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posted 08 September 2003 06:27 PM      Profile for majorvictory     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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As Bjork releases an extraordinary career retrospective, it's time to crown her as the most important pop musician of her generation.

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By Thomas Bartlett

Sept. 6, 2003 | In 1993, the former lead singer of the Sugarcubes, a popular alternative rock band from Iceland, released an album called "Debut." So began the most extraordinary musical trajectory of the decade. Ten years later that singer, Björk, is the queen of contemporary music. She has released four solo albums, each one expanding the bounds of what seems possible in popular music. In my experience, no other active musician inspires as much respect in other musicians. A forthcoming documentary titled "Inside Björk" features testimonials from artists as diverse as Thom Yorke, Missy Elliott, Elton John and religious composer John Taverner.

But for all that, Björk remains curiously isolated, her music more loved than influential. Radiohead, probably her closest rival in the intersection of popularity and critical acclaim that makes up at least one definition of greatness, has spawned countless baby Radioheads. Björk has no copycats, no one feeding so obviously off her achievements, because those achievements are so alien. Radiohead is very much of our time, the musical zeitgeist for the millennium, but Björk and her music come from a different time and place. There are two options in placing Björk: Either she is an anomaly, brilliant but finally irrelevant, or she is the most important and forward-looking musician of her generation. In either case, we will need to wait 50 years to really make sense of what she has done, and absorb her influence in any useful way.

Over the course of the summer, One Little Indian Records has been releasing a series of eight Björk-related DVDs, ranging from live concerts to music video collections to documentaries, along with a box set of four live-concert CDs, with each disc corresponding to one of her studio albums (that is, containing the same songs in the same order). This glut of new material comes only half a year after Elektra released the "Family Tree" box set, an idiosyncratically curated career retrospective on one full-length and five 3-inch CDs.

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posted 27 September 2003 02:29 AM      Profile for LittlePrince     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks so much for sharing this. I really enjoyed the article. I am a huge Björk fan.

I recently got to see her in concert in Toronto on Sept 3rd. It was an incredible night, just pure magic.

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