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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B000006ZCJ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Bjork Debut

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Her first album following the break-up of the Sugarcubes, Debut is Icelandic trickster Björk's statement of purpose: bringing curious experimentalism to the dance floor and putting her startling, expressive voice front and centre. Her perspective is a little alien--it's no accident that the first song talks about "getting close to a human"--but her levelling of genre distinctions has some wonderful results, especially the eroticised easy-listening reggae sway of "Venus As a Boy". Paired with producer Nellee Hooper (of Soul II Soul), she comes up with a series of invitingly artificial settings for her pipes, built from late-night beats and peculiar timbres, and sings like she's overwhelmed with joy from all her senses. --Douglas Wolk

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By FAZ on 26 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I had been avoiding Bjork's music over the years, fearing her eccentricity, her weirdness, I'd always felt she was a 'human alien'. It was until a few months ago, while I was looking for cassettes to buy on a record store, I found Debut.

And I thought to myself 'Why not pick up this one?'. So I did [though reluctantly].

Before I bought this album , I had known some of the titles. And I was frightened. You know titles like 'Violently Happy' or 'The Anchor Song' used to freak me out [silly, I know]. But that day, I decided to let go of my fear and give this record a try.

And when I bought it..I realised that I was completely wong!

This record, along with Post and Homogenic, ranks up to be one of the best records ever released.

And what surprised me more is that the lyrics, are actually relatable.

The lyrics aren't as 'outer-spacey' or as 'larger than life' than I thought.

Like on 'Come to Me', 'Aeroplane' and 'One Day'. The lyrics are talking about love, about feeling affection, desire, longing for a loved one or 'Crying' and 'Violently Happy' which are about feeling lost and longing towards someone you deeply care about.

So I was blown away.

Let's not forget songs like 'Human Behaviour' with its jungl-ish sound, hard-hitting percussion beat and spicy guitar sounds near the end of the song, it's just breath-taking. And the lyrics are also genius: "If you ever get close to a human/A human behaviour/Be ready, be ready to get confused/There's definitely, definitely no logic/In human behaviour"... Simply a classic.

'Venus as a Boy' and 'Big Time Sensuality' are talking about sexuality and attraction [most notably the former].
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlexG95 on 28 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
As many people know by now, this is not actually Bjork's debut album. When she was approximately 11, she released her first studio album (the self-titled Bjork) in 1977, and since then she's starred in many Icelandic rock / punk bands and proven to be a force to be reckoned with. This all makes the title "Debut" all the more ironic, amusing and interesting, but it truly is her debut, a fresh start of sorts.

This is the second Bjork album I listened to (after "Homogenic") and sits safely in my Top 3 of her albums. At points it does sound dated, but at the same time it's fresh, beautiful and one of the best albums I've ever heard (if that makes sense?!)

Now for a run-down of the tracks, including bonus track "Play Dead":

1) HUMAN BEHAVIOUR - The drums that start the song (and album) catch your attention straight away. The lyrics imply Bjork making a report on, well, human behaviour: "If you ever get close to a human [...] be ready to get confused." It may take you a while to fully appreciate this song (it did for me, anyway) but it's a brilliant lead single and personal favourite of mine, especially when the guitars kick in near the end. 9 / 10
2) CRYING - The first of the dancier songs, "Crying" is a typical example of sad lyrics with a joyful beat (and vice versa), something which Bjork seems to do quite a lot. It's best described as a very 90s song and extremely fun to hear in the car or at a party. 8.5 / 10
3) VENUS AS A BOY - While most fans seem to adore this song, I can't bring myself to love it. It's not a bad song by any means, though. VAAB is a love song with softly-spoken lyrics, lovely strings and what I can only describe as a hip-hop esque beat. The video is also quite interesting so check that out!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The article below is mistaken. This album is far from nonsense bland pop! Although her later work is perhaps more obviously produced and more expense has been given to samples, the apparent rawness of Debut always leave a sparkle of freshness and youth. The sound is dancy, poppy, brooding at times but there is always her stunning vocals mixed with passion and her lightness and depth of being shine through. An excellent album for chilling out, thinking, getting high - her career was not born here in humble beginnings, she just allows us to see her for what she is.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Sinclair on 2 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly amazing album, any fan of Bjork should have this. I've had it years and even when I was ten I was still stunned by her beautiful voice. I love it even more now, I really love the way it is so creative and different. This was a brilliant album to kick off her solo career, and I'm so pleased she's still going now. Some people think Bjork is quite weird, but I think she's cool, and this album proves it. This goes beyond the usual pop music, its something so different and thrilling, it works brilliantly with some slow songs and some upbeat, and all unique. Daring to be so creative has payed off so well as everyone appreciates this so much. This album is also now very high up on so many peoples' lists of favourite albums. She has practicaly created a genre of her own.
"Human Behaviour" never ceases to amaze me, I love the bassline and beat and her voice works with it so well, I loved it even more when I saw the video- also great and very creative. "There's more to life than this" is a good one to dance to, and will be sure to put you in good form. "Like someone in love" is thrilling. The harp and her voice work like electricity. It sends a million shivers down my spine, I love the way she sings with so much feeling, it still amazes me everytime, and I can't get enough of it. "Big time sensuality" is another dancey one, again not ordinary, but with her own stamp on it. Billiant!
"The anchor song" is great as well, some people may be a little disappointed with it, but it really is fantastic. Again changing direction, with brass instruments, like the harp- in "like someone in love" these also compliment her voice. The words of the song are great as well, saying how she loves where she lives, and in a great way, shows her identity.
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