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Old 03-20-2007, 06:22 PM   #16
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After the succes of the Tori Amos 'review' (which wasn't really a professional REVIEW, but just the notes I took when I heard the album), here's my review of Björk's new album Volta.

First of all: OMG how COOL is the new album?!?!?!11/1??!!?

To sort of get a taste of what I like and dislike in terms of Björk music: my favorite Björk album is Homogenic. I also really love Post and Vespertine. I was rather disappointed with Medúlla (especially when she didn't include the KICK-ASS original version of Where Is The Line with the beats+strings). When I heard Medúlla I thought Oceania was really cool but I thought the rest of the album was really 'difficult'.

Volta is more approachable, the Antony tracks work really well. I heard the album once and then I played Earth Intruders again because it's such a cool song. I should have played Declare Independence again because it kicked ass. but it's also very very noisy and I didn't want to annoy the other people in the office... smile.gif




Tracklisting right now:

VOLTA (48:52)
01. Earth Intruders (4:30)
02. Wanderlust (5:4Cool
03. Dull Flame (7:32)
04. Innocence (4:14)
05. I See Who You Are (4:22)
06. Vertabrae (5:0Cool
07. Pneumonia (5:14)
08. Hope (3:39)
09. Declare Independence (4:16)
10. My Juvenile (4:05)

- the version I heard was 48 minutes and 52 seconds
- I heard the mastered version of the album, but it's not the version that is going to be released; track order could still change, songs will fade into each other with sound effects (this is EXACTLY the info that is available at the record company)
- there is NO official album cover at the (dutch) record company as of yet
- LOTS and LOTS of brass and this bouzouki/harp/harpsichord-like instrument
- the Timbaland tracks KICK ASS
- NO STRINGS (NONE AT ALL)
- 2 tracks with Antony (from Antony & the Johnsons)

Here's the low-down:

01. Earth Intruders (4:30)
Obviously a Timbaland track. Think Nelly Furtado's Maneater - only COOLER and Björk-ified. REALLY cool song, excellent way to start the album, very upbeat. There are these brazilian-type beats and cool synths. Seriously, Maneater is your best point of reference.
Lyrics:
,,We are the earth intruders / We are the sharp shooters"

02. Wanderlust (5:48)
Another upbeat song. This has BRASS and the beats are more synthetic, less heavy. The song ends with a trumpet loop and Björk whispering, then goes into bleeps and what sounded like MORSE code.
Lyrics:
,,I have lost my origin and I want to find it again
Wanderlust, relentlessly craving"
,,Until we get to the core"

03. Dull Flame (7:32)
This song has a brass intro, Antony joins Björk on vocals. The combination works incredibly well. I only got to hear half of the song, then the stream (I wasn't listening to a CD but an internet stream) sort of cut out. Bummer. Lyrics:
,,I love your eyes, my dear / Their splendid sparkling fire"
,,Like lightning flashing in the sky/ but there's a charm that is greater still"

04. Innocence (4:14)
Definitely another Timbaland track. This and Earth Intruders is as close to hip hop as Björk is ever going to get smile.gif Lots of singing about 'fear' and being 'fearless'. Interesting drums, could be a beatbox, and synth. I couldn't hear any 'real' (acoustical) instruments.
Lyrics:
,,It is still here, but in different places"
,,Should I save myself for later, or generously give"

05. I See Who You Are (4:22)
Opens with kora , followed by cute bleepy noises. Laid back track, no beats, very pretty. The brass section comes in around 3-and-a-half minutes into the song. Could be about her daughter. Lyrics:
,,I see who you are, behind the skin and the muscles
I see who you are now, and when you get older later
I will see the same girl, the same soul, lioness, fireheart"

06. Vertabrae (5:06)
The stream for this song didn't work, so I couldn't hear it sad.gif Believe me, I tried a whole bunch of times.

