Author(s): Emily Mackay
In recent years, Bjork's artistry has become ever more ambitious and ever more respected. With the release of her conceptual app-album Biophilia in 2011, and a huge retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art coinciding with her most recent album, Vulnicura, in 2015, her status as artpop auteur has been secured. The album that made all this possible, though is 1997's Homogenic, a turning point in Bjork's career and still among her finest musical achievements. Produced under great strain, it moves beyond the stylistic magpie rush of Debut and the urbanophile future-pop of Post, to something darker, stronger and braver, full of dramatic assertions of independence, sharp, stuttering beats, rich strings and raw outbursts of noise. It created, as the Alexander McQueen designed sleeve clearly asserted, a new Bjork, one who would never stop hunting.
Homogenic explores the creation of the album that served as a turning point in Bjork's career and continues to sit among her finest musical achievements
Emily Mackay is a freelance writer and editor. In her career, she has been to a party at Prince's house, ordered out of a car at gunpoint by the LAPD and helped Thurston Moore steal a sofa. Her favourite though, was being driven around Reykjavik by Bjork in her Landrover.
Introduction: I'm going hunting 1 State of emergency: Bjork's crisis 2 I want to go on a mountain top: Bjork's escape 3 The marvellous web: Bjork's friends 4 Excuse me, but I just have to explode: Bjork's noises 5 You just didn't know me: Bjork's characters 6 Home, what's been found: Bjork's national anthems 7 I dare you to take me on: Bjork's loves 8 Brand new tomorrow: Bjork's images 9 Game we're playing is life: Bjork's virtual realities