45. Björk – Debut

Bjork - Debut

45. Björk – Debut (1993)

1. Human Behaviour
2. Crying
3. Venus as a Boy
4. There’s More to Life Than This
5. Like Someone in Love
6. Big Time Sensuality
7. One Day
8. Aeroplane
9. Come to Me
10. Violently Happy
11. The Anchor Song

Who is/are Björk?

Wikipedia says; “Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known as Björk, is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, producer, DJ, and actress”.

Sounds busy…

Why did you buy this album?

I’ve always liked Björk’s earlier albums but have never owned any, having heard them through borrowed copies, radio airplay, and, more recently, streaming services, with the exception of the track ‘Hunter‘ (from third album ‘Homogenic‘) that appeared on ‘The X-Files: The Album‘ in 1998. Around this time, given the option, I’d pass over buying her albums in favour of artists I was more familiar with.

Skip forward to 2015ish, and the Eccles Farmers’ Market (held once a month in the middle of Eccles). As part of this market, the local Rotary Club run a second-hand book stall, with free books for kids, and a selection of CDs for 50p each. Most of these CDs were the usual charity shop selection, magazine freebies and classical compilations for the most part, but occasionally a gem turned up. On one particular visit, the Rotary Club managed to get £1.50 out of me for Florence + The Machine’s ‘Lungs‘, and Björk’s ‘Post‘ and ‘Debut‘…

What’s it like?

If I had to pick just one album to describe the sound of the 1990s, I’d choose, well, I’d choose Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer‘. If I had to choose more than one, this would be one of the others.

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

Kinda. Other than the singles, I don’t think this album has aged particularly well. I’d still listen to it, but more out of a sense of nostalgia than any particular desire to listen to 90s dance.

Any stand-out tracks?

Play Dead‘, ‘Venus As A Boy‘ and ‘Human Behaviour‘ immediately spring to mind. I quite enjoy ‘There’s More To Life Than This‘ too, but that’s more for the quirky recording, rather than the tune itself.

Rating out of 10?

6/10. Bonus point for ‘Play Dead‘.

Next up: Björk – Post


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