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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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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.
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 way...it 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
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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It takes sometime to get into Björk's world but when you have, enjoy the journey. "Debut" is indeed the Icelandic singer's first album and the best too. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Josephll
"Vespertine" was my first Björk CDs; I bought it a few years ago when it was new. I had heard a few Björk singles and had briefly owned a copy of... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Cedric
Bjork has refined her sound and evolved as an artist, inspiring others since her first album, released in '93, but 'Debut' is a treasure that's just as priceless and definitely... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Clarissa
Ok first off if you are a Bjork newbie then you MUST listen to this album FIRST or you will not get the full Bjork experience. Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by Michael
It's true...there are so many fantastic tracks on 'Debut', I can't even pick a favorite! 'Venus as a Boy' is so cute and fun. 'Big Time Sensuality' hits the dance beats. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Tim Chapin
For as long as I can remember I have been familiar with Bjork and her position in the music industry. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Busy Body