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Homogenic
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 September 2013
I must admit to only having acquired this magnificent album recently, prompted, incidentally, by watching the recent TV documentary on the making of her recent album, Biophilia. Having said this, I have always found Bjork's music, idiosyncratic vocal style and, indeed, persona, extremely fascinating (as well as admiring her powerful acting performance in Lars von Trier's film Dancer In The Dark). Having owned the earlier two albums Debut and Post since their release, I had never quite got into these songs (with the exception of a handful, such as Hyperballad, Venus As A Boy, You've Been Flirting Again, Come To Me, Isobel, etc) to the extent that I have with those on Homogenic.

I am also not generally a fan of electronic music per se (which is probably reflected in the fact that my least favourite song on the album is Pluto), but here, Bjork's fusion of this with the classical acoustic sounds from the Icelandic String Octet makes for an intoxicating, and frequently sweeping and grandiose, mix. Indeed, this combination of the modern and 'ancient' seems to reinforce the singer's intentions for the album that, sonically in particular, it is conceptually focused on her native Iceland. Lyrically, on the other hand, many of the songs are obviously very personal, and tell intimate tales either around the electronic beats of songs All Neon Like, 5 Years and Immature or on the more sedate, and predominantly acoustic feel, of achingly beautiful songs like All Is Full Of Love and (a personal favourite) Unravel. Otherwise, there are perhaps more esoteric and poetic forces at work on the superb sweeping melodrama of Joga and Bachelorette, whilst album opener Hunter's haunting melody also gives a brief flavour of the diminutive one's ironic humour (and mastery of the 'Brit vernacular') as she quips, 'Thought I could organise freedom, how Scandinavian of me, you sussed it out didn't you?'. Throughout, of course, Bjork's vocals exude intoxicating levels of intimacy and passion, whether this be during the near-whispered interludes or on the big, soaring choruses.

An album that showcases an extraordinary and original talent and one that will keep me paying closer attention to her career going forward.
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on 27 June 2014
Bjork has always had impeccable taste when it comes to those she chooses to collaborate with. Looking through her catalogue, it's like a who's who of the cream of underground electronic performers. Her singles are always worth getting as they're choc full of remixes by great producers, in fact the singles from each album when put together are of more interest to me than the albums themselves. Homogenic is her first album which breaks this trend, it is an immaculate piece of work. She has teamed up with Mark Bell from techno artists par excellence LFO and his presence is made clear in the leftfield electronic landscape. My favourite tracks are the few that have the Icelandic String Octet performing, the juxtaposition of organic strings with icy electronics results in sonic excellence and originality, particularly on 'Joga' and album highlight 'Bachelorette', acoustic and electric together resulting in brilliant work that is greater than the sum of its parts. Let's not forget that unique voice, the delivery is confident and I believe it to be her best vocal performance, the lyrics are expectedly bonkers enough to leave you puzzled for a good few listens, I'm still trying to fathom them out. Unfortunately I don't think she ever matched or bettered this album, without doubt her greatest work.
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on 9 September 2010
Homogenic was recorded and released at possibly Bjork's most controversially intense point of her career, as many have stated she was something of a media uproar throughout the years since her remarkable Debut and Post albums, but in regard Homogenic is surprisingly reflective of this period in the sense that it plays down that huge style schizophrenic productions of her previous masterpiece albums Debut and Post which appeared to range from Trip-Hop to House to R&B to Folk and Rock and all in between with her distictfully raw and unusual deliver of her crisp vocals. Homogenic delivers something of a minimalistic production and works all the better for it rather than trying to out-do and out achieve her previous recordings it matches itself by being(like the two albums) and absolutely distinct fully remarkable album that can stand on its own strength.

Homogenic forces Bjork down a musical path of exploration and discovery as well as a much more darker use of trip-hop at the genre's most brutally honest and thumpy, due to this alongside Bjork's previous albums Homogenic becomes one of the most absolutely exceptional albums from the 90's decade and remains as fresh and as exciting from when the album was released in 1997. An era that showed spiritual discoveries within the entertainment industry with movies from directors such as David Fincher,Wes Creven,Robert Zemeckis and Quentin Tarantino amongst others creating such revolutionary films during the 90's that shwoed the focus being on artistry and skill and focus of the future (Fight Club,Forest Gump,Toy Story,Pulp Fiction,Se7en,Reservoir Dogs and more to name!) and Bjork is one of those music artists that managed to achieve that with her pure minded musical journies and alongside Queen Of Pop Madonna(Erotica,Ray Of Light,Music and collaboration on Bedtime Stories),Nirvana,Moby(Play),Tori Amos,Kate Bush(The Red Shoes album) to name a few who really encaptured that direction of the decade and will ALWAYS be instantly recognised for their works and achievements throughout their recordings.

Homogenic is a pure staple and an almost filmlike journey of an album by one of the most artfully surrealist artists of my generation and was one of the artists who ensured that the 90's were and exceptional time to grow up in.

An album that demands more than one trip and listen, this is a journey worth re-taking again,and again. 10/10
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 21 November 2015
This is the kind of Bjork I love and revere most. Ethereal yet passionate, using electronic programming creatively rather than to supply a droning metronomic beat, building a world that's strange but oddly welcoming, with Bjork's customary sense of playfulness.
Homogenic is a set of songs to listen to in one go, allowing the music to envelop and caress you.
If Bjork didn't exist, it would have been essential to invent her - from the boilings of an Icelandic geyser, a field of deep white snow, and a vast starlit sky.

One of Bjork's best.
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on 17 July 2013
Bjork has released a lot of music over the years but Homogenic has always remained my firm favourite of all her albums.

The perfect blend between the unique, innovative musicality that her fans know and love yet commercial enough to be easily engaging for those previously unfamiliar with her work; her voice and lyrics are at their best in this truly beautiful piece of art.

Whether expanding your collection of Bjork's work or venturing into her musical creations for the first time, Homogenic is highly recommended.
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on 28 May 2015
I'm a Bjork virgin. Besides her fabulous songs in Dancer in the Dark and It's All So Quiet I haven't heard anything else from her. Homogenic is a strange album but very interesting. Some tracks are almost unlistenable on first listening (Pluto) whilsts others are spectacular (Joga). She's a truly unique artist and it's refreshing to hear some unconventional music for a change.
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on 8 March 2017
Björk's magnum opus in my opinion. Alarm Call is especially wonderful. Hunter and Bachelorette are other favourites of mine, as well as Joga (I especially liked the sampling of Iceland's sounds of nature used in the breakdown.) The sweeping strings combined with beats simplistic in sound yet complex in nature makes for an overall transcendental experience.
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on 27 October 2016
Emotional and raw. Honest. Original. Bjork is just outstanding.

Green pressing is a fantastic vibrant neon colour, with great audio quality.
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on 17 December 2017
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on 29 April 2018
Fantastic record! The vinyl sounds amazing. Captivating album!
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