Not just her most accessible album, but also (in my humble opinion) her best. A stellar album.
Try and get the version which has the song Play Dead on it. That's a brilliant track. In fact, there's not a bad track on that album.
Technically her first solo album called Bjork was released when she was about 12 years old. Don't bother with that one.
album. Buy both if you're able. You won't be disappointed.
Hunter, Joga, Bachelorette... fantastic.
I`ll tell you that.
blew my 17 year old mind to pieces
Absolutely incredible album. As yuggy said, mind blowing stuff.
but I say Post or Homogenic. The thing with Bjork is that each album brings new sounds to the party.
You could just try Greatest Hits as a starting point though.
One of the most gorgeous, perfect, brilliant albums of the last 20 years.
and are just incredible while debut and post are very good, but her latest album is dreadful
but post might be good for a 'getting into her' route. debut is next but as stated above is quite dated. medulla is good in a different way. leave the most recent two.
Covers most of the bases from her properly good period.
just look at this bloody tracklist...
1 All Is Full of Love 4:46
2 Hyper-ballad 5:22
3 Human Behavior 3:33
4 Jóga 5:06
5 Bachelorette 5:16
6 Army of Me 3:54
7 Pagan Poetry 5:15
8 Big Time Sensuality (The Fluke Minimix) 4:56
9 Venus As A Boy 4:43
10 Hunter 4:15
11 Hidden Place 5:29
12 Isobel 5:47
13 Possibly Maybe 5:07
14 Play Dead (feat. David Arnold) 3:56
15 It's in Our Hands 4:15
Nearly all of those tracks are un-fucking-believably good.
Vespertine > Homogenic > Post > Medulla > Debut > Biophilia > Volta
Always dramatic, always gorgeous, always interesting.
Even an average Bjork album is streets ahead of what her contemporaries are doing.
Post > Homogenic > Debut > Vespertine >>> Medulla >>>>>>>>>>> the other two
but I'm not sure it's the most accessible starting point for her. Guess it depends on what you like though...
and stop at any time. I just can't deal with her anymore. I've tried but she won't listen. And it was before that swan scene.
Biophilia is really rad.
plenty to keep my hangover occupied here
I think the theorising rather outweighed the music.
'dreadful' is definitely harsh though.
listened to it earlier today and it still sounds incredible.
but I think otherwise your rankings are spot-on. Except maybe Medulla = Debut, and a few more >>>>s before mentioning Volta (which I'd prefer to just leave off the list).
Homogenic is so good it may make some of her previous stuff sound flatter.
Expect to like isolated tracks at first. Then more will work it's way into your head. She doesn't like standing still or using a formula, so her work feels patchy at first. The key is her lyrics though. When they start to get inside your head, it starts to unlock all her songs.
Then Vespertine. Both are solid 9/10 efforts.
Do I tread on toes if I say that the Greatest Hits version of 'All is Full of Love' is steets ahead of the album version? 'Cause I really think that.
To me, the album version isn't the "real" one.
Vespertine > Homogenic > Medulla > Post > Biophilia > Debut > Volta
post - more good stuff, less dodgy 90s stuff
homogenic - perfect
vespertine - lush production, some amazing songs, bit long/samey overall
medulla - not to everyone's taste but one of my favourites, quite weird/wacky
volta - dull, stupid
biophilia - very low key and quite weird, but amazing
i say start at homogenic and work forward
fucking hell that song, ruined me
having been a huge Post/Homogenic fan for years. Holy shit this is stunning.
because i was sure that was on the greatest hits album (i think i had a version called 'all is full of nothing' but can't find that anywhere) but i just looked it up on spotify and they only have the ‘howie’s version’ one which is the same as on homogenic
the video version is so much better
after some incredible records she's definitely released some duff ones
I own pretty much everything Bjork's ever done, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone!
I'd rate Post as best, then Debut and Vespertine neck and neck for different reasons, then Homogenic. Volta was all about the remixes IMO, so maybe spend your money on Voltaic instead. Medulla's alright - it gets better the more familiar you get with it. I'm more likely to listen to some Sugarcubes though.
Oh, and don't forget to buy Gling Glo at some point - that's on a different scale to all her other albums, but is utterly brilliant.
wasn't it? Can only begin to imagine what horror's are on that, Matthew Barney's films are utterly nuts.
So glad I did, it's still incredible. Still say Homogenic pips it though so....
Homogenic > Vespertine > Post > Debut > Biophilia > Medulla > Volta
Top 4 are awfully close though.
Once you know what your stand outs are, investigate the albums they come from. Bjork's albums seems to be built as all encompassing experiences and all have commonalities that flow through the running order so it's pretty straight forward navigating her full discography once you know your favourite tracks.
My two pence:
But all of them have a place and all of them are equally brilliant in one way or another.
Also check out Selma Songs - it's a soundtrack so makes more sense in that context but it's got some lovely tracks on it. Drawing Restraint is worth exploring if you're looking for a total mindfuck.
I also really like the version of Army of Me she did with Skunk Anansie on Top of The Pops, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.
Anyway,have fun exploring. Bjork is a lovely place to visit.
Gutted she didn't play it when I saw her in Manchester.
The Skunk Anansie version of Army of Me was one of the b-sides to the cd single. I heard rumours at the time of rare promo 12"s doing the rounds with Skin on vocals, but I've never heard that.
Which is also worth a look if you can find it pretty cheap (which I think it is these days) - plenty of b-sides, rarities and all sorts in there. all on 3" cds though, which is fairly annoying, aside from a Bjork selected greatest hits, which includes both Unravel and the video version of All Is Full Of Love, which as alluded to earlier on here, is awesome.
I've been listening to Bjork all day off the back of this thread, didn't realise she's released a lot of live stuff on DVD and I'm torn between getting...
Shepards Bush (Post era)
Royal Opera House (Vespertine)
Think I have a VHS of the Post performance somewhere...from what I remember, it's really good too, it just can't touch the ROH performance.
As is her MTV Unplugged performance: