|5. All Neon Like|
|6. 5 Years|
|8. Alarm Call|
|10. All Is Full Of Love|
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.Read more ›
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.
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 ›