11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2006
If you have never purchased a Bjork album, and are not too sure if you will like her or not, "Post" will be an excellent indication as if you do or not. The structure of the songs, are usually quite common, although the uniqueness and originality relies on the album's VERY strange and out-there lyrics (perhaps the craziest of Bjork's career), the way the electronic media is used, and of course Bjork's vocal.
"Army Of Me" opens the album very powerfully. It is one of the most accessible songs of Bjork's career, but this does not mean that it is one of the lesser tracks. It is very industrial and electronic. "Hyper-ballad" follows. I absolutely hated this song at first, but it is now in my top-5-favourite-Bjork-songs list (not that I have one), and continues to grow on me. The intro starts of with a bass synth sound, before acoustic drums are heard, and the wonderful lyric: "We live on a mountain, right at the top, there's a beautiful view" and so on. Classic. Bjork talks about throwing car parts and cutlery of a mountain, and imagining what the sound would be of her falling of a cliff. Genius. Her lyrically creative and best song, which became her second top 10 hit, and was the fourth single (after "It's Oh So Quiet") "The Modern Things" follows and it is another track that I adore. Bjork sings about how all the modern things such as cars and such have always have existed - they just have been hiding inside mountains (and this point you may be beginning to wonder what it is with her and mountains) amongst other bizarre lyrics, and she implies that mechanical things will soon take over the world, if you take the lyrics literally.
The 'classic' "It's Oh So Quiet" follows, and most fans see this song as one of the worst, if not the worst, song Bjork has ever created. It peaked at #4 in the UK, and sold nearly half a million copies there - the single. It was the last song where Bjork used jazz instruments such as saxophones. The song was so popular because it was VERY VERY different without being inaccessible or not radio friendly, the contrast between the verses and the chorus, the great video (her best until Alarm Call), and also the contrasting lyrics. "Enjoy" is another very loud and industrial song about sex to put it quite simply. It is strange and the best non-single. It is dark and reminds me of 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors', by Radiohead, although not as repetitive and distorted. "You've Been Flirting Again" is such a good song, and my second favourite non-single. It is absolutely beautiful and I love how Bjork performs it live at most of her concerts. I enjoy its simplicity and unique structure (one of the only songs with a not-so-normal structure.
"Isobel" follows, and was the second single from this album (the first was Army Of Me, which became her first UK top 10 hit. This song peaked at #23 in the UK. This song is definitely not radio-friendly enough to be a successful (i.e. top 10 or so) single. It is a fantastic song although I have to be in the right mood for it. "Possibly Maybe" is a dark, sexy, tranquil song, and probably the most sexy, and one of the most girly songs I have ever heard. It is gorgeous. It was the fifth single in the UK, reaching #13, which is very good for such a strange song. It is minimalistic, and is a cross between say Army Of Me and Hidden Place. "I Miss You" is one of the more accessible songs, and my least favourite from the album. It peaked at #36 in the UK. "Cover Me" it is a short, low-tempo song, not lasting more than a minute, which is followed by the amazing "Headphones", which return to the quality of the first six tracks. It is another song that is quite minimalstic, and it is one of the three longest Bjork songs. To enjoy (pun intended) this song you have to be PATIENT. Many reviews have stated that this song doesn't go anywhere until X etc etc. But it is a great song, and closes this masterpiece wonderfully. The second best Bjork album, afer Vespertine.
9 / 10
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2005
Back in the early '90s, when ex-Sugarcube Björk released her debut solo album "Human Behaviour", she was still the relatively mainstream pixie pin-up of the indie scene. It wasn't until Post, her second outing, that the glorious goofiness she is now known for really started to show.
As a girl in Iceland, she used to skip across the tree-less moors and make up nonsensical rhymes and music - what she is doing here is basically the same thing, but in a studio and with the help of Tricky (one of the engineers behind Massive Attack's darkly urban sound). The result is music that sounds like a cross between a Manga cartoon and an Icelandic saga. If you are scared off by her flaky persona - don't be. These tracks are more accessible than you would expect from a girl who went to the Oscar's with a stuffed swan draped around her neck. They're different, true, but not indulgently so.
On the opening track, Army of Me, Björk launches an attack against clingy lovers: "And if you complain once more, you'll meet an army of me," she promises, and goes on to plead "self-sufficiency, please!" It's a welcome contrast to all those love-struck Katie Melua-types out there. "Modern Things", with its quirky lyrics about machines taking over the world, sees Björk in full Manga mood, and standout track "Oh So Quiet" is big-band jazz gone bonkers.
