BJORK SINGLES POLL (debut-vespertine)

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okay y'all: 20 singles, 5 records, 1 winner

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Hyperballad 17
Bachelorette 10
Jóga 8
All Is Full of Love 7
Army of Me 6
Hunter 5
Big Time Sensuality 5
Alarm Call 3
Isobel 3
Venus as a Boy 3
Hidden Place 2
Pagan Poetry 2
Human Behaviour 2
Cocoon 1
Possibly Maybe 1
It's Oh So Quiet 0
I've Seen It All 0
Violently Happy 0
Play Dead 0
I Miss You 0


j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 05:37 (three years ago) Permalink

obligatory shoutout to "unravel"

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 05:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Jóga 4EVA

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 05:57 (three years ago) Permalink

The only ones I wouldn't at least consider voting for:

Human Behaviour
Play Dead
It's Oh So Quiet
I Miss You
Bachelorette

Eric H., Tuesday, 30 December 2014 06:01 (three years ago) Permalink

harder than you'd think this.

piscesx, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 08:30 (three years ago) Permalink

I guess "Jóga" is objectively the best among these, but's it's hard not to ignore the memory of the emotional rush I had as teenager when the "Big Time Sensuality" would play on MTV, there was such sublime joy in the tune and her performance in the video, it wasn't like any dance music I'd ever come across before that.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:20 (three years ago) Permalink

Human Behaviour as a peerless statement-of-intent
Pagan Poetry for the utterly complete, mature, full-bodied emotional punch-out

In between multiple absolute glories... some of her tracks may seem more minor than they once did with age and perspective but at her best she could be incredible. The way her songwriting became so dropped off/phoned in/predictable since Vespertine though. Damn. All/most artists do though (said like an old man).

I thought she was poised to finally soar, become more & more complete and instead she increasingly covered up whimsy & vague concept with sound design to the point of self-parody. I'd like to think she'd still surprise one day but can't help feel she's just to rarified to ever connect with simplicity again.

fndgo, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:55 (three years ago) Permalink

first pretentious rambling post on ilx in years wow. Back to lurking....

fndgo, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:55 (three years ago) Permalink

also Debut still her best album (no slight on the others) kthxbye

fndgo, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:56 (three years ago) Permalink

voted hyperballad because it's untouchable, but even my least favourite tracks on the list i like a lot.

i feel like i should write something gushing about her, particularly this amazing 10 year stretch, but everything that comes to mind feels so inadequate compared to just reading the list itself presented without comment.

olly, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:17 (three years ago) Permalink

As soon as I read the thread title, I knew I was going to be voting for 'Hyperballad'. Didn't even consider anything else!

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:55 (three years ago) Permalink

I went through all this before I woke up!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:02 (three years ago) Permalink

i went with hunter.

the only one i would never consider voting for is It's Oh So Quiet, which sounds like the soundtrack to a credit card company's christmas commercial

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:42 (three years ago) Permalink

End to end this is an amazing sequence, with just a couple of OK songs.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Accidentally voted Possibly Maybe instead of Hyperballad so when the final results are in, mentally adjust the numbers.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Very tough choice, but probably "All Is Full Of Love" and all its remixes. Such a simple but moving song. Her best video too.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:49 (three years ago) Permalink

For me it's got to be either "Isobel" or "Alarm Call"

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:52 (three years ago) Permalink

I voted "BTS" but almost voted "Alarm Call"

y kant max read (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:53 (three years ago) Permalink

for me it's between "hyperballad," "joga," and "pagan poetry"

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:32 (three years ago) Permalink

a case could be made for each of these, especially the ones on post and homogenic, but for me it is hyperballad.

Treeship, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:59 (three years ago) Permalink

and when it lands / will my eyes be closed or open? is like, a tattoo-worthy couplet.

Treeship, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:01 (three years ago) Permalink

some of these sound super-dated right now, that mid-90s triphoppy electronica sound

marcos, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:09 (three years ago) Permalink

hyperballad was always my favorite though

marcos, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:11 (three years ago) Permalink

they sound dated in a good way, though: 90's retrofuturist

Treeship, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:15 (three years ago) Permalink

agreed, very '90s (especially the skittery, trebly distorted idm beats) but still dope. i voted 'bachelorette' because that was always my favorite, but now i'm listening to 'joga' and i made the wrong choice.

will be listening to bjork the rest of the day, ty.

virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:29 (three years ago) Permalink

retrofuturist otm.

the mid-to-late 90s was such an interesting time for music and culture, so many mainstream artists exploring electronic music, the internet starting to become more widely used, raver fashion seeping into the mainstream, a new century in view, there was just this sense of living in "the future" and that this music made by computers was part of it.

