5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
It's an interesting fluke that, statistically, Björk's two greatest albums just happened to wind up right next to each other on this list: after all, few artists on this list could rival her in terms of innovation, vision, talent, and high-yield experimentation, and Post was the record to establish this. Though it continued in the excellent tradition of 1993's Debut,...
Published on July 26 2008 by T. Bigney
3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Maybe a good album.
Bjork's second album as a solo artist is possibly maybe a good album. After coming off a high from Bjork's marvelous and energetic Debut album you would expect that her second release with Post would be even better. Unfortunately that is not the case. In my view Bjork scored much higher with Debut than she does here with Post. The album disapppoints with a sluggish...
Published on July 2 2002 by Greg Allup
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)It's an interesting fluke that, statistically, Björk's two greatest albums just happened to wind up right next to each other on this list: after all, few artists on this list could rival her in terms of innovation, vision, talent, and high-yield experimentation, and Post was the record to establish this. Though it continued in the excellent tradition of 1993's Debut, this album was so much more-- a forward-looking amalgam of vibrant electronic pop, animated production, and intelligent beat-mongering. "Army of Me" storms in all dark and menacing, but with a sense of awareness that only Björk could filter through such a stark concoction. In videos like "Army of Me", or the theatrical, West Side Story-inflected "It's Oh So Quiet", which adumbrated her role in Dancer in the Dark, you can see in her eyes that she couldn't be more comfortable in her own skin. This record is packed solid with ambition, yet lacks any misplaced self-awareness. She may come off as otherworldly, but as she showed on tracks like "Possibly Maybe" and "You've Been Flirting Again", she's more grounded than any of us.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Bjork Ladies and Gentleman : Review 2: Post,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)Bjork is back with a new sound as always and making it sound even better than Debut did. Unlike Debut, which one a dance slash jazz album, Post is very techno and industrial.
1. Army of Me : A very strong opening and like Human Behaviour, gives no indication of the roller coaster ride that you are in store for. 9/10
2. Hyper-Ballad : When I first heard the first 20 seconds I absolutely hated it. But when I let my Bjork CD-R run through I wondered what the song was (considering the word Hyper-Ballad never comes up). I love it to death. 10/10
3. The Modern Things : This song is very very fun. I think it is going back the Debut album in parts (lyrics) but it loks better on Post and completes in story. 9/10
4. It's Oh So Quiet : It sort of scared me because when you ever see Bjork on VH1 they always show her screaming at the end and then her dancing around in Big Time Sensuality which just is not fair. **It's fun to choreograph to** 10/10
5. Enjoy : The first Bjork true masterpiece on Post in my opinion. She carries herself off so classy and fun that this song is always a surprise. Enjoy!!!!!! 20/10
6. You've Been Flirting Again : The intermission. I love this song because it sounds so soft and you can just imagine yourself on a mountain or in a garden. 10/10
7. Isobel : The sequel to Human Behaviour from Debut. This time the character (Isobel) tortures citizens of a city when she discovers the pebbles of her forest where actually tiny skysracpers. 10/10
8. Possibly Maybe : The equivilent to Enjoy in my opinon. 20/10
9. I Miss You : The last good track on the entire album. It is fun and very showtune. Put it this way....she actually makes the accordion sound cool Good use of music invention Bjork. 10/10
10. Cover Me : boring..2/10
11. My Headphones : i'm dead...0/10
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscoverd Bjork,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)I was recently on vacation in Puerto Rico and wanted to buy some CD's for the rental car. The only two cd's in the store worth buying were Janet Jackson's Design of a Decade and Bjork's "Debut". I listended to both CD's throughout my trip. I have been a Janet Jackson fan for sometime, but Bjork got under my skin on this trip. I am now a full-fledged fanatic. I never realized that almost all of Bjork's songs are love songs. The only remote comparison I can make of her is like a Nordic, deconstructed, sometimes minimal, electronic Billie Holliday. She can be gloomy, elated, ecstatic, whatever. When she sings, the songs are hers.
My favorite song on the CD is Isobel. Listen to Missy Elliot's "Really Hot" and see how ahead of her time Bjork is. The beat sequence is almost identical.
Possibly, Maybe is another beauty. It hits the feeling of a breakup on the nose.
To all of the people who wrote bad reviews of Bjork, if you don't have something nice to say..... Bjork has been singing most of her life and experts would agree, she has a natural singing voice and an expressive and wide vocal range. Can anyone complaining make those sounds with their voices, on key no less? She knows music inside and out, and the wierd and avant garde sounds are INTENTIONAL. Besides, one has to have an acute knowledge of music to turn it inside out like that. Listen closely and you will hear the genius. Barbara Streisand has been done. We don't need anymore singers sounding like someone else.
