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Bjork's second album was a step forward in terms of creativity and saw her pushing the musical boundaries even further. This album spurned a few hits and is a worthy sequel to 'Debut'
Who is she:
Icelandic singer and songwriter, born in 1965. She has won Brit awards for her music.
On this album:
'Army Of Me' is a bold and thunderous opener, with a storming bassline to it which is so deep and resonating it might just blow the eardrums away. It is sinister sounding and dark and Bjork tackles it with enthusiastic and exuberant vocals. One of the best songs is 'Hyperballad' which builds so gently, a lovely ballad to begin with as Bjork sings of being on her mountain edge, throwing things off and watching them smash. The song then allows a kick drum to creep in before launching into a full on dance number which would ignite any dancefloor. The build in the song is unexpected and amazing.
I always found 'Isobel' rather odd, with confusing lyrics and it seemed to be Bjork trying to be bizarre for the sheer sake of it, but it is a moody song which will engage. The obvious track on here is 'It's Oh So Quiet' and is ironic that a cover version should give this highly original singer her biggest ever chart single!
'Possibly Maybe' is rather dreary and seems to lack a killer hook.
A brassy followup to album number one, exploring new musical directions and teasing listeners with some intellectual lyrics and unique song structures. Buy it!
Bjork is one of music?s oddball characters who never fails to fascinate. Whether she?s abusing reporters or dressing as a feathered creature when attending an award ceremony, the Icelandic songstress has been responsible for some of the most eclectic and beautiful albums that were produced in the late 20th Century. ?Post? was Bjork?s second solo album, following her ingeniously titled debut called, er, ?Debut?. ?Debut? showcased her diverse musical influences from dance to folk, and enabled her to build up a large fanbase internationally. 'Post?, released in 1995, moved her on to another level artistically. The sleeve design to ?Post? was more abstract than the cold, but endearing image of a weeping Bjork that appeared on ?Debut?. Instead, this album oozed a post-modern glow, and an altogether more confident individual. This confidence was also reflected in the album?s opener, ?Army Of Me?. This techno track was her first top 10 hit in this country, despite it being one of the least commercial tracks off the album. The video featured Bjork blowing up a museum, and also a giant hedgehog as her dentist. Very obscure, but very Bjorkish. This is followed by the beautiful ?Hyper-ballad?, which describes a whimsical fantasy that Bjork has. Many Bjork tracks throughout her career have focused on the beautiful scenery of Iceland, and the bohemian lifestyle of its people, and this is no exception, conjuring up fabulous images of the mountain she describes. Despite lyrics about imaging throwing yourself off a cliff, I think this is one of the album?s stand-out tracks, and still sounds endearing several years later. The third track sees Bjork embark on another trip down fantasy lane, with ?The Modern Things?. Here, she supposes that things don?t get invented by humans, but that they lay in wait for the right moment to emerge. Oh well, it?s a concept I suppose. Despite this, it makes for a lovely minimalist song th
at takes us down another avenue in Bjork?s unique mind. ?Sshhhhhhhh!?. Everyone knows ?It?s Oh So Quiet?, a cover of a 1940?s big band song called ?Blow A Fuse? that really broke Bjork into the mainstream. This song fits Bjork?s larger than life split personality down to a tee with the quiet reflective murmurings about the quiet life away from love interspersed with a loud triumphant celebration of all things amorous - ?this guy is gorge, and I got hit!? she sings in an uptempo moment. Even more famous is the Spike Jonze directed video, which sees a Bjork act in a mini-musical complete with an umbrella dance and a moving human post-box. Oh yes, and Bjork kicks tyres and climbs up the walls. Shot in brilliantly bright colours, she embarks skywards whilst singing the finale above the cast of actors before delivering a final ?sshhhhhh!? to the camera. I think that this will be remembered as the absolute peak