POLL Neon Like -- ILM artist poll #88 -- BJÖRK (voting open until April 27, 2018)

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Warmthness! Glow in the dark threads!

MAIN POLL

Send me your ballot of up to 30 top tracks and no fewer than 10. I don't know if that's more or less than usual, but in my experience, people who are into Björk tend to be really into Björk.

APPETIZER POLLS

Albums: Rank up to 5 of your top Björk albums/comps/EPs.
Remixes: Rank up to 5 of your top remixes. (By the way, tracks in the main poll will just be counted as tracks, so if for instance you choose the Phunk You remix of "Alarm Call" on your main ballot, it'll just be counted toward "Alarm Call.")
Music Videos: Rank up to 5 of your top videos.
Sugarcubes: Rank up to 5 of your favorite Sugarcubes tracks.
(NOTE: Indicate if ballots are ranked or unranked; even the sidebar polls.)

Send ballots to ephender at-sign gmail dot com. Order ballots from highest (#1) to lowest, and include your username

Voting closes at midnight April 27, 2018, or within a few hours or days thereafter.

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 02:00 (one week ago) Permalink

the movie you wanted to see about us? Jia shooting a series of long takes of our listening to Homogenic in a dark room.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 April 2018 02:07 (one week ago) Permalink

I've already shot half that movie.

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 02:09 (one week ago) Permalink

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Tim F, Monday, 9 April 2018 02:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Why don't Sugarcubes tracks count among the regular Bjork tracks? Not challenging your rules, just wondering.

Also, Bjork stole my shirt.

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 April 2018 03:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Dang, just one Sugarcubes track? I am very excited for this poll tho

Vinnie, Monday, 9 April 2018 11:04 (one week ago) Permalink

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Agreed.

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 12:41 (one week ago) Permalink

What I already have listed in my tallying spreadsheet. A list of "nominations," if you will:

107 Steps
5 Years
Aeroplane
Alarm Call
All is Full of Love
All Neon Like
Ambergris March
Amphibian
An Echo, A Stain
Ancestors
Antarctic Return
Arisen My Senses
Army of Me
Atlantic
Atom Dance
Aurora
Bachelorette
Batabid
Bath
Big Time Sensuality
Black Lake
Blissing Me
Body Memory
Cetacea
Charlene
Claimstaker
Cocoon
Come To Me
Cosmogony
Courtship
Cover Me
Crying
Crystalline
Cvalda
Dark Matter
Declare Independence
Desired Constellation
Domestica
Earth Intruders
Enjoy
Family
Features Creatures
Foot Soldier
Frosti
Future Forever
Generous Palmstroke
Glóra
Gratitude
Harm of Will
Headphones
Heirloom
Hidden Place
History of Touches
Hollow
Holographic Entrypoint
Hope
Human Behavior
Hunter
Hunter Vessel
Hyper-ballad
I Go Humble
I Miss You
I Remember You
I See Who You Are
Immature
In the Musicals
Innocence
Isobel
It's in Our Hands
It's Not Up To You
It's Oh So Quiet
I've Seen It All
Jóga
Karvel
Komið
Like Someone in Love
Lilith
Lionsong
Losss
Miðvikudags
Moon
Mother Heroic
Mouth Mantra
Mouth's Cradle
Mutual Core
My Juvenile
My Snare/Nature is Ancient
My Spine
Náttúra
New World
North
Notget
Nu Flyver Anton
Oceania
Öll Birtan
One Day
Ooops
Overture
Pagan Poetry
Paradisia
Pearl
Petrolatum
Play Dead
Pleasure is All Mine
Pluto
Pneumonia
Possibly Maybe
Quicksand
Sacrifice
Saint
Scary
Scatterheart
Shimenawa
Show Me Forgiveness
Síðasta Ég
So Broken
Sod Off
Solstice
Sonnets/Unrealities XI
Stígðu Mig
Stonemilker
Storm
Submarine
Sue Me
Sun in My Mouth
Sweet Intuition
Sweet Sweet Intuition
Tabula Rasa
Takk
Tetralógia
The Anchor Song
The Boho Dance
The Comet Song
The Dull Flame of Desire
The Gate
The Modern Things
There's More to Life Than This
Thunderbolt
Triumph of the Heart
Undo
Unison
Unravel
Utopia
Venus as a Boy
Verandi
Vertebræ by Vertebræ
Vessel Shimenawa
Violently Happy
Virus
Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu
Vökuró
Wanderlust
Where is the Line
Who Is It
You've Been Flirting Again

