Björk : Homogenic

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By the late ’90s, Björk’s playful, unique world view and singular voice became as confining as they were defining. With its surprising starkness and darkness, 1997’s Homogenic shatters her “Icelandic pixie” image.

Possibly inspired by her failed relationship with drum’n’bass kingpin Goldie, Björk sheds her more precious aspects, displaying more emotional depth than even her best previous work indicated. Her collaborators — LFO’s Mark Bell, Mark “Spike” Stent, and Post contributor Howie B — help make this album not only her emotionally bravest work, but her most sonically adventurous as well.

A seamless fusion of chilly strings (courtesy of the Icelandic String Octet), stuttering, abstract beats, and unique touches like accordion and glass harmonica, Homogenic alternates between dark, uncompromising songs such as the icy opener, “Hunter,” and more soothing fare like the gently percolating “All Neon Like.” The noisy, four-on-the-floor catharsis of “Pluto” and the raw vocals and abstract beats of “5 Years” and “Immature” reveal surprising amounts of anger, pain, and strength in the face of heartache. “I dare you to take me on,”

Björk challenges her lover in “5 Years,” and wonders on “Immature,” “How could I be so immature/To think he would replace/The missing elements in me?” “Bachelorette,” a sweeping, brooding cousin to Post’s “Isobel,” is possibly Homogenic’s saddest, most beautiful moment, giving filmic grandeur to a stormy relationship. Björk lets a little hope shine through on “Jòga,” a moving song dedicated to her homeland and her best friend, and the reassuring finale, “All Is Full of Love.” “Alarm Call”‘s uplifting dance-pop seems out of place with the rest of the album, but as its title implies,

Homogenic is her most holistic work. While it might not represent every side of Björk’s music, Homogenic displays some impressive heights. [ review by Heather Phares ]

Tracklist (favorites in bold)

  1. Hunter
  2. Joga
  3. Unravel
  4. Bachelorette
  5. All Neon Like
  6. 5 Years
  7. Immature
  8. Alarm Call
  9. Pluto
  10. All is Full of Love

Album Moods
Cold Stately Complex Organic Brooding Confident Freewheeling Fun Innocent Intense Passionate Quirky Sentimental Sophisticated Tense/Anxious Theatrical Trippy Wintry

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Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!

Enjoy this video. Some guy is imitating Jazon Mraz and singing the Suess book! What Fun! And as you may know, Dr Seuss was from Minnesota!

Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss

Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

Week of March 1, 2015

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Congratulations of Robert DeLong this week’s winner for his track “Long Way Down”. It’s new at Number One this week. Scroll down to see the entire list for the week. Don’t forget to tune in on Sundays at Noon to hear the countdown LIVE ! It also repeats through to midnight. Thanks for checking out BangWave!

Official Rankings for March 1, 2015

  1. Robert DeLong – “Long Way Down”
  2. Modest Mouse – “Lampshades On Fire”
  3. TV On The Radio – “Careful You”
  4. The Kooks – “Bad Habbit”
  5. Joywave – “Somebody New”
  6. Saint Motel – “My Type”
  7. Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (f/Bruno mars)”
  8. Misterwives – “Reflections”
  9. Ex Cops – “Black Soap”
  10. Kendrick Lamar – “I”
  11. Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige”
  12. Andrew McMahon – “Cecilia & The Satelite”
  13. OK Go! – I Won’t Let You Down
  14. Clean Bandit – “Mozart’s House”
  15. alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”
  16. The Decemberists – “Make you Better”
  17. Death Cab For Cutie – “Black Sun”
  18. Sheppard – “Geronimo”
  19. Florence + The Machine – “What Lind of Man”
  20. Walk The Moon – “Shut Up And Dance”
  21. Glass Animals – “Hazey”
  22. Broods – “Bridges”
  23. Weezer – “Da Vinci”
  24. Cold War Kids – “First”
  25. Blur – “Go Out”
  26. Bryan Ferry – “Loop De Li”
  27. The Orwells – “Who Needs You”
  28. Royal Blood – Ouf of the Black”
  29. Sam Smith – “Money On My Mind”
  30. Information Society – “Get Back”
  31. Kasabian – “Stevie”
  32. Bahamas – “All The Time”
  33. The Black Keys – “Weight of Love”
  34. Billy Idol – “Can’t Break Me Down”
  35. Ryan Adams – “Stay With Me”
  36. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
  37. Purity Ring – “Push Pull”
  38. Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”
  39. Belle & Sebastian – “The Party Line”
  40. CHVRCHES – “Get Away”