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Bjork; Bjork; Elektra

Bjork's first solo album, a joint venture with Nellee Hooper of Soul II Soul, is a mix of alternative and disco music that one might expect to hear at an underground Copacabana. Her unique voice, formerly of Sugarcubes fame, is carried by repetitive dance beats and synthesized music. It might be more accurate to say that the songs are carried by her exotic singing, the only truly interesting aspect of the CD. A fine instrument that she plays with great skill, her voice varies from sounding earthy and bewitching to mellifluous and enchanting.

The first released single, "Human Behavior," which is also the best out of the eleven songs, is slinky with a jungle-like rhythm. Most of the songs, however, are products of the same heavy bass, funky keyboards, and Bjork's crooning. Mellow vibes accent "Venus as a Boy," while "Aeroplane" experiments with jazz. "Like Someone in Love" and "The Anchor Song," on the other hand, are like a mass of Velveeta on top of an already bland dish. Bjork fails to carry off these slow, nauseating, Perry Como-esque ditties, one of which makes a most anti-climactic ending to a boring plot. Hopefully, Bjork won't waste her vocal talent on such talentless music.


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