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 12:56 (one week ago) Permalink

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG

― Tim F, Monday, April 9, 2018 2:13 AM (ten hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Great thread

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:18 (one week ago) Permalink

a state of ePOLLgency

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:21 (one week ago) Permalink

pollta

lowercase (eric), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:23 (one week ago) Permalink

pollst

lowercase (eric), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:24 (one week ago) Permalink

BIG POLL SENSUALITY

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:45 (one week ago) Permalink

POLL is full of love

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:55 (one week ago) Permalink

(Pole is full of love?)

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 13:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Hyperballot

jmm, Monday, 9 April 2018 13:56 (one week ago) Permalink

thank you for doing this poll, I am going to listen to her in depth for the first time. I've listened before & love Vespertine & (to a lesser degree) Homogenic but I think it's time to go hard, to go deep, to enjoy cock as it were.

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:01 (one week ago) Permalink

A+ xp

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:01 (one week ago) Permalink

^

lowercase (eric), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

also fuckin same xp to euler

lowercase (eric), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

venus as a poll

mookieproof, Monday, 9 April 2018 14:33 (one week ago) Permalink

It's POLL So Quiet

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh! One I actually want to get involved in.

chap, Monday, 9 April 2018 15:04 (one week ago) Permalink

i got so obsessed with bjork in high school and college that i never listen to her anymore so i think i'm going to participate in this poll if only for the prospect of me getting excited about her again

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Can we include telegram and remixes? The plaid remix of all is full of love is dope

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Sorry just read initial post -overly tired

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Yesss Brad please be on board!

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:46 (one week ago) Permalink

I expect participation from every single gaylxor.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:49 (one week ago) Permalink

(That was not directed in response to anyone in particular, for the record.)

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Can we vote for tracks from this?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2b/Bjork%2C1977%2CFront.jpg

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Surely, and Gling-glo too.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:59 (one week ago) Permalink

And maybe whatever's on Family Tree.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 17:10 (one week ago) Permalink

So remixes no, but guest lead vocals on other artists' tracks yes?

chap, Monday, 9 April 2018 17:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Sure.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 17:12 (one week ago) Permalink

I also burned out on Bjork and haven't cared since 2004, although I've given the last two albums a dutiful listen.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 April 2018 17:13 (one week ago) Permalink

I fear that my own ballot will be almost exclusively pulled from two albums from the 90s, though my #1 might actually be something far more current.

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 April 2018 17:23 (one week ago) Permalink

excited to dive back into her catalogue and to give proper attention to stuff that's eluded me (mostly Medulla, the one that was an app, and the Debut, somehow)

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 April 2018 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Play dead is essential from the debut. Not sure why it’s left off some editions

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Monday, 9 April 2018 17:28 (one week ago) Permalink

It will def be a struggle for me not to include every last track from one specific '90s album, but I think I'll manage.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 17:34 (one week ago) Permalink

super excited for this, her first four albums are all classic.

Play Dead was a bonus track on reissues of Debut, it was originally recorded for The Young Americans soundtrack. it is completely essential though yeah

ufo, Monday, 9 April 2018 19:27 (one week ago) Permalink

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 9 April 2018 20:01 (one week ago) Permalink

so versions on the live albums also count as the regular track?

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 9 April 2018 20:09 (one week ago) Permalink

The vespertine live DVD is incredible

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Monday, 9 April 2018 20:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Which live version of which song?

Uppercase (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 20:38 (one week ago) Permalink

girl i don't know yet there are so many!!!

xp this guy I met in Philly several years ago and stayed in touch with just mailed me some stuff he was getting rid of and when I opened it this morning it wound up being 5 BJORK DVDS, one of which is Vespertine live!

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 9 April 2018 20:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Wait

Only three albums?

So it's like Homogenic by a country mile, Post somewhere behind that, and then the only suspense is whether Vespertine or Debut makes #3, and zero votes for everything else?

