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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 23-SEP-1997

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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  • Audio CD (September 23, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HPV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on February 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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Adam Carroll on December 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first time I listened to Homogenic, I was a little disappointed. I missed the eclectic sounds of Bjork's previous album, Post. To me Homogenic 'all sounded the same'. Then I listened a few more times, and it was only then that I really heard and appreciated the music. Now I consider it to be Bjork's best yet.
A strange but effective mixture of hard techno beats and string octet performances is the 10 song backdrop for Bjork's unique voice. The album starts with 'Hunter', a searching, determined track. It moves through songs of loneliness, desire, and passion. Track 9, Pluto, is the album's intense climax. The sheer energy in this track is astonishing (and you simply cannot turn the volume up enough, in my opinion). Homogenic closes with the soft, peaceful 'All Is Full Of Love', a song so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.
You don't have this album? What are you still reading this for? Go out and experience it for yourself - I promise you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Tate on December 8, 2004
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After two very eclectic albums filled with experiments in sound and vocals, Bjork bounced back with this perfect gem, `Homogenic'. The saying `third times the charm' is entirely true; this is the first Bjork album with a definitive musical style, which carries throughout. Gone are the upbeat techno beats of `Debut' and the flair of `Post'. `Homogenic' is very dark, raw, powerful and completely timeless. Touching on universal issues of life, love, revelations and hurt, Bjork delves deeper than ever before. Again, Bjork is experimenting, but it's obvious she feels at home here. The music is very creative; it's like she took her native hymns and songs and added techno beats. It's very modern, and lovely.

This is probably my favorite Bjork album as a whole. All of them are wonderful, but `Homogenic' seems to flow the best. There are light moments, but they are few and far between. Get ready for a whole lot of pain and power to get thrown at you; Bjork's voice is gorgeous as she sings, growls and teases with enthusiasm.

Hunter: At first, I wasn't excited about this. But after a while, this track seems to grow on you. Subtly aggressive, Bjork sings as if she's searching for answers, and she won't give up until she finds them. I'm always inspired to push myself more after hearing this. The drum rolls give the song a marching feel filled with persistence, and the constant `ooohs' and `ahhhs' are enchanting. One of Bjork's best lyrics is in this song: `I thought I could organize freedom, how Scandinavian of me'. I admire Bjork's courage to throw an accordion in, and the organization of this song is fantastic! (5/5)

Joga: The first time I heard this song, I was completely blown away.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2003
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The first word that comes to mind when I think of "Homogenic" is WOW. Bjork has never been exactly mainstream, but on this album she delves into experimental sounds like never before - and succeeds. The second word that comes to mind is weird, but it's a very good weird.
First of all, look at the cover. Look at it carefully. On "Debut" and "Post", Bjork appeared as her normal, quirky self. But on the cover of "Homogenic", she adopts a cold alien-geisha identity. The result - with the enormous, space-age hair buns, the strange nails and dress, and the inhuman eyes - creates a profoundly disturbing image. But it reflects the album, for this was a turning point in her career. It showed her maturity as an artist, gave insight into her personal feelings, and definitely revealed her true weirdness.
Hunter - The album opens with the eerie drumming of "Hunter", as well as the haunting strings and simplistic vocals by Bjork. It's a very stark, very cold opening, but it is beautiful, like being stranded in the middle of the Arctic tundra.
Joga - Easily the best song on the album, Bjork's masterpiece. The lush strings and the rhythms of the drum machine make this a song full of emotion. The complex rhythms are accented with Bjork's vocals, which have never sounded so good.
Unravel - Beautiful. This is a slower song that, after "Joga", is nice. The synthesizers are beautiful, the lyrics simplistic, and the melody is gorgeous. It conveys a feeling of both sadness and love.
Bachelorette - Another excellent song. Many people say it sounds like a movie soundtrack, which (if you mean by its epic scale and fantastic vocals) it does.
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