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Gling-Glo [VINYL] Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Vinyl (31 Jan. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: One Little Indian Us
  • ASIN: B000DZ95UI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,915,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Love it to pieces. This is 50+ mins / 16 tracks of live studio recordings with a Jazz trio - Bjork obviously providing the typically perfect vocals. This is all top notch Jazz from the very first second, and considering these were live recordings, the production and musicianship seems all the more outstanding.
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 :)?
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bjork sings Icelandic jazz.

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.

Enchanting.
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I read all the reviews and was hesitant to order this 'Björk' album.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
I must admit to being rather disappointed with this album. Not because it is bad but because it is so conventional. This is a typical (although rather good) jazz trio of bass, drums and piano (with an added melodica on track on 14) and Bjork's extraordinary vocals being the only thing to distinguish this from 1000s of other albums.

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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A really good jazz album, by anyone's standards. The fact that Bjork sings in Icelandic for most of the album is almost secondary... But not quite. It's quirky and unpredictable. I especially love her version of Kate the Rocker (also known by different names, of course).
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite albums, and is a must for anyone who likes music. It is Bjork at her best (I think), and is a really good jazz-style album as well. You can't help tapping your foot as you listen along, and I can listen to it anytime / anywhere. The fact that most tracks are sung in Icelandic doesn't matter, they still sound great.
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Whatever you think about the music on this disc the sound is exceptionally fine, especially if you play the vinyl on a good hi fi. The CD does not sound quite as good. Those of you listening to mp3 on iPod - don't bother !
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