Miss Björk has one of the few truly distinctive voices in the music world. Perhaps only Dylan, Plant and Snoop Dogg can so easily stand out in an aural crowd. And each of them is more imitable than this Icelandic siren will ever be.
This solo outing sees her letting go of some of the more extreme wackiness of her earlier band, and also sticking to singing in English (I think).
The album is fantastically well-produced, with a consistent, orchestral feel. Her vocals wrap around you and her pop sensibilities come to the fore.
Björk walks a fine line. If she didn’t have this unique vocal instrument, this could just be a fairly middle-of-the-road Dianna Krall-type jazzy effort. If she were to go over the top with the vocal trickery she’d be entering Enya land (and thus condemned to soundtracking yoga classes and nature documentaries for the rest of her natural life).
Neither traps are tripped here. Human Behaviour, Big Time Sensuality and Venus as a Boy stand as testament to Björk’s star status.
File under: Orca the entertainer
Note: this won’t appear on my “best debuts” list, as it isn’t one. She had a solo release as a kid it turns out…