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  • Audio CD (Sept. 23 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002HPV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 275 customer reviews
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1. Hunter
2. Joga
3. Unravel
4. Bachelorette
5. All Neon Like
6. 5 Years
7. Immature
8. Alarm Call
9. Pluto
10. All Is Full Of Love

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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008.


Headline-grabbing personal upheavals turn into introspective surges on Homogenic, the third album by Icelandic singer Björk. Driven inward after a bizarre year accented by a much publicized mail bomb, airport cat fight and brawl between ex-lovers Tricky and Goldie, Björk gets lost in a wash of strings and minimalist techno patterns on her latest outing. The eccentricity and stylistic schizophrenia of Debut and Post have been cast away in favor of darker, more sublime edginess. Filled with songs about paranoia, heartbreak, and lost faith, Homogenic not only showcases more mature themes, but a more uniform mood. Notch that up to Björk's decision to produce the album herself. Aside from a few nominal collaborations with Mark Bell of obscure techno outfit LFO and the Icelandic String Octet, this is the purest representation of the artist's vision. Little did we know that such a quirky personality would have such a bleak world view. Homogenic is almost too heavy to take in sitting, and songs, like the grating "Pluto," are downright unlistenable. But there are moments of inspiration that burn through the dark clouds, particularly on the contemplative "Joga" and the uplifting "Bachelorette." --Aidin Vaziri

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Björk just gets better and better. "Homogenic" (apparently it's another term for "homozygous") reverberates throughout with amazing electronic sounds, strings, piano, and Björk's ever ethereal voice. It's arguably her best, tightest, and darkest album to date. Her two previous CDs "Debut" and "Post" had a more eclectic feeling to them (just a few examples are "Like Someone in Love", "The Anchor Song", and "It's Oh so Quiet"). This CD moves away from the relative eclecticism of her previous discs and strives for a more consistent sound throughout. Keyboards with low, low registers rattle inside your head and strings soar beautifully behind slow meccanic beats. It is probably less danceable overall than her previous two CDs (there's nothing as driving as Post's "Enjoy" or "Army of Me" here), and is more in the category of music "to be listened to". Each Björk album is a new experience, and this one carries on the tradition (as does its follow-up). "Hunter" opens the CD on an amazing and somewhat disturbing note. Björk's voice almost sounds a little sinister in places, especially on the lines: "You could smell it / so you left me on my own / to complete the mission / now I'm leaving it all behind". "Bachelorette" thumps into existence with its unforgettable opening piano riff. Listeners who aren't sure about Björk in general will likely make up their minds on the strength of this song alone. Björk continues to develop in interesting ways. She's not allowing herself to be typecast and buried in one musical style.Read more ›
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I love this album! It was the third I bought from her, I started off with Post, then Gling-Gló, and next Homogenic. It is very dark, engaging, and smooth.
In the second song, Jóga, she talks of "emotional landscapes." When I listen to that song, I can imagine a panoramic view of a dark green mountain range with the burning orange light of the setting sun silhouetting each peak. I can also see endless fields of grass and flowers, perhaps in Switzerland. This song uses strings Björk's overpowering voice to create what she sings about: emotional landscapes and a "state of emergency."
The song "Bachelorette" is a strikingly toxic song, it's very dark and beautiful. Again, the use of stringed instruments is a very nice touch and it creates a classic feel. This sounds like it could be a hit from some foreign musical, because it has a foreign quality to it. It is also very, very epic in its genre and sound. It gives the sense of a grand tale being told with its bold and melancholy music.
"All Neon Like" is a calming song with an infectious beat. Björk has a nack for smoothing out whatever annoying sounds you can imagine! The beat is a techno-like pulse, but almost sounds like a drum of sorts. I can't explain it, but don't expect a techno song as in clubbing...you'll just have to listen to the sample!
I genuinely smiled after hearing "Alarm Call," it's got a very light and happy message! Björk says, "I want to go on a mountain-top with a radio and good batteries, play a joyous tune, and free the human race from suffering.
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Few artists manage to constantly expand and experiment with each new release, particularly in the pop genre (although labelling this record as such is pretty meaningless), so to hear Bjork radically change her sound and outlook again with 'Homogenic' is nothing short of stunning. There was always a central dichotomy to her music: the Icelandic pixy with a huge voice certainly could entice us with her fairytale songs and quirky lyrics, but since 'Post', possibly even 'Debut', there was always a dark underbelly to her music that threatened her confusing demeanour, adding tension and life to a pair of remarkable albums. Where 'Debut' was a dance pop experiment with obvious reams of talent, and 'Post' was an eclectic, to say the least, collection of songs that tested each edge of her music, 'Homogenic' sees Bjork strip away the tasteful wacky woman of pop inage and craft an incredible record that deals with a darker side to her psyche in a gritty, unrelenting way.
Perhaps it was a failed relationship, or the stress of a very public life that catalysed this shift, but whatever the cause, 'Homogenic' is a very personal, dark album. Opener 'Hunter' is a good indication of the albums sound, with chilly strings and carefully looped beats never intruding on Bjorks powerful, emotionally charged vocals. Songs like 'Bachelorette' and '5 years' run more as extended mood pieces than short pop songs, with dense orchestration and memorable lyrics. The albums final track, 'All is full of Love', is particularly uplifting, and serves as a gorgeous, sweeping, evocative way to close the album on a note of hope and redemption that reminds us that for Bjork, the making of the album has been cathartic and more than a futile exercise in self pity.
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