(Originally Published July 24th 2012)
Björk is a strange musician, that’s the first thing I knew about her, and that’s the first thing I’ll tell you about her. The second would be that she is an amazing, talented musician. So by no surprise, her 1993 “Debut” is both strange and wonderful.
“Debut” feels like an album of two types of songs – either the song is very minimalist; just a few instruments to accompany Björk’s voice – or on the other side of the coin, you have songs where Björk’s voice is accompanied by loads of synths, catchy bass guitars, drum machines – crowded songs. Not to say that the crowded songs are bad – but I prefer the minimalist.
Songs like “Human Behaviour” and “Big Time Sensuality” are fun, but I prefer songs like “Venus As A Boy” & “Like Someone I Love” – songs where Björk’s voice can shine almost on its own. That “Debut” allows Björk to be both fun and wonderful – and let’s not forget strange – is a blessing, because the album is all the better and unique for it.
But “There’s More To Life Than This” still stands out like a sore thumb.