Not speaking ill of the rest of her catalogue

But I think consensus on Björk's "finest albums" is such that you might open up the ballot to five albums, or up to ten or something

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 9 April 2018 21:37 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah 5 albums would give much more interesting results

ufo, Monday, 9 April 2018 21:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm sending five w/e

I feel like I have different ears for different eras of Bjork, I adore shit like "Hollow" and "An Echo, A Stain" but don't know where to place them amongst all the poppy fun stuff

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 9 April 2018 21:48 (one week ago) Permalink

I have no idea how I'm going to rank most of the second half of Vespertine because I love it as a suite all flowing together but as individual tracks I have no idea

ufo, Monday, 9 April 2018 21:56 (one week ago) Permalink

the empty space on that record is so consuming, which makes the instrumentation and especially her voice perpetually feel like they're willfully exerting themselves

lowercase (eric), Friday, 20 April 2018 00:28 (two days ago) Permalink

also i love the anohni feature

lowercase (eric), Friday, 20 April 2018 00:29 (two days ago) Permalink

Utopia is still totally impenetrable to me, the first two and last two tracks are the only ones I can get remotely into but they still feel very meandering

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 01:21 (two days ago) Permalink

oh wait but “arisen my senses” is amazing. it’s like björk’s sade song

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 02:37 (two days ago) Permalink

I know it's a new fan fave, and I keep waiting for it to open up for me, but it just hasn't.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Friday, 20 April 2018 02:38 (two days ago) Permalink

Ballot sent! Was definitely in danger of overthinking it if I took any longer...

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 20 April 2018 09:48 (two days ago) Permalink

I really love the consistency and the progression of her album covers. All with her face and all without words.

https://i.imgur.com/T52DavH.jpg

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 20 April 2018 11:24 (two days ago) Permalink

Medulla does have the title on it actually - the necklace. I think Post, Vespertine and Biophilia have my favourite covers

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 11:34 (two days ago) Permalink

Ha weird

I never knew what the Biophilia cover looked like until this moment

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 20 April 2018 11:52 (two days ago) Permalink

How many ballots so far, you ask? Eight, the answer.

Don't make me wait 5 years!

Uppercase (Eric H.), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:20 (two days ago) Permalink

hey I got a whole week, I haven't even started listening!

sleeve, Friday, 20 April 2018 14:21 (two days ago) Permalink

Same as Sleeve! You'll probably get mine a minute before (or after) the deadline, as per usual.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:22 (two days ago) Permalink

i'll send mine now! i was gonna try to do remixes but there's just too much!

challops trap house (Will M.), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:41 (two days ago) Permalink

i'll definitely have one as well, just deciding on the order!

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:36 (two days ago) Permalink

I am 20 tracks right now without delving into the post-millennial era (where my relationship with Björk gets iffy).

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:41 (two days ago) Permalink

Think I should send in my ballot too. I wanted to relisten to stuff I'm less familiar with but I think no matter how many listens I give Biophilia, nothing on there is ever gonna click with me. Did find a few new excellent B-sides in researching for this poll though

Vinnie, Friday, 20 April 2018 16:25 (two days ago) Permalink

"oceania" is like the patient zero of björk videos where she just wears weird shit on her face/head in roomfuls of cgi

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 17:44 (two days ago) Permalink

I like "Earth Intruders"!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2018 17:46 (two days ago) Permalink

(apropos of nothing except some nay-saying above)

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2018 17:46 (two days ago) Permalink

"Earth Intruders" is B+ Bjork, to use an Alfred-ism

Uppercase (Eric H.), Friday, 20 April 2018 18:00 (two days ago) Permalink

also as mentioned earth intruders liberally cribs a section of wendy carlos 'c'est afrique'

utopia is a great record. it's one you can live in, staunchly enviornmental/atmospheric.

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 20 April 2018 20:46 (two days ago) Permalink

I love environmental/atmospheric records. But for some reason it's the almost-song-but-not-ness of 'Utopia' that keeps me outside looking in. It could portentially be amazing if Bjork wanted to do instrumental-textural-ambient-etc. records, though her voice would be missed. But when she sings without meter and melody, with sort of auto-Bjork-isms that hint at previous melodies without cohering into melody--it just fundamentally fruatrates me. I feel like the track she did for the closong credits of 'Being John Malkovic' presaged that strand that has made up half her work post-Medulla.

Soundslike, Friday, 20 April 2018 20:52 (two days ago) Permalink

^I definitely can see this point of view. It is sort of an environmental/atmospheric record, but not quite. I think it functions as mood music for me - my favorite kind of music! Every time I listen it feels slightly different

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 21:21 (two days ago) Permalink

just read Ross's post, I guess what I meant in mine by 'environmental/atmospheric' was more 'ambient', but I like his description.

