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Homogenic

Bjork Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Dear Ms. Guðmundsdóttir,
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 Hilton's disseration on Nietzsche. However, I am still writing this "review" to you.
First off, I would like to give you an apology. I am so, so, so sorry that during my 16 years on this planet I had never listened to you until now. It has been less than 18 hours since I purchased Homogenic and, without exaggerating, I have listened to it at least 10 times straight through. This is the type of album where every listen, a new suprise unfolds in the structure of the music. The lyrics on Homogenic, rank up there with albums such as Astral Weeks or Ok Computer. The usage of the Icelandic String Octet in your pieces gives the album even more of a dream-like feel to it. I must admit Ms. Guðmundsdóttir that this is the type of album that will withstand the test of time and shall open doors to listeners for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical journey into Björk's creativity! June 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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By ewomack
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible June 19 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Björk's evolution into starchild siren was pretty surprising given her predisposition for flighty, often jarring musical juxtapositions. Read more
Published on July 26 2008 by T. Bigney
4.0 out of 5 stars Hunting...
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 more
Published on May 10 2004 by Kyle Araujo
5.0 out of 5 stars All is full of Bjork
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 more
Published on April 4 2004 by Manny Hernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars Insane music
This artist is really INSANE! If some so-called artists called this music "art" they're really wrong and crazy. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by Vinicio Valencia
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for even the most casual Bjork fan
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 more
Published on March 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars -melts-
Amazing album.
You'll want great quality headphones/sound system for this album, as the wonderfully deep electronic beauty deserves its' appreciation. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Stephen C. Grimm
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork at her BEST!
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 more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Tim Chapin
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare To Be Shocked By The True Genius Of Bjork
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 more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Busy Body
5.0 out of 5 stars wow---amazing, entrancing, mystical
wow she is like no other, bjork truly reaches within and brings out emotion that few other artist can do. Her songs are always full of emotion and vigor. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by K. lett
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