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This helped me get over the dissapointment that was Selmasongs (too short, missing a song or two from Dancer In The Dark), and instantly became my fave Bjork album, if anything because so many of the songs are so very memorable. Standout tracks include: Gling-Glo, Tondeleyo, Luktar-Gvendur and Bella Simamaer - this is a must get for Bjork fans (there's trad, slow and a few other styles of Jazz here, so I believe "diverse" describes this album quite well).
Last note: most of the songs are Icelandic I believe, and the final two are English (and there could be other languages here too, I've no idea to be honest :). Believe me when I say - this DEFINITELY won't bother you in the slightest, even if you can't speak the languages. Doesn't bother me at all - can I say exotic (yes, she is :)?
Well, it's a first for me and the shameful thing is that,
until I found it here, I had no knowledge of it's existence.
Messrs Ingolfsson (piano), Steingrimsson (drums) and Hognason (bass)
accompany our heroine in a quirky collection of 16 well chosen songs.
Recorded in 1990 the album is a truly surreal experience.
Everything we have come to know and love about Bjork's
extraordinary vocal and interpretive abilities is captured
here in barmy idiosyncratic splendour.
Golly where to start ?!
How about the benignly bonkers 'You Can't Get A Man With A Gun'
from Rogers and Hammerstein's musical 'Annie Get Your Gun' (!!).
Or the totally bizarre Italianate cadences of 'Bella Simamaer'.
The latin rhythms of 'Kata Rokkar' provide the background
to a stunningly raw and raucous vocal performance.
Title track 'Gling Glo' is a magical music box brimful of wonders.
The general mood is playful. It really does sound like everyone
involved in the project is having good time.
On the glimmering edge of a phenomenally successful
solo career Bjork's star shines just as brightly here
as almost everything else which was to follow.
As described by other reviewers this is essentially a jazz album with Björk as the singer. The jazz players are good, and I would be delighted to be at a live performance by them, but for me the playing does not have the extra something to make it exciting. The vocals are distinctively Björk, but not so much as her solo albums. Then there is the language issue - only two songs are in English, so unless you understand (what I assume is) Icelandic, the words are going to elude you.
The impression is that the participants enjoyed making the album, and it does make pleasant listening.
Overall I would be hesitant to recommend this album to anyone except someone like myself that already has most of Björk's solo recordings - buy those first.
Most of the album is sung in Icelandic with only the last 2 in English. However, there are several familiar tunes along the way . I heard "Sway" (track 13), "Oh Mein Papa" (track 4) and a very familiar tune on track 9 which I can't place. The title track is by far the best and one of Bjork's best ever recordings in my opinion. The 2nd is also beautiful (and possibly a well known song too). There are a few wildly over the top vocal performances which are difficult to listen to (including Ruby Baby), a few deliberately comic numbers but the rest are all lovely. If you love Bjork's dance music and more recent output then you probably won't like this but if you think her version of "it's all so quiet" is the best thing she's done this this is more likely to appeal. To sum up - possibly the only Bjork album your Dad could listen to - unless he's a very trendy Dad!
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My son requested this CD for his birthday and is very happy with it as it is different from his usual choice !Published on 22 Mar. 2013 by Veronique
I like this album.A superb,lasting piece of work.Highly recommend it and for any age group, you'll be dead chuffed with it!!Published on 8 Aug. 2012 by Victor
Ive been a big bjork fan for many years and i came accross this album by chance in a local store and figured id give it a try. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2007 by no name
I love Bjork. I love jazz. This should work,but it doesn't. Terrible.Published on 25 Jun. 2006 by Mr. John Middleton
On first play of this album, I was thinking, 'oh no... its jazz', and from my previously held experience of being just a casual appreciator of jazz it was a fragile uncertainty... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2006 by Pete