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`Stonemilker' opens with beautiful, gloriously elegiac strings. The lyrics contain a warning of what's to come, however, with Bjork pleading for openness: "show some emotion", "I wish to synchronise our feelings". She ponders whether one person can remain open while another is "shut" but the music remains the most immediate and hopeful sounding that it will ever get on the album. On another record, it could be the optimistic closer.
Here it leads into `Lionsong', with more strings and Bjork's voice carrying a gorgeous melody, the lyrics conveying more doubt: "maybe he will come out of this loving me, maybe he won't". The first subdued beats arrive, it moves around, the song returning to the main theme. Bjork seems to accept being confused: "sign of maturity, to be stuck in complexity", before being resigned at the end: "somehow I'm not too bothered, I'd just like to know".
`History of Touches', opens with fragmented synths and "I wake you up in the middle of the night to express my love for you" (never a good sign!). She says "I wake you up feeling this is our last time together" and seems to be mentally summarising the relationship. Musically though, this three minute interlude breaks the melodic flow completely. On first listen this was jarring but on reflection probably necessary before starting on the next track.Read more ›
Stone Milker is a grand beautiful opener and excited for it to be part of the Bjork music catalogue.
Lion Song continues with the grandness of Stone Milker and while there isnt any new territory here, it takes one back to the Homogenic/Vespertine days.
Family continues with the homogenic/verspertine wails and the drum n bassy'esque sound. There is no catchy chorus to latch on to with this track but where it lacks in catchiness, it makes up for in its haunting energy.
History of Touches goes back to the feeling of the last album except the instruments are much more soothing.
Black Lake is a 10 minute track that increases in intensity as the song builds. Very similar again to the vibe of the last album. Pullls at the heart strings.
Atom Dance is the collabo with Antony. Bjork owns the first 4-5 minutes of the track and then Antony kicks in. His unique vocals have been warped so they sounds even more unique. The song then goes into them singing in unison which is the most enjoyable part of this 8 minute track. She wails, he wails, the strings, the drums kicking....emotionally intense.
NotGet confuses me alittle.Read more ›
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What a powerful and tragic album. Bjork shows complete mastery in her string arrangments, too. The complexity of the album reflects the complexity of the emotions of a hard... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Melnick
Everything Bjork does is amazing. I have trouble listening to this album more than once though, it is very affecting.Published 2 months ago by erin
Bjork continues to make fantastic ever changing yet familiar albums...Published 5 months ago by Devon
It's Bjork. She can do whatever she wants and I'll probably be there liking it. Especially when she explains TV - find that youtube clip and watch it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Wilson
Bjork did great in shifting to another genre.. far from her comfort zone. The beats are nice and Bjork's voice as well.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bjork has managed to once again deliver another masterpiece. Many people say that the "Strings" album may be more vulnerable/soul-wrenching, dark and her first acoustic... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shelley D. Bowen