album is electronica pop, but the label doesn't do justice the trans-genre influences you hear. And it doesn't begin to suggest the challenging nature of this music, or the fact that it can be repeated over and over and over again.
Take "Anchor Song" for example. It features Bjork's voice, in perfect control, accompanied by nothing more than two of the most godawfully dissonant saxophones you ever heard. Or "Someone in Love", which contrasts dreamy harp strikes with the grunts and shrieks of Bjork. These songs remind me of Paul Gauguin's aphorism: "The ugly can be beautiful -- the pretty, never." It's in the nature of artists to express themselves -- some artists have nothing important to say, or are too naive to understand what they've seen, or deceive us with the patently false. But the worst artists are the ones who show us only what we want to see, who gloss over everything with a coat of prettiness, mundanity, and complacency. Bjork commits neither sin, and at her most ugly, she is beautiful.
And here's a factoid for your record books: the groovy Garden-of-Babylon sound in "Aeroplane" snatches an old Sufi devotional lyric: "I cannot live peacefully without you for even one moment. I miss you terribly when you are away." You can almost see an elephant waddling to the beat on that track.
For a pleasant surprise, play some of this for a kid you know -- they will fall in love with the giddy lyrics, the playfulness of Bjork's voice, and the music box tones of the synthesizers.
This album came out when we were still merging into the digital age, and my first copy was on cassette. After about ten dozen repetitions on the old boombox, the sound quality really started coming apart. It's been nearly ten years, I'm still listening to this album, and THANK GOD CDs don't wear out.
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