marcos, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:29 (three years ago) Permalink

man bjork from post through verspertine was such intimately personal music for me, i spent so many late nights with this by myself on headphones in my dark bedroom. i smoked a lot of weed during this period in high school and i think it contributed to this enveloping, cocoon-like feeling i'd have when listening to her. often i'd drop my friends off and smoke weed in my car and drive around by myself listening to bjork with the windows down in the winter.

marcos, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Though it's not included in the poll, I began listening to Biophilia today after ignoring it in 2011 (and since). Different, but I'm loving it.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:30 (three years ago) Permalink

i so strongly associate these albums with winter, too, perhaps because of the icelandic cliches the press always mentioned with bjork but also because it was in winter one year when i first started listening to all this stuff, maybe the year kid a came out? 2000-2001?

marcos, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:33 (three years ago) Permalink

cocoon is a magnificent song

marcos, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Very tough. "Alarm Call" I think, because "Homogenic" is her best.

LimbsKing, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 21:08 (three years ago) Permalink

the mid-to-late 90s was such an interesting time for music and culture, so many mainstream artists exploring electronic music, the internet starting to become more widely used, raver fashion seeping into the mainstream, a new century in view, there was just this sense of living in "the future" and that this music made by computers was part of it.

Interestingly though, the early-90s straightup dance/house tunes on Debut sound much less dated than the "futuristic" mid-90s stuff like "Army of Me". I guess your basic minimalistic 4/4 beats have a more timeless quality than the larger triphop and big beat sounds.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 21:14 (three years ago) Permalink

oh yea i totally agree. debut sounds much less dated

marcos, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 21:15 (three years ago) Permalink

man, i'm oddly bummed to learn that the Human Behavior timpani/surdo bassline was a whole-cloth sample. never thought to investigate it before.

virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Apart from "Alarm Call," Homogenic still kind of sounds like the future to me.

J. Sam, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 22:40 (three years ago) Permalink

probably between Play Dead and Bachelorette for me.

charlie h, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 03:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Is it so wrong for me to want to cut off a pinky finger rather than choose just one?

austinato (Austin), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 04:22 (three years ago) Permalink

We'll accept a finger

the most painstaking, humorless people in the world (lukas), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 04:25 (three years ago) Permalink

I'll heal you. With a razorblade. I'll cut a slit open.

Eric H., Wednesday, 31 December 2014 05:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Hyperballad vs Cocoon for me. That is an impressive list of singles.

Moka, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 07:15 (three years ago) Permalink

screw your "dated," I voted army of me

katherine, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:21 (three years ago) Permalink

head says "Army of Me", heart says "Jóga"

gr8080, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Army of Me probably the worst single ever recorded by anyone ever....

fndgo, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:38 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpGS-Z8opqk

gr8080, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:41 (three years ago) Permalink

It didn't make the cutoff, but Earth Intruders has its moments too.

LimbsKing, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:02 (three years ago) Permalink

i swear we did this really recently. why the cut-off (apart from the obvious "she went to shit after medúlla)?

"jóga" and "bachelorette" tower over most music recorded by anyone, including the rest of björk's discography, incredible as it is. there isn't a song here i dislike though i'm perpetually baffled that "hyperballad" seems generally to be considered one of her high points when it's easily in the bottom 5 of this lot for me

lex pretend, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:12 (three years ago) Permalink

She still has some great songs in Medulla and Volta. Not much single material as they're too offbeat but still great songs. biophilia and drawing restraint are the ones that dont do anything for me. I predict her next album will tone the experimentalism down.

Moka, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:27 (three years ago) Permalink

i definitely class medúlla in björk's worthwhile years

lex pretend, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Army of Me probably the worst single ever recorded by anyone ever....

― fndgo, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:38 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

one last time before the new year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocGiulPm3IU

katherine, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 2 January 2015 00:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 3 January 2015 00:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Forgot to vote in this; chalk one up for Cocoon.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Saturday, 3 January 2015 00:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Apropos of nothing.... I loathe Gondry's video for Batchelorette to the point that it actually stopped me liking the song for a long while.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 3 January 2015 01:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Really? I like that video!

If 'Hyperballad' wasn't an option I probably would have voted for 'Bachelorette', so I'm delighted to see it in second place here.

Homogenic still kind of sounds like the future to me.

― J. Sam, Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:40 PM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's my favourite album of hers, but for some reason or other I've found myself listening to Post a lot more recently.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Army of Me getting twice the number of votes as Isobel is a travesty

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I prefer 'Isobel' to 'Army of Me' too, but I don't see anything particularly wrong with 'Army of Me'. As I understand, you always start Post with track 2, DJP? I think I remember reading it was you that said this, anyway...

