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Freed from the Sugarcubes' confines, Björk takes her voice and creativity to new heights on Debut, her first work after the group's breakup. With producer Nellee Hooper's help, she moves in an elegantly playful, dance-inspired direction, crafting highly individual, emotional electronic pop songs like the shivery, idealistic "One Day" and the bittersweet "Violently Happy." Despite the album's swift stylistic shifts, each of Debut's tracks are distinctively Björk. "Human Behaviour"'s dramatic percussion provides a perfect showcase for her wide-ranging voice; "Aeroplane" casts her as a yearning lover against a lush, exotica-inspired backdrop; and the spare, poignant "Anchor Song" uses just her voice and a brass section to capture the loneliness of the sea. Though Debut is just as arty as anything she recorded with the Sugarcubes, the album's club-oriented tracks provide an exciting contrast to the rest of the album's delicate atmosphere. Björk's playful energy ignites the dance-pop-like "Big Time Sensuality" and turns the genre on its head with "There's More to Life Than This." Recorded live at the Milk Bar Toilets, it captures the dancefloor's sweaty, claustrophobic groove, but her impish voice gives it an almost alien feel. But the album's romantic moments may be its most striking; "Venus as a Boy" fairly swoons with twinkly vibes and lush strings, and Björk's vocals and lyrics -- "His wicked sense of humor/Suggests exciting sex" -- are sweet and just the slightest bit naughty. With harpist Corky Hale, she completely reinvents "Like Someone in Love," making it one of her own ballads. Possibly her prettiest work, Björk's horizons expanded on her other releases, but the album still sounds fresh, which is even more impressive considering electronic music's whiplash-speed innovations. Debut not only announced Björk's remarkable talent; it suggested she had even more to offer.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
Human Behaviour
00:04:12

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 One Little Independent Records

2
Crying
00:04:49

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

3
Venus As A Boy
00:04:41

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

4
There's More To Life Than This Live At The Milk Bar Toilets
00:03:21

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

5
Like Someone In Love
00:04:33

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Burke, Author - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

6
Big Time Sensuality
00:03:56

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 One Little Independent Records

7
One Day
00:05:24

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

8
Aeroplane
00:03:54

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

9
Come To Me
00:04:54

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

10
Violently Happy
00:04:58

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

11
The Anchor Song
00:03:39

Marius de Vries, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Corky Hale, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELLEE HOOPER, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Luis Jardim, Drums, Bass Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Virgo, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Garry Hughes, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stone, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mallison, Guitar, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Wertheimer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OLIVER LAKE, Brass Band, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Nicolson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Goetz Botzenhardt, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Bernstein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TALVIN SINGH, Tabla, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Barnacle, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Burnham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Mower, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Bob, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Pugsley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jhelisa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sureh Sathe, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - H. Shalleh, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Bradford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Dickenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oggy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Abbiss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Bapsi Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

Album Description

Freed from the Sugarcubes' confines, Björk takes her voice and creativity to new heights on Debut, her first work after the group's breakup. With producer Nellee Hooper's help, she moves in an elegantly playful, dance-inspired direction, crafting highly individual, emotional electronic pop songs like the shivery, idealistic "One Day" and the bittersweet "Violently Happy." Despite the album's swift stylistic shifts, each of Debut's tracks are distinctively Björk. "Human Behaviour"'s dramatic percussion provides a perfect showcase for her wide-ranging voice; "Aeroplane" casts her as a yearning lover against a lush, exotica-inspired backdrop; and the spare, poignant "Anchor Song" uses just her voice and a brass section to capture the loneliness of the sea. Though Debut is just as arty as anything she recorded with the Sugarcubes, the album's club-oriented tracks provide an exciting contrast to the rest of the album's delicate atmosphere. Björk's playful energy ignites the dance-pop-like "Big Time Sensuality" and turns the genre on its head with "There's More to Life Than This." Recorded live at the Milk Bar Toilets, it captures the dancefloor's sweaty, claustrophobic groove, but her impish voice gives it an almost alien feel. But the album's romantic moments may be its most striking; "Venus as a Boy" fairly swoons with twinkly vibes and lush strings, and Björk's vocals and lyrics -- "His wicked sense of humor/Suggests exciting sex" -- are sweet and just the slightest bit naughty. With harpist Corky Hale, she completely reinvents "Like Someone in Love," making it one of her own ballads. Possibly her prettiest work, Björk's horizons expanded on her other releases, but the album still sounds fresh, which is even more impressive considering electronic music's whiplash-speed innovations. Debut not only announced Björk's remarkable talent; it suggested she had even more to offer.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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