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Gling-Glo [Original recording reissued]

BjörkAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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: #14,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Björk does jazz... December 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork works her magic into the jazz scene perfectly January 7, 2004
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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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Bjork album July 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I especially love Luktar-Gvendur, Kata Rokkar and I Dansi. I think Kata Rokkar may be the best song Bjork has ever recorded (that's in my humble opinion of course).

It's jazz... Upbeat at times, slow and smooth at others. Except it has Bjork's voice on it. She's not the jazziest of vocalists, but she still adds 150% to the beauty of the music. It's soo much different from the rest of her other work, which may mean that even if you don't like her solo-electronica stuff you may like this. However, if you're reading this you probably already like Bjork, thus I'm wasting all of this useful space. I'll stop now.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars :) :D :P :O ;) v :l April 20, 2004
By mf
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars For the hardcore Björk fans...
...this is an essential item for your collection, as it fits neatly between her years with the Sugarcubes and her solo debut with "Debut. Read more
Published 20 months ago by alexander750
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork Does JAZZ!!!
Originally released in 1990 before 'Debut' Bjork and icelandic band (of which name is too hard to spell)got together and came out with this! An Icelandic Jazz Album! Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by JamesCG
2.0 out of 5 stars Clinging glowing
2 1/2

Although it would be three more years until her real Debut, this little known release shows Bjork in all of her jazz-lounge vocal glory, highlighting the fairly... Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Hola Iceland! : Land of Eskimos, Sea Lions, and now... JAZZ!
"Gling Glo" remains Bjorks' only big-band Icelandic album. Its also the only Icelandic jazz album I own. Read more
Published on January 30, 2008 by Marc Cabir Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Gling Glo!
I'm not sure I understand the assessments made by negative viewers that this album is lacking soul and that only Bjork fans can understand/appreciate it. Read more
Published on July 18, 2007 by M.C.
3.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is...
In response to the review by Laura Laureate, check the date this album was recorded...1990! You can hardly say success had gone to Bjork's head... Read more
Published on September 17, 2006 by Mucosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Bjork unleashed
This jazzy set floored me. I know it predates her solo career but it unleashes all the joy and pleasure of that wonderful voice and presence. Read more
Published on October 6, 2005 by Eric Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars jazz for the jazz-blind or 'what was she thinking?!'
steve peters has already pointed out the shortcomings of this cd in his intelligent review (see below). Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by laura laureate
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I never would have guessed that Bjork could have tackled these songs but, oh, was I wrong. This is the most technically challenging material I've heard her perform and she sounds... Read more
Published on August 25, 2005 by Bjorkfinity
4.0 out of 5 stars Bjork does a fair stab at jazz
This side-project from The Sugarcubes is admittedly just that - a side-project. But it is an interesting one at that. Read more
Published on July 24, 2005 by filterite
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