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This review is from: Homogenic (Audio CD)
Seemingly taking inspiration from Aphex Twin's Richard D. James Album released a year before, Homogenic sees Björk completely shed the quaint image she gained through her debut and embrace the unknown, the spacey and the just plain weird. I've already mentioned my love for the amateurish side of Björk, but the glitchy oddness of this album has a metallic sheen to it that very few records have managed, even ten years after its original release. Beats stutter cautiously alongside menacing strings; the production on this album flawlessly allowing the natural weirdness of Björk to roam free. 'Pluto' is way more aggressive than anything she's ever released, and it's made all the more incredible as it's followed by the beautiful 'All Is Full of Love'; the video of which sees demented genius Chris Cunningham show a much more sensitive side to his film-making, with two robots gettin' down to a bit of hanky panky. There's a handful of jaw-dropping moments on this album, but they're too few and far between for me to call this one of the classics of the '90s. Nonetheless, those scattered moments see one of the most distinctive singers in recent history at her natural best. You can't ask for more than that.