The thing that intrigues me about Björk is how someone who seems so human can be so into machine-made music. Maybe it's inevitable that this oddball would want to look to the future instead of the past: if you want retro, you won't find it here. Still, Post sticks out like a sore thumb in the normally quite ethereal and outer-spacey world of dub/rhythm and bass/ dance. Where acts like Portishead are cool like polished silver, Björk sounds like an exuberant firework display of emotions. In the end, this album is all about her voice: big, riotous, squealing, groaning, whispering, giggling and weirdly sexy.
PS. Björk is Icelandic for those Scandinavian trees that look like vegetarian versions of a Dalmatian. Or at least I THINK it is.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2005
My favourite Bjork album without any doubt. Bjork uses her voice toper, perfectly veering between the thumping techno of Enjoy or Army of Me to the beautiful & emotional You've Been Flirtng Again, possibly the most beautiful song she has performed with a stunning orchestral backing. Isobel is wonderful-great lyrics, her stunning voice & marvellous music, with an unnerving, emotional quality. Hyperballad is great fun & The Modern Things is mad but stunning. Its Oh So Quiet was a great single & Bjork covers it really well-it perfectly suits her voice & personality. All the tracks are superb-a real album of qaulity, perfectly balanced & performed & a real show case for a completely unique & powerful talent. One of the few albums that can have me wanting to dance one minute & then find my emotions being really tapped. Awesome.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2000
This album is so good that even my high school teacher borrowed it when she saw that I had it.Teachers know best! The song that got me hooked was army of me with the thumping beats. I still get a huge rush when i listen to it. All the songs are so diverse that it can never get boring. By the way my teachers favourite was I need you which I have to admit hangs around in my head for ages.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2006
When "Debut" took the world by storm, no one was stumped more than its progenitor. Björk was suddenly Iceland’s biggest export since, well, anything, and the demand for the titular chanteuse solicited awards, appearances and tour dates from all over the globe. The record that was supposed to barely sell 100,000 copies had sold nearly four million worldwide and a follow-up was hotly anticipated by the music press. And, in many respects, "Post" follows the sophomore rulebook accordingly, among them the fact that Björk now had more friends involved in her musical arsenal, had more money thrown into the production and would produce an album that incorporated many different styles, genres and tunes. The one rule she failed to follow quite fabulously was that her second album would be nowhere near as good as the first … it seems the whole “build ‘em up – tear ‘em down” sentiments of the British music press were to be silenced with an album just as fascinating a listen, if not more so, as her first.
The first noticeable difference with "Post" is easily described by its fluorescent packaging. Björk has transformed from the shy alien on the Debut sleeve into a prodigious force to be reckoned with, a facet easily reflected by the music within the CD sleeve (can anyone imagine “Army Of Me” being on "Debut" at all!?) Though her amusedly observant persona is still present, she seems willing to take more chances now, as exemplified by the choice of collaborators. Nellee Hooper is on-hand to overlook proceedings, but old hands (Marius De Vries and Guy Sigsworth among them) and new faces (Tricky, Howie B and Graham Massey, the latter having actually introduced Björk to the joys of dance years earlier) had more of a hold on the musicmaking, serving up some truly inspiring stuff. One has the impression after listening to "Post" that this is more akin to the kind of music Björk herself would listen to. Incorporated into the mix are crushing bass lines, gorgeous string sections and offbeat instrumentation, amongst other things, all enmeshed into a wonderful concoction with the aid of Björk’s luminous voice.
A change of emotional meter should be spoken of also, as fans of "Debut’s" effusive dance-pop will be challenged by the darker hues present on this album. Whilst “Army Of Me” and “Possibly Maybe” rather obviously stand out as harsher material for the singer, even the album’s bright spots are tainted with a melancholy understanding. “Hyperballad” sees Björk doing terrible things to keep a beautiful love alive amidst a slow burn beat and crushingly romantic strings and “I Miss You’s” playful lyric is transformed into a state of questionable hysteria by Björk’s vocal and Howie B’s complimentary production. And the collaborations with Tricky, the confrontational “Enjoy” and minimalist “Headphones”, are as offbeat and menacing as anything the singer himself has come up with (though “Headphones”, upon later listens, heralds the album’s most uplifting moments). Meanwhile, the album’s lyrics, whilst still addressing the follies of human condition in a knowingly quixotic fashion, display a confidence unheard of in "Debut" (compare “Human Behaviour” to its more fearless cousin “Cover Me”) and the words found in “Possibly Maybe” and “Isobel” in particular suggest that this woman is definitely learning a lot about her adopted home, as well as its inhabitants, fast.