07. Pneumonia (5:14)
Brass opening... Laid-back slow brass&vocal song. Lyrics:
,,You can trust in it, unless you breathe in"
,,I adore how you (aah) simply (aah) surrender to high"
,,And your lungs, they're mourning, teepee style
All the stillborn love that could have happened
all the moments you should have embraced"

08. Hope (3:39)
Beats + kora. Lots of repetetive lyrics. I think this song is really about the tsunami and mother nature and stuff. Lyrics:
,,Here's my version of it, eternal whirlwind"
,,Nature has fixed no limits on our hopes"

09. Declare Independence (4:16)
OMG how cool is this song. Very very electronic, lots of noise, distorted noise, just NOISE. Incredibly cool and gets louder and heavier by the minute. Turns into a real punk track that reminded me of PJ Harvey (not that I'm a big PJ Harvey fan). This song is SOOO going to kick ass live. Bjork is just yelling and everything. Return to form, return to form, y'all! tongue.gif Lyrics:
,,Declare imdependence / Don't let them do that to you"
,,Start your own currency / make your own stamp
Protect your language / raise your flag"

10. My Juvenile (4:05)
K so I was talking to someone at the record company during this track, so I was distracted. Nice song with Antony and it also has kora on it again.

Overall definitely a cool album which is more approachable than Medúlla. I wouldn't call it 'pop' but Earth Intruders is Björk's most commercial tracks in years (but STILL so unique sounding). I was really afraid of her collaboration with Timbaland but it worked out REALLY well. And the Antony contributions are also spot-on, I hope he'll joing her for some shows.

SOURCE : http://www.sprk.nl/

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Yeah, i saw that on atease. Terribly written review. But makes me unbelievably excited for the album nontheless.
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for you, bitches


After the succes of the Tori Amos 'review' (which wasn't really a professional REVIEW, but just the notes I took when I heard the album), here's my review of Björk's new album Volta.

First of all: OMG how COOL is the new album?!?!?!11/1??!!?

To sort of get a taste of what I like and dislike in terms of Björk music: my favorite Björk album is Homogenic. I also really love Post and Vespertine. I was rather disappointed with Medúlla (especially when she didn't include the KICK-ASS original version of Where Is The Line with the beats+strings). When I heard Medúlla I thought Oceania was really cool but I thought the rest of the album was really 'difficult'.

Volta is more approachable, the Antony tracks work really well. I heard the album once and then I played Earth Intruders again because it's such a cool song. I should have played Declare Independence again because it kicked ass. but it's also very very noisy and I didn't want to annoy the other people in the office... smile.gif




Tracklisting right now:

VOLTA (48:52)
01. Earth Intruders (4:30)
02. Wanderlust (5:4Cool
03. Dull Flame (7:32)
04. Innocence (4:14)
05. I See Who You Are (4:22)
06. Vertabrae (5:0Cool
07. Pneumonia (5:14)
08. Hope (3:39)
09. Declare Independence (4:16)
10. My Juvenile (4:05)

- the version I heard was 48 minutes and 52 seconds
- I heard the mastered version of the album, but it's not the version that is going to be released; track order could still change, songs will fade into each other with sound effects (this is EXACTLY the info that is available at the record company)
- there is NO official album cover at the (dutch) record company as of yet
- LOTS and LOTS of brass and this bouzouki/harp/harpsichord-like instrument
- the Timbaland tracks KICK ASS
- NO STRINGS (NONE AT ALL)
- 2 tracks with Antony (from Antony & the Johnsons)

Here's the low-down:

01. Earth Intruders (4:30)
Obviously a Timbaland track. Think Nelly Furtado's Maneater - only COOLER and Björk-ified. REALLY cool song, excellent way to start the album, very upbeat. There are these brazilian-type beats and cool synths. Seriously, Maneater is your best point of reference.
Lyrics:
,,We are the earth intruders / We are the sharp shooters"

02. Wanderlust (5:48)
Another upbeat song. This has BRASS and the beats are more synthetic, less heavy. The song ends with a trumpet loop and Björk whispering, then goes into bleeps and what sounded like MORSE code.
Lyrics:
,,I have lost my origin and I want to find it again
Wanderlust, relentlessly craving"
,,Until we get to the core"