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 21:27 (two days ago) Permalink

third attempt with utopia and "arisen my senses" is going on my ballot, it makes me believe i have synesthesia

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:14 (two days ago) Permalink

successive blushes each a different color

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:15 (two days ago) Permalink

it really is a beautiful introduction

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 22:31 (two days ago) Permalink

first track on utopia barges out the gate, big and bold, love it.

tabula rasa almost brings me to tears

cheers to Dan

oh wow soundslike the track from BJM amphibian is seriously fucking amazing. i hate to say the weakest link on her new records is her voice, ever dove-tailing into the ether, rarely to coalesce into some meaningful melody.

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:32 (two days ago) Permalink

“amphibian” is maybe the best björk song

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 22:50 (two days ago) Permalink

Holy tuck is it good

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:40 (yesterday) Permalink

hey I got a whole week, I haven't even started listening!

― sleeve, Friday, April 20, 2018 9:21 AM (ten hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

same, fam

21st savagery fox (m bison), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:54 (yesterday) Permalink

Now "Future Forever" insists on reminding me of its loveliness just to make things difficult. There are far too many casually excellent Björk songs. I have to confess that while I have most of the records on hand and am pro-Björk in principle, I wasn't initially sure I could name 30 tracks I really truly care about at this stage. Boy is my face red!

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 21 April 2018 01:19 (yesterday) Permalink

every time i'm about to give up on utopia "tabula rasa" starts and i'm mesmerized until the end. "saint" and "future forever" in particular

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 15:29 (yesterday) Permalink

ballot sent

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 16:06 (yesterday) Permalink

lmao i want to change things already, is it possible to resubmit

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 16:44 (yesterday) Permalink

i am finally in the right mood for vespertine! and it is the best album in the world

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 16:54 (yesterday) Permalink

Absolutely accepting revisions until the poll closes. Especially if they involve additions of “Its Not Up To You.”

Uppercase (Eric H.), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:33 (yesterday) Permalink

hmmmmmmMMMMM

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:35 (yesterday) Permalink

it's great how i'm obsessed with biophilia now

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:48 (yesterday) Permalink

i already liked vespertine quite a bit before this poll, but it's risen up into my top tier, now. Hidden Place through Aurora is such a sustained, strong start to an album, it's ridiculous.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:54 (yesterday) Permalink

“An echo, a stain” is a gear shift, but it too is an astonishment.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:57 (yesterday) Permalink

it is a perfect album start to finish

21st savagery fox (m bison), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:58 (yesterday) Permalink

relistening for the first time in a while, i honestly can't tell if the chorus melody of "unison" is interpolating something or just sounds so classic that i forgot it came from a bjork song

lowercase (eric), Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:23 (yesterday) Permalink

not that bjork doesn't have classic melodies but like, in the "this has been around for centuries" kinda way

lowercase (eric), Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:23 (yesterday) Permalink

Vespertine feels like a pivot moment for me, you can see both everything she has done up to that point and everything she will do afterwards - although of course you could also make a case for 'Homogenic' or 'Medulla' in that regard.

IIRC "Sun In My Mouth" is the first time a song on one of her albums feels really unstructured (rather than apparently so but not - e.g. "Headphones" or "All Is Full Of Love").

Without checking, I get the sense that every album thereafter devoted a larger and larger proportion to that approach, although arguably Utopia turns the corner on that. (this is not to say the albums necessarily get worse and worse - i.e. the worst songs on Volta are certainly "structured").

Tim F, Saturday, 21 April 2018 23:58 (yesterday) Permalink

I dunno, "Sun in my Mouth" feels pretty solid to me.

Uppercase (Eric H.), Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:00 (three hours ago) Permalink

Compared to much of what follows, sure.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:29 (three hours ago) Permalink

I get the point, it doesn’t seem like there is single repeated melodic phrase on Sun in my Mouth.

every track on Vespertine feels like a classic, it really is an amazing album

Dan S, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:37 (three hours ago) Permalink

Hey brad, Tabula rasa is great

Like something off the score of Hitchcock’s vertigo

disarming

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:17 (two hours ago) Permalink

Tabula Rasa is definitely one of the best Bjork songs

Dan S, Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:51 (one hour ago) Permalink


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