Also, the videos from her DVD collection go hand in hand with the songs. You really get the true meaning and a grasp of the songs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare your aural canals...,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)How did I miss this in the 1990s? Why did it take me almost ten years to hear this great album? Which excuse can I use? Surely not stupid youth - I was old enough to know good music when it smacked me in the face. So why didn't this smack me in the face in 1995? After soaking in the marvelous "Debut" (a crony forced me to listen to it, and my gratitude pours out for him) the expectations were admittedly pretty low for the follow up. Beginners luck, I thought, the next one will smell like putrid seepage. After all, second albums always reek, don't they? Ok, so I'm an idiot. "Post" in many ways surpasses its predecessor. Intimidating electronic industrial thumps provide fodder for both dancing and fear. Björk sounds outright scary and disturbing on some of these tracks (particularly "Army of Me" and "Enjoy" - two of the album's best songs). Then, just before you can stop cowering, she turns fear and rage into heartbreaking beauty on such songs as "Hyperballad", "You've been Flirting Again", and "Isobel". One of the album's biggest surprises is "It's Oh So Quiet" - a big band show-tooney type song in which Björk stretches her vocal cords to their absolute limit. Her screams penetrate the cochlea in unimaginable ways. Be prepared oh reposed and complacent headphone wearers. What a great song, and what a great demonstration of Björk's versatility and vocal prowess. Overall the album has a more electronic and industrial feel than "Debut" (which may account for its freshness even today). Björk explores many of the same themes here as on her first outing: Obsessive love, escape, heartbreak, being "naughty", and escape. An astounding follow-up album, and more amazing still considering what comes next.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well...,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)I'd like to make a comment. While I don't own this CD, I find that there are some people here who write some immature reviews. And there are immature people on both sides (The pro and con).
I am an obsessed Britney Spears fan - I love her. But you know what? Bjork is amazing, and I love her as well. I'm going to buy this CD soon enough. Bjork is a genius that understands things that many people haven't seemed to fully grasp yet... but please people, grow up - you can love pop and Bjork at the same time, it's very much possible, so grow up and realize that it's possible. Liking a certain kind of artist or genre doesn't determine who you are as a person. Usually it's linked in some way, but it's not what determines you.
5.0 out of 5 stars BJORK IS FANTASTIC,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)QUOTE: Possibly The Worst Singer In The World! by Cassandra Dongoski. I listened to this C.D. a while back & I almost went deaf this cd is awful this chick can not sing & this album is so freaky & scary!I could barely get through this whole cd! If I could give it zero stars I would! I have never heard of her kind of music it's like she has her own music catergory!If your into freaky & different stuff then you probably will like it! all songs have a outer space sound with weird noises!I don't know what I can recommend to you if you like this except anything Bjork! :UNQUOTE
NOW, my turn. I could NOT stop laughing at your atrocious review of an album by one of THE best singers of our time. She has a phenomenal range and a fantastically individual style (<that's a GOOD thing). Not only that, I am painfully aware of the fact that you are terrified of anything different, because you have been brainwashed. Yes. I'm sorry: brainwashed. It happens to all the weak-willed in America ("BE THE BEST!"). The culprits? Britney Christina and all the other boob flashers and shrill squealers (who, by the way, have to "collaborate" with the "hippest" new producers to get a hit).
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)Björk's second album is just as good as the first, it has a great diversity of songs and samples and it feels like she had more things to say when the album was recorded then on "Debut". There aren't as many dance inspired songs here but some very good song were recorded here aswell. There's been a great mix of producers here, Tricky was one for example.
"Army Of Me" is a angry pop song with dance influents, it's probably the most radio friendly song, and the easiest song to get into on this album, hence it was her biggest hit from "Post". "Hyper-Ballad" is probably my favorite, it's quite slow with ambient dance rhythmes. her remake of classic broadway "It's Oh So Quiet" is arguably her most famous song. It had a great video but the way Björk sings it is very unique, very intense & she balances the vocals great from singing very quiet to rather load. "Possibly Maybe" is a typical Björk song, strange with unique samples that you haven't heard of before, it's also a quite slow song."Isobel" is simular to it. "Miss You" reminds me abit of "Human Behavior". and "Modern Things" is one of my favorites, a song that starts dark but get's faster when it reaches the chorus, a great song.
I don't know what more to add then this is a very good album, about the time that "Post" was released Björk was a very big name in the music business. "Post" didn't make anyone dissapointed but plesantly surprised. After this album i feel that Björk has been going alot backwards though, if you want to see her on top of her game, check "Debut" or "Post" which are genuine masterpieces.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork, What can I say..,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)Cassandra Dongoski say this album is freaky and scary. Of course! It would be scary for anyone who likes Britney, Christina, and Hillary Duff. You know why? Because this music is actually GOOD!!! All of Bjork's albums have shown her growth as an artist and any true fan of Bjork would see that. If you want to get into Bjork I would recommend this album since it's more accesible than Homogenic or Vespertine, and Debut's is somewhat technoish yet an underrated album. I warn you however, once you get into it you won't get out
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)One day, I just kind of thought to myself, "You know, self, I've seen a lot of Björk on TV, I wonder what her music's like?" So I asked a friend of mine who likes her what album I should buy. Without hesitating she said the first album she'd reccomend would be this one, Post. So, I bought it not sure what to expect, but I was blown away!
