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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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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
Björk's evolution into starchild siren was pretty surprising given her predisposition for flighty, often jarring musical juxtapositions. Homogenic was arguably her first fully formed statement as a passionate, forward-thinking ambassador to electronic pop. I'm reminded of her spiritual godmother Kate Bush's 1985 release Hounds of Love, in the way Homogenic fuses state-of-the-art production techniques with its protagonist's idiosyncratic song forms and instantly distinctive alto call. The mysterious, punchy impressionism of "Hunter", spacey new age of "All Neon Like", and malleable, beatless wonder of "All Is Full of Love" are just a few examples of the album's compassionate, slightly off-center romanticism. LFO's Mark Bell produced many of the tracks and he gives Homogenic a futuristic tinge despite trading the florescence of Björk's previous efforts a wider pallet of pastels. Only on the experimental house of "Pluto" does she step out from her cocoon in a fit of rage, although even then an air of intrigue envelops the track. Homogenic, living up to its title, is one of the most perfectly formed records of any era, and it is entirely possible that Björk will never approach this level of consistently enrapturing beauty again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare To Be Shocked By The True Genius Of Bjork Feb. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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, slit-like eyes, tight skin, microscopic lips and an oversized kimono wrapped around the genius. It's almost scary in a wonderful way, representing a cold and distant Bjork at the time of the album's release. Bjork has created totally new genres of music that were unheard of until she hit the block big time back in 1993 with her debut album "Debut." This concept was taken further with 1995's "Post" as the acclaim and praise continued to overwhelm her. However, Bjork's shining creativity and musical genius cannot be seen better in any of her records more so than in Homogenic.
Released in 1997, Homogenic was Bjork's third studio album and saw the artist in a tumultuous state of mind. She was angry at certain people in her life, and this is reflected in the harsh and primal nature of this album. Homogenic is the kind of album that you will not like straight away, but need to give a few listens before you can truly appreciate it. The same can be said for probably most of Bjork's music, but you don't get as much satisfaction after persisting with them than you do in Homogenic.
"Hunter" opens the album in magnificent style. With supersonic beats sliding all over the arrangement and gentle sighing, it's clear from the first few seconds that this is a manic and eccentric song. The paranoid drums and aching violins work in excellent contrast with Bjork's soft vocals. She begins by singing, "If travel is searching, and home what's been found. I'm not stopping, I'm going hunting. I'm the hunter. I'll bring back the goods, but I don't know when.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album from Björk! Nov. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought that record the day it went out, in 1997. I still listen to it often, and I still get the same feeling I had the first time I listened to it: complete and infinite awe. Björk is one of the most talented artist of our time, and she proved it to the world with this record. There seems to be a little something new to notice at every listen, each song is beatifully written and uncovers raw emotions with the intricate lyrics and passionate strings in background. If you have a surround sound system, the experience will be even more amazing. An essential in absolutely everybody's record collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cover, great sounds, Great hair, Great neck rings...
Björk just gets better and better. "Homogenic" (apparently it's another term for "homozygous") reverberates throughout with amazing electronic sounds,... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by ewomack
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
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... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Reverend_Maynard
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. 29 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. 18 2004 by Tim Chapin
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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