That said, Björk can handle the diva dramatics as well as she can the joy pop, evidenced already by “Play Dead”, and she wrestles each of these disparate songs into her own pantheon with a wrenching uniqueness. When most artists try their hands with different genres on the same album, it sounds like a so-called “artist” cashing in on the latest trend, yet Björk sidesteps this pitfall quite easily thanks to her voice and her own investment in the music. It is here that her production skills start to evolve and the music begins to flow accordingly, with some of the results nothing short of staggering. Tainted by a bleaker world view it may be, but "Post" signals what true potential lies within Björk’s own compositional skills. From the Latino brass and spectacle of “I Miss You” to the John Barry-style epic “Isobel”, from the moving histrionics of “Possibly Maybe” to the just-plain wonderful “Hyperballad”, you have everything here that Björk can give as a singer and, testament to her delivery and musical smarts, she even gets away with the big band boisterousness of “It’s Oh So Quiet”. Other singers would have been swallowed whole by this raucous animal of a song but, as proven by the single’s success over the globe, in this woman’s hands, it was the other way around.
on 4 September 2010
Debut took the world by storm with millions upon millions of copies of the album being sold, Post at that time was predicted to underperform!...a thought so hard to grasp now of course, with over 4 million albums sales worldwide almost matching Debut's success and matching that Trip Hop elemental electronica pop and ambient style of Debut, this time we have something more colourful with the addition of Ambient and Pop Rock styles too to add to this albums character and in every way is as much as a classic as ever and is highly regarded by critics as one of the definitive albums of the 90's.
As i stated in my previous review of Debut, Bjork is one of my all time favourite artists because of her striking imagination and creations with her recordings, each so feirce,vibrant and a force of nature, and alongside Madonna,Marvin Gaye and Kate Bush defined me and my perspectives of music and entertainment, that unusual vibe is so love and the sense of raw emotion conveyed within each song, so blissful and frenetic it makes somewhat of an intriguing listen everytime, and like Debut and the follow up to Post Homogenic it is an albums that is considered timeless and grows with it's organic sounds! 15 years later.
Also it must be noted (as i mentioned earlier) Queen Of Pop Madonna herself is a fan of her work ensured she collaborated on her Bedtime Stories title song in 1994 inbetween albums, a song that is so very deep and elemental it was a match literally made in heaven that many critics were taken by surprise, in fact i was surprised that Bjork didn't provide vocals on a song from Madonna's Ray Of Light album a few years later (another definitive classic album!).
Also the songs Hyperballad and Isobel from this album are highly regarded classics that makes Post a must listen alone!
an absolute mesmerising affair, 10/10
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2003
The song that first got me into Bjork, was the majestic "Hyper-ballad". It touched me so much, that I rushed out to buy `Post`. Thankfully, other songs on the album are equally brilliant, from distorted dance track "Army of Me", to the errant dreaming of "Isobel", and the cosmopolitan funkiness of "I miss you".
For me, Bjork still has many hidden surprises, and an unsurpassed vocal range. There really is something for everyone, and this is a must have for your collection.
on 4 October 2008
1. Army Of Me. 10/10
2. Hyperballad. 10/10
3. The Modern Things. 9/10
4. It's Oh So Quiet. 10/10
5. Enjoy. 8/10
6. You've Been Flirting Again. 10/10
7. Isobel. 10/10
8. Possibly Maybe. 10/10
9. I Miss You. 10/10
10. Cover Me. 7/10
11. Headphones. 10/10
OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
Bjork is an Icelandic genius. From the industrial-tinged "Army of Me" to the big-band noise of "It's Oh So Quiet" to the spookily catchy "Possibly Maybe". Bjork sure knows how to construct an album. The only downpoint is "Cover Me", the scary song of the album!
on 5 January 2008
I am extremely impressed with this album, and Bjork fully deserved much success with it. The tracks 'army of me,' 'isobel', 'possibly maybe' and 'hyperballad' are real treasures. My favourite song on the album definately has to be hyperballad, it is a beautiful sound!
I even like the much maligned 'Oh its so quiet'. I think a lot of the negativity towards this song comes about because Bjork herself isnt keen on it, and because many other people in the general public dont!
on 29 July 2011
Debut with a dance beats and quaint and quirky lyrics (save for play dead which was incredible) consolidated bjork as an artist for those with an open mind and a keen ear so for Post the only difference is is that its harsher the dance beats are more industrial and techno incorporating elements of house whilst mixing it all together to create an elegant and sonic masterpiece that is one of the best of the 90's.