Björk's originality is something so...rare! There are original artists, then there's Björk. Her music is a breed of sound I've never heard before, it makes me feel ways I never did! I love the range of styles there is even on this CD alone! The album begins with a powerful techno-rockish type song, "Army of Me," its beat is so consuming! Then before you know it you feel like you're listening to a musical with "It's Oh So Quiet"! I love the way she sings a big band type song, but adds her twist to it.
There's not song on this CD I don't like, and like my friend did for me, I'll reccomend it to you!
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Post And A Total Masterpiece,
This review is from: Post (Audio CD)In 1993 Bjork released her debut album "Debut" and simultaneously created one of the most unique and original albums for years. The critics adored it and she was hard-pressed to deliver the goods on its follow-up. She more than delivered in 1995 with the masterpiece "Post." A darker and more mature album than its predecessor, Post is a wonderfully epic album that revived the music scene from a deadly overdose of dance garbage and manufactured pop. It couldn't have come along at a better time.
Not many artists wind up producing a second album that far surpasses their debut, but Bjork - once again - is clearly the key objection to this rule. With harder beats, more creative production and a wider perspective on the world, Bjork created a masterpiece that still sounds as fresh today as it did back in 1995. One can only imagine what was going through her mind as she recorded this album. Bjork not only changed the music scene in the 1990's with this classic album, she changed my own perceptions on music.
"Army Of Me" opens the album in grand style. This is a really good opener for an album, very loud, very brash and hectic. It starts off like an electronic crash, before sliding straight into a thumping bass and percussion. It's an extremely industrial song with mechanical styles and powerful vocals from Bjork. "Hyper-Ballad" is the first masterpiece of the album, and works superbly when juxtaposed next to the song it follows on from. Strings and electronic pulses sweep this song along and Bjork's lyrics about throwing things off cliffs are extremely visual and commanding. "The Modern Things" begins with computer-synthesized beats before exploding into a whirling concoction of chaotic layering of programmed beats. Not the best song on the album, but still a good one.
By far the most famous song from this album comes next, "It's Oh So Quiet." This still remains Bjork's only UK Top 5 song to date, and spent 15 weeks on the chart from November 1995. This song is a technicolor romp through musicals with soft and quiet verses which make way for outrageous musical bursts. Bjork's diverse voice on this song still amazes me to this very day and her complete disregard for anything commercial and stereotypical made this one of the most well-known songs of all time across Europe. "Enjoy" is up next and without a doubt my favourite song on the entire album. This song is more reminiscent of the first track from this album, yet it's heavier and more hectic with more industrial beats. A thumping, pulsating beat just assaults your ears as you listen to it. Bjork's voice is dark and almost scary. Not a song to listen to in the dark! Someone once described this song as like having your head stuck in a cement-mixer. What a superb analogy! The song gradually draws to a close after a loud and sharp horn on the 24th second of the third minute. It's just incredibly powerful, hardcore and atmospheric! Enjoy, indeed!
"You've Been Flirting Again" is a short interlude which makes way for the proceeding song. It's soft and quiet, very tranquil in stark contrast with the song before it. "Isobel" is another album highlight. This is, by all accounts, a masterpiece in music. Strings gently open the song before a tribal drum beat just appears out of no where, as if from the Brazilian rainforest as techno wizardry takes over and a deep bass infects the song. The strings before each chorus are incredibly epic and just open up the song. "Possibly Maybe" is a strange song that starts off like a telephone ringing. It's a sad song about a former relationship and the minimalistic nature of the song captures this. The chorus is strangely catchy as more layers are added.
"I Miss You" is a dramatic return to the dancefloor. It's an outrageous song with many musical influences such as a trumpet and crazy samba beats towards the end. Bjork's vocals are just free and carnal. A true highlight of the album, if not her career. "Cover Me" contrasts the hectic power of the last track in a song in which Bjork states, "I'm going to prove the impossible really exists!" And prove she does with a haunting and tropical beat. It's hot, muggy and sticky like in the dead of night of a rainforest. The emphasis and enthusiasm showcased in her voice is just downright inspirational. It's a short song which leads us into the next song wonderfully. "Headphones" is a brilliant song, if a little over drawn. At almost six minutes it's to be expected but the little electronic impulses that dart around the song totally make it an enjoyable listening experience. The crackling in the background and Bjork's vocals of "Oh, oh, oh, oh, ah, ah" in any arrangement just scars itself onto your brain.
OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
Bjork is a new discovery for me. I've known her as a star for far too long, and avoided her music because it didn't conform to society's standards and expectations. How wrong I was. Bjork Gudmundsdottir is truly a remarkable woman. She's a total genius and I'm not lying when I praise her as one of the greatest female artists of all time! There is such a wide range of music on offer on Post, yet Bjork manages to hold it all together with ease. This is one of the best albums that money can buy and one of the very few you can listen to over and over without getting bored of. Buy it now and discover just what all the fuss was about.
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