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:38 (three years ago) Permalink

idgi wtf is ppl's beef with army of me?

gr8080, Saturday, 3 January 2015 22:01 (three years ago) Permalink

It's a lumbering snooze that is worse than every other song on Post

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Saturday, 3 January 2015 22:34 (three years ago) Permalink

no it's not and no it's not

gr8080, Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:47 (three years ago) Permalink

the lumbering is the point!

katherine, Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:52 (three years ago) Permalink

(isobel is also good)

katherine, Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Couldn't choose, didn't vote, they're pretty much all great. Seeing them all together it does look like one hell of a decade - you'd think she was really a "singles artist," but then the albums are classics (though with Vespertine things get a little spottier).

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 4 January 2015 03:20 (three years ago) Permalink

I can think of only one song on Vespertine that's weak, whereas Post and Debut each have at least two or three.

Eric H., Sunday, 4 January 2015 04:45 (three years ago) Permalink

army me of me rules
isobel also rules

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Sunday, 4 January 2015 05:19 (three years ago) Permalink

you know what rules and i intended to vote for? "possibly maybe"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Sunday, 4 January 2015 05:33 (three years ago) Permalink

poooossibly maaaaybaaaee

yeah, there were very few terrible options in this poll

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Sunday, 4 January 2015 05:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Vespertine was an album where I was really psyched for it coming out and then really struggled to get into it. I think the vinyl was sort of badly mastered (?) (lot of sibilance problems, kind of an issue on this very whispery album) which probably put me off too. Loved "Aurora," "Heirloom," "It's Not Up To You," liked the singles okay, had trouble holding the rest together in my head. I guess I should give it another chance, though!

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 4 January 2015 06:12 (three years ago) Permalink

So weirded out by all the love for "Love", I mean, the remixes are great but on the album it is a footnote

fgti, Sunday, 4 January 2015 06:20 (three years ago) Permalink

No. It is a perfect epilogue to that album. I will not hear it any other way.

Eric H., Sunday, 4 January 2015 06:53 (three years ago) Permalink

The remixes pollute the crystalline beauty of the album version.

Eric H., Sunday, 4 January 2015 06:54 (three years ago) Permalink

I am unyielding on this point.

Eric H., Sunday, 4 January 2015 06:54 (three years ago) Permalink

I volunteer to lose friends to endorse this opinion.

Eric H., Sunday, 4 January 2015 06:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Your phone is off the hook
Your doors are all shut

fgti, Sunday, 4 January 2015 07:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Maybe not from the sources you are staring at.

Eric H., Sunday, 4 January 2015 07:10 (three years ago) Permalink

the album this poll makes me want to revisit is vespertine

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Sunday, 4 January 2015 07:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Isn't the album version actually a remix?

y kant max read (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 4 January 2015 14:53 (three years ago) Permalink

"All Is Full of Love" is a song by Björk, released as the fifth and final single from her album Homogenic. The version of the song used in the video is actually the original version of the song, while the version on Homogenic is a remix by Howie B.

y kant max read (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 4 January 2015 14:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Huh! That is very interesting and prob explains why the album version is so sonically divergent

fgti, Sunday, 4 January 2015 15:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Man I love Pluto so much and its hi-fi expensive drill sound and I guess here's the right place to ask "where can I find more like that"

fgti, Sunday, 4 January 2015 15:51 (three years ago) Permalink

love "hidden place" & the way it opens up. vespertine my favourite just for its essence, but I am a sucker for ppl breathing in my ear

ogmor, Sunday, 4 January 2015 16:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh damn, I had completely forgotten about 5 Years and how much I love it.

virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Sunday, 4 January 2015 17:29 (three years ago) Permalink

I hate the histrionism in Bachelorette half of the time. For me Joga is the real jewel in Homogenic, it could be an instrumental song and it would still be brilliant. Probably Bjork's best string arrangements, don't think she'll ever top them.

Have you heard the Polar Prize version with Ane Brun? Obviously Bjork owns the song and noone is able to perform it as she does, but the backing orchestra makes it one of the better performances I've heard of it. Wish Bjork herself was singing it. You can tell she is moved by the rendition, though. It appears that she is crying at the end of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC4RTMsb8bA

Moka, Sunday, 4 January 2015 22:17 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Hi!. Here are my picks.

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 September 2018 04:48 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Are you saying Joga from Homogenic prefigured Vespertine?

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 12 October 2018 18:41 (one month ago) Permalink


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