Five great Björk al­bums

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De­but ( 1993) There was a solo al­bum back in 1977 from a 12- year- old Björk, and a great run with The Sugarcubes, but this was the big ar­rival. An al­bum son­i­cally in tune with the Lon­don un­der­ground dance clubs that caught her imag­i­na­tion at the time.

Ho­mogenic ( 1997) Bold, brave and ad­ven­tur­ous, Ho­mogenic was Björk forg­ing a new way of do­ing things with elec­tronic mu­sic. The Ice­landic String Octet helped Björk and co- pro­ducer Mark Bell find com­mon ground be­tween clas­si­cal and elec­tron­ica, but it’s as much her moody med­i­ta­tions on love that make this so im­pres­sive.

Ves­per­tine ( 2001) In­tox­i­cat­ing and in­fec­tious in the strangest pos­si­ble ways, Ves­per­tine was where Björk went deep within her­self to pro­vide the bal­last for th­ese great, hon­est, frag­ile songs. Full of in­trigue and wild pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Medúlla ( 2004) This may be Björk’s a capella al­bum but it makes a hell of a lot of noise. With vo­cal­ists Rahzel, Ja­panese beat- boxer Dokaka, Mike Pat­ton and Robert Wy­att, Medúlla is an­other Björk al­bum you could not mis­take for any­one else in the galaxy.

Vul­ni­cura ( 2015) This sea­son’s colours are most def­i­nitely the blues. While Björk has of­ten writ­ten about the gid­di­ness of be­ing in love or fall­ing in love, Vul­ni­cura tracks the end of her long- term re­la­tion­ship with artist Matthew Bar­ney. An al­bum that hits you again and again with its heart­break, grief and re­al­ity.

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