|1. Human Behaviour|
|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|
|9. Come To Me|
|10. Violently Happy|
|11. The Anchor Song|
|12. Play Dead - David Arnold|
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.