of her career commercially, if not artistically. A dramatic change of tempo next with ?Enjoy?. A return to the sound of ?Army Of Me?, this track was co-written with her then boyfriend Tricky. Very intense, you wonder if the lyrics about temptation were directly about their relationship, which finished almost as soon as it began. Bjork?s vulnerable side is shown with ?You?ve Been Flirting Again?, an old fashioned song with just her vocal and a few sparse strings, reminiscent of some of the tracks of ?Debut?. You can detect the emotion of her voice as she sings the song, and wonder, like ?Enjoy?, how much of the song is autobiographical. ?Isobel? is a change of pace to the more uplifting. A beautiful sultry song, Bjork takes the listener on another ethereal voyage that it?s difficult to do justice to in words. This one was released as a single, although it missed the Top 20. Too bad, as this was one of Bjork?s finest releases and I think that it may have passed a lot of people by. ?Possibly Maybe? is the eighth song on the
album. This takes us through the stages of fancying someone, getting together, splitting up and reflecting on it in the space of 7 verses. A cleverly constructed song, it again focuses on Bjork?s vocal with some very minimal and gentle instrumentation. This was another track to be released as a single, and like ?Isobel?, failed to make much of an impact on the chart. Bjork?s playful side comes out in ?I Miss You?, which talks of unrequited love; ?I miss you, but I haven?t met you yet?, she sings. With some frantically ascending percussion it is full of energy, and this fact is reflected in its bizarre, but enthralling, Ren and Stimpy video. Unlike many of the other songs on the album where Bjork seems subdued, she lets it all out on this. Watch out in particular for the scream towards the end of the song? The final two tracks on the album practically blend into each other. Firstly is ?Cover Me?, a haunting song about going into the unknown. Once again showing her vulnerable side, the song emphasises Bjork?s originality and differentness compared to other artists. The closing track is ?Headphones?, which brings ?Post? to an underwhelming end. Written with Tricky, it is an abstract song that is very difficult to describe. Very mellow, it seems to have no structure what so ever, and seems to have been freestyled by her in the studio. However, it seems fitting that the climax should be so dreamy, as this sums up the tone of the album. ?Post? is a classic album that hasn?t dated in the slightest, despite being 7 years old. Whilst Bjork may not be to the taste of everyone, it is more commercial than subsequent efforts ?Homogenic? and ?Vespertine? and is a good place to start for anyone wanting to get into Bjork. As far as comparisons go, I?d say that the album was as good as ?Debut?, although I?d have to choose ?Homogenic? as my favourite Bjork album. Even so, I think that 'Post' is worth the investment of a
few pounds, as it really is a modern gem. The videos of ?Army Of Me?, ?I Miss You?, ?It?s Oh So Quiet?, ?Isobel?, ?Possibly Maybe? and ?Hyperballad? can be found on the VHS and DVD versions of ?Volumen?, which also features the videos of singles from ?Debut? and ?Homogenic?. You can find out more information about Bjork on her official website, www.bjork.com.
I was pretty shocked when i came on this part of the dooyoo website to find a handful of reviews at 3/5 or lower! Bjork is an extrodinary talent, and this album in paticualr shows off her musical diversity, her outstanding vocal ability and her lyrical prowess. From the deliciously subtle vocals on the brilliant 'Possibly Maybe' to the all out squeal of the tremendous 'I Miss You', Bjork has proven herself as one of the worlds greatest, most diverse and still damn sexy female musicians out there! The album opens on the techno stomp of 'Army Of Me' which always powers it's way into you, the album then goes into many different directions, but always remains typically Bjork. One of many highlights of this album comes in the last song 'Headphones' which was co- produced by British dance guru Tricky, which sees a very delicate, fragile vocal from Bjork, set against a beautiful organ and a very chilled beat. Though made in 1995, every song on this album remains timeless, beautiful and always inspiring. Top stuff.
