[99] Bjork – Homogenic

27 Feb

Bjork is another of those artists I passed by without ever interacting due to my boycott of radio throughout most of the 90s.



I was aware of her – how could you not notice when you did encounter that sound, that voice? – and liked what I heard well enough.  I was also aware of how seemingly respected she was when it would have been easier for everyone to write her off as a punchline.

But my familiarity with her was superficial, and I was very curious to hear what I had been missing.

My first impression is of that David Bowie era that you don’t love a much as his classic personas, but which is none the less fascinating.  That and of course the uniquely affected voice.

But much like some of those Bowie albums, I want to enjoy this much more than I do.  I can hear the craft and ingenuity, and do not deny the talent.  But . . . you know there’s a “but” coming.

Impressive as it all is, I’m not certain that I’m enjoying it – uncertain enough to leave it playing, almost uninterrupted for a week.

(“Almost uninterrupted” thanks to this little earworm that Spurs – or more specifically a “band” called Ledley and the Kings – have released ahead of the March 1 League Cup Final appearance.)

Amidst the odd scales and found sounds, I can recognize the industrial aesthetic which I remember well from the rock clubs of the era, and if it is not my favorite sub-genre, it is neither alien or offensive to me.

And it is never boring.

It’s not Rock, as Moon classifies it.  But it’s also not Pop or Electronica or Hip Hop, nor any of the other arbitrary genres he describes.

This uniqueness all on its own, perhaps, entitles it to be heard in an exercise such as this?

And after a week of familiarizing myself with Homogenic, after becoming comfortable wallowing in the dark melancholic compositions, I am prepared to recommend these 10 tracks as something to seek out and explore.

Bjork is never going to be a favorite of mine – in retrospect, I believe there is an element of fun missing which will always slightly alienate me – but the fact that something so different, challenging, experimental could achieve mainstream exposure and even popularity is no small accomplishment and should be celebrated.

Next Week:  Black Flag – Damaged

Owned before blogging? No. (9 of 99 = 9%)
Heard before blogging? No. (15 of 99 = 15%)
Recommend? Yes. (81 of 99 = 82%)


One Response to “[99] Bjork – Homogenic”


  1. [100] Black Flag – Damaged | . . . To Hear Before I Blog - March 6, 2015

    […] love that Black Flag is on the list, and that they follow Bizet and Bjork . . […]

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