64. Björk – “Post”

Misheard lyrics are a treat of the shared music experience.  There can be great joy in mocking someone for their belief that it goes “excuse me while I kiss this guy”.

bjork-post-album-cover-bjorkMy better half (original procurer of this album), thought Björk sang “Cross my hat and hope to die” on the stand-out track It’s Oh So Quiet. Alas, it was not headgear but a vital organ she was swearing upon.

Mishearing a lyric from such an unusual voice is, of course, forgivable.  Not liking this album isn’t.

This is my favourite from Björk’s catalogue. This is a more upbeat, theatrical effort than her previous outing.  She is uses her voice even more effectively as an instrument, and the lyrics are truly poetic.  There is a strong sense of fun and the music is more inventive. 

At the heart if all this is the aforementioned …Quiet, an out and out classic.  It is playful interpretation of showtune tradition.  And it is supported by one of the most appropriate video clips of all-time, which I would love to share with you here, but the geniuses at Warner obviously think that would harm Björk’s record sales! For those with Quicktime click here.

File under:  Oh So N-Iceland

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3 responses to “64. Björk – “Post”

  1. With such a strong debut (pardon the pun but i couldn’t bjork it) this album was either going to crash and burn, or use debut as a lunching pad for a new musical journey. Thankfully it is the later that occurred. Whereas Debut is full of earthy organic songs, this is a little more digital in its approach with hard beats and driving melodies.

    Stand outs such as the menacing Army of Me, the trippy Hyper-Ballad, and the achingly beautiful Isobel cement this album as the best of her career.

    The track “headphones” is actually a clue as to how this album is best enjoyed.

    Oh, and the sublime “It’s Oh So Quite” is a wonderful cover of a Betty Hutton song called “blow a fuse”. Listen to it here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ycBYy5GO2M

  2. This is Catherine logged in as Andre here. So speaking of misheard lyrics… I may have not listened closely enough to Bjork, but Andre has been mis-hearing me all these years. I actually thought the line was “crush my hat and hope to die”. And I still like that line better so I continue to sing it that way.

  3. Upon reflection – i concur and from this point on shall sing the line with you in unity. Can’t be too long before the Icelandic one herself sings it that way.

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