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By the late '90s, Björk's playful, unique world view and singular voice became as confining as they were defining. With its surprising starkness and darkness, 1997's Homogenic shatters her "Icelandic pixie" image. Possibly inspired by her failed relationship with drum'n'bass kingpin Goldie, Björk sheds her more precious aspects, displaying more emotional depth than even her best previous work indicated. Her collaborators -- LFO's Mark Bell, Mark "Spike" Stent, and Post contributor Howie B -- help make this album not only her emotionally bravest work, but her most sonically adventurous as well. A seamless fusion of chilly strings (courtesy of the Icelandic String Octet), stuttering, abstract beats, and unique touches like accordion and glass harmonica, Homogenic alternates between dark, uncompromising songs such as the icy opener, "Hunter," and more soothing fare like the gently percolating "All Neon Like." The noisy, four-on-the-floor catharsis of "Pluto" and the raw vocals and abstract beats of "5 Years" and "Immature" reveal surprising amounts of anger, pain, and strength in the face of heartache. "I dare you to take me on," Björk challenges her lover in "5 Years," and wonders on "Immature," "How could I be so immature/To think he would replace/The missing elements in me?" "Bachelorette," a sweeping, brooding cousin to Post's "Isobel," is possibly Homogenic's saddest, most beautiful moment, giving filmic grandeur to a stormy relationship. Björk lets a little hope shine through on "Jòga," a moving song dedicated to her homeland and her best friend, and the reassuring finale, "All Is Full of Love." "Alarm Call"'s uplifting dance-pop seems out of place with the rest of the album, but as its title implies, Homogenic is her most holistic work. While it might not represent every side of Björk's music, Homogenic displays some of her most impressive heights.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
Hunter
00:04:14

Eumir Deodato, Orchestra Leader, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tricky, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Sif Tulinius, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - icelandic String Octet, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jon R. Ornolfsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Móeður Anna Sigurðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

2
Jóga
00:05:05

Eumir Deodato, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Björk Gudmundsdottir, ComposerLyricist - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurjon Birgir Sigurdsson, ComposerLyricist - Sif Tulinius, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - icelandic String Octet, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jon R. Ornolfsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Móeður Anna Sigurðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

3
Unravel
00:03:21

Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Producer, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Bell, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

4
Bachelorette
00:05:12

Gavyn Wright, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eumir Deodato, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Steve Price, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Laurence, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Isobel Griffiths, Orchestra Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Snare Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thompson, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - George Robertson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Garland, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Berrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Tunstall, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Vaughan Armon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Maciej Rakowski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jim McLeod, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Kegg, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Chase, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Cruft, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gardham, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helen Liebmann, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Brittain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Wilf Gibson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Hawkes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Oxer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Tunnell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Pritchard, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Bryant, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurjon Birgir Sigurdsson, ComposerLyricist - Steve Henderson, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

5
All Neon Like
00:05:53

Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Björk Gudmundsdottir, Composer - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

6
5 Years
00:04:29

Eumir Deodato, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Sif Tulinius, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - icelandic String Octet, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jon R. Ornolfsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Móeður Anna Sigurðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

7
Immature Mark Bell's Version
00:03:06

Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

8
Alarm Call
00:04:19

Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

9
Pluto
00:03:19

Eumir Deodato, Orchestra Leader, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Sif Tulinius, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - icelandic String Octet, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jon R. Ornolfsson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Móeður Anna Sigurðardóttir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sigurbjorn Bernhardsson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

10
All Is Full Of Love Howie's Version
00:04:31

Marius de Vries, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Brown, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Sigsworth, Keyboards, Clavichord, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Bell, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Morais, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Paul "P-Dub" Walton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kirsten Cowie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Markus Dravs, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sie Medway-Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjork, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Groucott, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Loughrey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Westbrook, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Murphy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Alasdair Malloy, Glass Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Bernstein, Producer, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Storey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Polden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Bjork Overseas Ltd. / One Little Independent Records

Album Description

By the late '90s, Björk's playful, unique world view and singular voice became as confining as they were defining. With its surprising starkness and darkness, 1997's Homogenic shatters her "Icelandic pixie" image. Possibly inspired by her failed relationship with drum'n'bass kingpin Goldie, Björk sheds her more precious aspects, displaying more emotional depth than even her best previous work indicated. Her collaborators -- LFO's Mark Bell, Mark "Spike" Stent, and Post contributor Howie B -- help make this album not only her emotionally bravest work, but her most sonically adventurous as well. A seamless fusion of chilly strings (courtesy of the Icelandic String Octet), stuttering, abstract beats, and unique touches like accordion and glass harmonica, Homogenic alternates between dark, uncompromising songs such as the icy opener, "Hunter," and more soothing fare like the gently percolating "All Neon Like." The noisy, four-on-the-floor catharsis of "Pluto" and the raw vocals and abstract beats of "5 Years" and "Immature" reveal surprising amounts of anger, pain, and strength in the face of heartache. "I dare you to take me on," Björk challenges her lover in "5 Years," and wonders on "Immature," "How could I be so immature/To think he would replace/The missing elements in me?" "Bachelorette," a sweeping, brooding cousin to Post's "Isobel," is possibly Homogenic's saddest, most beautiful moment, giving filmic grandeur to a stormy relationship. Björk lets a little hope shine through on "Jòga," a moving song dedicated to her homeland and her best friend, and the reassuring finale, "All Is Full of Love." "Alarm Call"'s uplifting dance-pop seems out of place with the rest of the album, but as its title implies, Homogenic is her most holistic work. While it might not represent every side of Björk's music, Homogenic displays some of her most impressive heights.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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