03. Dull Flame (7:32)
This song has a brass intro, Antony joins Björk on vocals. The combination works incredibly well. I only got to hear half of the song, then the stream (I wasn't listening to a CD but an internet stream) sort of cut out. Bummer. Lyrics:
,,I love your eyes, my dear / Their splendid sparkling fire"
,,Like lightning flashing in the sky/ but there's a charm that is greater still"

04. Innocence (4:14)
Definitely another Timbaland track. This and Earth Intruders is as close to hip hop as Björk is ever going to get smile.gif Lots of singing about 'fear' and being 'fearless'. Interesting drums, could be a beatbox, and synth. I couldn't hear any 'real' (acoustical) instruments.
Lyrics:
,,It is still here, but in different places"
,,Should I save myself for later, or generously give"

05. I See Who You Are (4:22)
Opens with kora , followed by cute bleepy noises. Laid back track, no beats, very pretty. The brass section comes in around 3-and-a-half minutes into the song. Could be about her daughter. Lyrics:
,,I see who you are, behind the skin and the muscles
I see who you are now, and when you get older later
I will see the same girl, the same soul, lioness, fireheart"

06. Vertabrae (5:06)
The stream for this song didn't work, so I couldn't hear it sad.gif Believe me, I tried a whole bunch of times.

07. Pneumonia (5:14)
Brass opening... Laid-back slow brass&vocal song. Lyrics:
,,You can trust in it, unless you breathe in"
,,I adore how you (aah) simply (aah) surrender to high"
,,And your lungs, they're mourning, teepee style
All the stillborn love that could have happened
all the moments you should have embraced"

08. Hope (3:39)
Beats + kora. Lots of repetetive lyrics. I think this song is really about the tsunami and mother nature and stuff. Lyrics:
,,Here's my version of it, eternal whirlwind"
,,Nature has fixed no limits on our hopes"

09. Declare Independence (4:16)
OMG how cool is this song. Very very electronic, lots of noise, distorted noise, just NOISE. Incredibly cool and gets louder and heavier by the minute. Turns into a real punk track that reminded me of PJ Harvey (not that I'm a big PJ Harvey fan). This song is SOOO going to kick ass live. Bjork is just yelling and everything. Return to form, return to form, y'all! tongue.gif Lyrics:
,,Declare imdependence / Don't let them do that to you"
,,Start your own currency / make your own stamp
Protect your language / raise your flag"

10. My Juvenile (4:05)
K so I was talking to someone at the record company during this track, so I was distracted. Nice song with Antony and it also has kora on it again.

Overall definitely a cool album which is more approachable than Medúlla. I wouldn't call it 'pop' but Earth Intruders is Björk's most commercial tracks in years (but STILL so unique sounding). I was really afraid of her collaboration with Timbaland but it worked out REALLY well. And the Antony contributions are also spot-on, I hope he'll joing her for some shows.

SOURCE : http://www.sprk.nl/


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I do really like her, but can't actually sit through any of her albums in 1 go
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I can't wait to hear this album.


When I do I'll probably my pants.
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Yeah, that's why I agreed with the guy about the best-of.
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.....for those who cant listen to medulla all the way thru, the track to find is VOKURO, TRACK 4.... i love all her work but if it all went up in smoke tomorrow this is the track i would save.....and yes i want to have her babies (or something)

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Yeah, that's why I agreed with the guy about the best-of.
it is the only one of her albums i stll own
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I tried to get tickets to the Red Rocks show this morning through the presale but didn't get anything. Had a lot of trouble with the site.

I'll try again in the general sale. The show I saw at Red Rocks in 2003 was to die for. Absolutely stunning.
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Preview:

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It just keeps saying "loading" but nothing happens. It's a day of Bjork technical difficulties for me.
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Here's a shorter video than the one I posted above. It's about 13 seconds of audio from the first single off the album "Earth Intruders"

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=VoltaVideos

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She's a creative genius.
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Here's a shorter video than the one I posted above. It's about 13 seconds of audio from the first single off the album "Earth Intruders"

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=VoltaVideos

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