...as Bjork is usually called in the press; that, or the "Icelandic pixie". Racialist, but excellent nonetheless. One of the wildest vocalists in pop, Bjork Gudmundsdottir (for that is her full name, apparently) has spent most of her life creating experimental music that defies any classification I can imagine. Those who know her only by her solo career - most of us - may be surprised to learn that she released albums with three separate bands prior to going her own way around 1993, and in fact this eccentric and original talent has had some measure of fame since she was sixteen. Post (originally called "Post Office" on dooyoo, but changed back to Post when they noticed my comment :)) is in my opinion Bjork's best album. Featuring several chart hits as well as a compliment of album fillers, it is her most accessible album by far. Combining accessibility with originality is a difficult task but Bjork has achieved it with this album. Those new to Bjork - myself included until quite recently - will find her style unusual at first, and quite often also a little irritating. Perhaps "irritating" is a little harsh... confusing would be a better description. She has an amazing voice but uses it like no other singer I have heard, and this takes a while to become familiar with. Perhaps the closesy comparison would be an Icelandic Kate Bush, surreal as that sounds. ;) Post opens with Army Of Me, quite a well-known song and probably the most aggressive track on the album. Engineered by Graham Massey of 808 State, from the word go it's straight into the synthesised beat which runs throughout the track, pounding away at you. Lyrically this a weak song by Bjork's standards, expressing her frustration with herself for supporting others. It's good, but been done before. Hyper-ballad follows straight on, leading us into a far more relaxed section of the CD. Features a few nice moments, but on
the whole it's an average track. It's Oh So Quiet, by comparison, might well be her most widely-known song, and would be a worthy candidate for this accolade. Sweeping up from a slow start into the heady pace of Bjork "falling in love", it's an example of Bjork at her most accessible, addressing a simple subject with none-too-subtle irony. Moments like these, when you really hear the words for the first time, are what make Bjork. The next track of note is another well-known single, Possibly Maybe. As with most of the tracks released into the single charts, it is quite a straight-forward "pop" effort by her standard. That said, it combines elements of pop, rock and at times, trance, to form an entrancing song. Somehow you find yourself drawn into it, into Bjork's world which you suspect is somewhere quite far from our's. The major drawback with the album, for both newbies and fans, is the inconsistency of the album as a whole. While the afore-mentioned songs are on the whole excellent, those I haven't mentioned were omitted for a good reason: they're not really worthy of note. At best mediocre, these album fillers seem tired and uninspired in comparison to what we know she can do. This really detracts from an otherwise superb album. To respond to the comment suggesting I elaborate on these weaker tracks, I would find it very difficult to do so. They are indescripable, non-entity pieces that just pass you by. Those looking to get into Bjork would find this by far the best album to start with. The four or five best tracks are very accessible, although the remainder of the album is poor and you should keep this in mind. Worth the purchase nonetheless, purely for the moments of brilliance she is capable of.
More experimental than 'Debut', 'Post' sees Bjork expand her musical dimensions as well as her collaborators - this time round she brings on board Graham Massey, Tricky, Marius du Vries, Howie B and Nellee Hooper. 'Post' is a darker album than its predecessor, yet still continues to act as a showcase for the spectrum of music that Bjork can create. From the confrontational start of 'Army of Me' to the comic joy of 'It's Oh So Quiet', whilst by passing string arrangements ('Isobel'), dance ('I Miss You') and minimalist sounds ('Headphones'), the album is daring and brilliant. Those who loved 'Debut' may like this less-so, but 'Post' is of superior quality, and shows an artist who is not afraid to experiment with her music.
After her 'Debut' (ha ha!) album, Bjork (who the press like to refer to most commonly as the Icelandic pop pixie) went on to record it's follow-up album; 'Post' (with a pretty cover and inlay card). It's her only album I have (I recently got it as a pressie from somone really cool! =)), but on the strength of single comparisons between albums, this is probably her best album, or in tie with 'Homegenic', I'm not sure. I've only heard bits of 'Debut', and apart from the singles, I find that a bit too dancey. I love this album because of the grooviness and the bassiness of it. It's almost Industral pop, kind of. You might remember Bjork also from The Sugarcubes as she fronted that band for a while, she even had a solo career back in Iceland, so 'Debut' wasn't really her debut. Anyhow, after 'Debut', Bjork was the name on many people's lips as the new weird pop princess to look out for, and she didn't dissapoint, she just keeps getting better! Most of this album is produced by reknowned pop producer Nellee Hooper, so you can bet on your life there's hooks and melody emphasis galore. Apart from Nellee, there's also a cast of a few other rather well known stars, or then stars-to-be. Also take note of Howie B's groovy contributions. Tricky for example co-wrote 'Enjoy' which sounds about as moody and cool as his own stuff, while closing track 'Headphones' sounds sparse and ambient - and a little bit yawny for me. Elsewhere, Talvin Singh (the winner of the Mercury Music Prize '99) throws in some percussion skills on 'I Miss You'. Apart from the groovy Industrial pop of opener 'Army Of Me', my all time favourite song on this (and by Bjork overall) has to be 'Hyper-Ballad', it's just magical sounding and lush, it really hypnotises me, and so do the vivid lyrics. It has quite a child-like charm to it (as do most of her l
