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Gling-Glo Original recording reissued

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1990 album features 16 traditional Icelandic & jazz tunes. One Little Indian.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gling Gló
  2. Luktar-Gwendur
  3. Kata Rokkar
  4. Pabbi Minn
  5. Brestir Og Brak
  6. Astartöfrar
  7. Bella Símamær
  8. Litli Tónlistarmaðurinn
  9. ÞAd Sést Ekki Sætari Mey
  10. Bílavísur
  11. Tondeleyo
  12. Eg Veit Ei Hvað Skal Segja
  13. Í Dansi Með ÞÉr
  14. Börnin Við Tjörnina
  15. Ruby Baby
  16. I Can't Help Loving That Man


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 2, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: One Little Indian Us
  • ASIN: B0000AYL44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Björk does jazz. And it's good. Her voice rings out like on no other album, with all the shrieks and screams she's known for. Here lies the definite proof of her vocal prowess. None of the electronic treatments of her other work coat the music (which may not please everyone). Most of the songs feature only voice, bass, drums, and piano; the usual jazz quad arrangement. And an added bonus: she sings fourteen of the sixteen songs in Icelandic. Song titles such as "Brestir Og Brak", "Ástartöfrar", and "þaÐ Sést Ekki Sætari Mey" make this pretty clear. In fact, the liner notes and nearly all of the text on the album appears in Icelandic (the album credits even list her as "Björk Guðmundsdóttir" - one can see the impresarios at Elektra saying "How about cutting it down to just 'Björk'?). She also sings two jazz standards in English, "Ruby Baby" and "I Can't Help Loving That Man". All around a great sound with great performances.

Björk must have been experimenting at the time of this album's release. It was recorded in 1990; well before 1993's "Debut" and while the Sugarcubes were still offically together. Perhaps she flirted with the idea of becoming a jazz vocalist? Or maybe "Gling-Gló" just represents a one time experiment? Either way, Björk would've made a great jazz vocalist, but most of her fans likely prefer the direction she eventually went in. Consequently, not every Björk fan will probably appreciate this album. Nonetheless, it stands as a testament to Björk's artistic diversity and vocal abilities.
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Whether or not you're a Bjork fan, this is a most interesting album to look into. Out of all of Bjork's published recordings, this has by far been the most well received in her native country of Iceland, and for good reason; though lacking the electronic and avant garde twists that her solo career has come to embody, Gling Glo represents Bjork's role in the Icelandic music scene, her uniqueness and power as a singer, and her ability to slide flawlessly from genre to genre. On the album, Bjork and Trio record Icelandic versions of classic and not-so-classic jazz standards, as well as jazzed up versions of traditional Icelandic songs. For Bjork fans, this cd will only be slightly surprising, as the familiar wails and yelps are just as present as they have always been...including the scat-like gibberish always at hand in her more recent solo work. Most importantly, the music is great, featuring impressive piano, percussion, and bass playing.
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i wish people would take the time to check their information before writing reviews. but of course that's the trade-off we get with web reviews right - as opposed to reading a newspaper or magazine writer's take on something, which has to be fact-checked.

two things from previous reviews need to be addressed. laura laureate writes of bjork, "has success gone to her head? does she think she can 'do it all'? so far she has made fairly smart choices... but she is hitting a wall with gling-glo". if you looked at the title of the album you'd see that this is a reissue. gling-glo was released in the states in 2003, but originally recorded and released in iceland in 1989-1990. this is a full five years before post, when she was still playing with the sugarcubes and was barely known-of here in the states. so this was actually done way before the "smart choices" laura speaks of. besides which, musicians don't play music just for the benefit of the purchasing public. bjork and the very famous icelandic jazz trio she's playing with on this album had played together several times, and had really enjoyed themselves. so they recorded an album together. sometimes musicians play music of a type or genre that they're interested in, or to play with musicians they like, and the result ends up influencing their later work. in that sense i find it pointless to ask whether she can "do it all"; the fact that she tried it is what's interesting for us music fans.

steve parker writes of the trio that "somehow they manage to completely miss the essence of jazz... It's like learning a foreign language from a book, without ever hearing it spoken... somewhere between New York and Iceland something crucial got lost in translation.".
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ahhhhhhhhhh.... 'bout all that needs to be said about gling-glo. happy little guants on the keys to tickle the earbone. whisping melodys nicely kept in tact with smooth walking bass. lay down some of the sweet sweet brush work jazz man. the piano tickles, the bass flows, the drums bob the head without restraint, the vocals....well, it's bjork. what every little boy dreams of how their mom should whisp them to dreamland every night the thunder scares them out of slumber. grins and giggles abound from play to stop. if you cant enjoy this, then you are not nice.
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The first album I bought from Björk that I bought was "Post," and I have to say I loved it. Next, I saw the movie "Dancer In The Dark." I loved her quirky take on musicals! I think that "Gling-Gló" was a great next step in my Björk collection. I bought "Vespertine" at the same time, but listened to "Gling-Gló" first and loved it! It's simple music: piano, bass, percussion, and that's about it. Thought it sounds plain, her voice spices it up and makes it her own! Each song, though I have NO idea what she's saying, is enjoyable to me. There are two English songs at the end, thank goodness! =) I would reccomend this for any Björk fan.
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