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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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My best friend bought this album for me for my birthday knowing it is one if not my favorite album(s). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nicholas Cruse
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I'm sure that the chances of you ever browsing through the reviews of your own albums on a site like Amazon are greater than finding Paris... Read more
Ok...Firstly...This album is one of the strangest records I've ever purchased...not that it's bad. Just it's definitely unusual and certainly not for your everyday music listeners. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Kyle Araujo
After 'Post' no other BJork album was easy to listen, but 'Homogenic' started to delve into a much deeper and darker note that made her music outright tough to digest for a few... Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Manny Hernandez
This artist is really INSANE! If some so-called artists called this music "art" they're really wrong and crazy. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Vinicio Valencia
Bjork's personal turmoil at this point in her life shines through on this stripped down album. All ten songs are basically techno mixed with strings. Read morePublished on March 14 2004
You'll want great quality headphones/sound system for this album, as the wonderfully deep electronic beauty deserves its' appreciation. Read more
Homogenic is a state of the art album. Great tunes, and great artwork. Bjorks vocals take you to another world...electric, syphonic, and relaxing... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Tim Chapin
Take a close look at the cover of Bjork's "Homogenic." Go on, do it. What you'll notice are outrageous alien-like hair buns, long silver finger nails, an elongated neck,... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by Busy Body