yrical performances). Following on from this is 'The Modern Things', which is like a tale about how the future's inbedded in the past, and after this there's 'It's Oh So Quiet'. Need I even explain that song? It's probably her most well-known to date apart from 'Human Behaviour' on 'Debut'. It's just a sassy love song, but very exciting and grand at that. Bjork melds art and conventional pop very well, not many artists can do that. 'You've Been Flirting Again' is interesting too, but mainly lyrically. To me it's about, forgiving your girlfriend for flirting, if she has been that is. 'Isobel' is another eery grand sounding classic, complete with clever lyrics again, and cool strings. I also love 'Possibly Maybe' (a nod? to Oasis?), for it's sleekiness, and again it's lyrics. 'Cover Me' is a bit short and filler, but again,it has interesting words. Overall, Bjork's vocal and lyrical performance is consistently good, but as an album it's slightly a bit mismatched. There's some brilliant songs, and some pretty good songs, but this splits pretty evenly. Even though I listen to the album a lot and enjoy it greatly, I find I listen to half of the tracks the most and skip past some, so even though I love it, it has to fall back to a 3/5 average, but if I could, I'd give it 3.5. A great record by Bjork lyrically, vocally and musically, but only half the songs really cut it oustandingly. Still a thoroughly recommended album though from the Bjork catalogue. P.S.: I don't know if it's just me, but when Radiohead were working on 'OK Computer', I remember reading in article somewhere and Thom Yorke namechecked this album, and lyrically, there's kind of resemblances, even in the way their laid out in the inlay card. e.g. Radiohead's 'Airbag', a line "An airbag saved my life...", while Bjork's 'Headphones'
(written 2yrs earlier) has a line that goes "My headphones, they saved my life", maybe that's just a co-incidence, but then Thom did also record a song with Bjork recently...weird. I just thought I'd point that out, even though there's no meaning to in here.
This album is full of some absolute stunners. Army Of Me, Hyperballad, Missing You, to name but a few. This I think is probably the best introduction to Bjork that you can find - a little more raw than Homogenic, but more polished than Debut, it is on this album that Bjork's voice fuses best with the instruments to create a fine array of music. Never afraid to innovate, Bjork's continuing commitment to high quality songsmanship is particularly evident on Post, and as such, the album comes well recommended.
I really hate this woman. She cannot sing at all and she is very weird. I don't know how she did this well in the first place because no one likes her song and no one likes her. She has weird friends as well. I saw once that she is friends with a foriegn guy who paints pictures using shit!! He eats different foods to get different colours and different textures. I don't think that she belongs in our pop world. she has no tallent and she should go back to wherever she came from because we don't want her nor her music over here. It makes me feel sick when she plays her music and when I see her I am sick. I am glad that I haven't heard that Much of her lately. I hope that it stays this way for a long time. I would like to recommend her to go away and everyone else o leave her cd's alone. They belong that way.
This CD sat on my shelf for about a year (ouch) while I listened to other things. My mistake. Bjork teams up with slew of producers and musicians, and manages to get a collection that's eclectic and yet all fits together. Her thicker-than-thick accent is still in place, so you may have to listen harder than you'd care to (thankfully, there's a lyric sheet). I always liked "Army of Me", but that track isn't the highlight here by a long way. "Hyper-Ballad" is superb (and intriguing), and it's fun to hear Bjork have fun (as she obviously is) on "It's Oh So Quiet". I loved the lyrics to "Possibly Maybe" - the music was just a bit off for me, though. I also enjoyed "I Miss You" and "Isobel". The closing track ("Headphones") was the only one to not make much impression on me. Maybe too weird for committed pop-philes, perhaps too pop for the truly out-there, but the rest of us can enjoy this. I plan on making up for the last twelve months...
Now normally this kind of thing isnt exactly my beverage of choice, but im open to all influence. And its nice. Its beautiful, its romantic, its epic, its different and best of all , and overall, good. Obviously it isnt perfect, nothing genrally is, and the album is held together by bjorks defining and individual voice. But thats probably the point, at times ranting, and at times shouting and whispering (not at the same time) give it all a unique feel. I dont think any 'type' of music can really be given or defined from the album except for 'alternative', which is rubbish really because it could be anything. You might not like it because of its alternate stance on music culture, however, something new and different isn't going to be liked by everyone. A bit like bread on sticks. Not familiar?? - my point exactly. The lyrics seem as refreshing as her voice, and thought out in am almost quirky, humouress, but also personal and thought provoking way. Although some is just pure fun. There is no point naming names, and to be honest i don't really know the names of all the tracks, a few you will sure to know. But i feel like the whole thing almost moves along in such a manner to be viewed almost as a whole, or a random collection of feelings, telling a story, but thats just me - i like fish you know.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Army of Me
3 Modern Things
4 It's Oh So Quiet
6 You've Been Flirting Again
8 Possibly Maybe
9 I Miss You
10 Cover Me