Gling-Glo Original recording reissued
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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.
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.".Read more ›
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I knew I'd like this album. It's clean, upbeat, straight-up jazz, as it seems Ms B has been singing this gems all her life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Keith Nathan Albrecht
An eclectic view of a great performer spreading her wings beyond her previous band, the Sugar Cubes. If you can get past the Icelandic language vocals you will enjoy a tasty treat.Published 21 months ago by larry e. dahl
...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 morePublished on January 30, 2013 by alexander750
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 morePublished on September 25, 2011 by JamesCG
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
"Gling Glo" remains Bjorks' only big-band Icelandic album. Its also the only Icelandic jazz album I own. Read morePublished on January 30, 2008 by Marc Davis
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 morePublished on July 18, 2007 by M.C.
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 morePublished on September 17, 2006 by Mucosa
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 morePublished on October 6, 2005 by Eric Crawford
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