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So, if I put the cover on the overhead projector we see that Debut is decorated with a very stark portrait of the young songstress. It is hard to determine with any degree of accuracy what emotions she is experiencing, but from a casual glance we could presume that she is crying because there seem to be small tears forming in her eyes and her hands are pressed to her lips, a body language trait that indicates an attempt to hide emotions, to cover them up. This sad portrait fits in nicely with the slightly morbid, reflective, soul searching trend amongst "serious" musicians of the early nineties, such as your friend Mr. Cobain, Stevens. Yes, I thought that might get your attention. But if we were to put on the album and expect a bunch of sad songs about desperation, heartbreak and the human condition then we would be surprised and, if we were of Stevens' disposition, a little disappointed. Most local releases can be recognised by the local distributor company in the fine print. However, the UK and European releases can be difficult: Selected items are only available for delivery via the Royal Mail 48® service and other items are available for delivery using this service for a charge. So how is this reflected on Debut's cover art? Well, look here if I zoom in on the overhead projector. If you look closely at the hands, and then at the corners of Björk's mouth, we can see that they are upturned and it seems as though what she is really attempting to hide behind her hands is not a sudden sadness but rather a smirk, a playful smile. And those tears, how do we explain them? Could they just be a makeup effect? Could her makeup have smudged after a long evening of partying? Her hair is certainly ruffled and tangled enough to suggest that. In fact she may have been up all night and is in fact weary yet happy, which might be another explanation for the use of this particular picture on the cover of this record. Related Artists - Einar Orn Benediktsson, Frostbite, K.U.K.L., Ornamental, Steintryggur, The Sugarcubes.

The following morning, I wake up and, remembering that the people who live three doors away are teachers (to my left) and a plumber (to my right), realise that I have been having an odd dream about cooking a meal with an Icelandic pop star. I'm not sure why this has happened or what hidden meaning might be contained within the dream, but I do still feel some regret about the whole bottle of wine thing and particularly at seeming to piss Björk off. If Björk (either the real or dream versions) ever somehow happen to find themselves reading this, I would like to sincerely apologise for whatever it was that I did in my dream that so upset you. I hope that you enjoyed the wine (this applies to dream-Björk only) and can find it in yourself to understand that whatever offence I inadvertedantly made in my dream was unintentional.Debut • Post • Homogenic • Selmasongs • Vespertine • Medúlla • DR9 • Volta • Biophilia • Vulnicura • Utopia › So while it's not quite Bjork's greatest triumph, it's really, really close. Like I said, it's definitely the most fun and most dancey of her albums, and I'm sure it would go over well if I was ever DJ'ing or something like that. And the melodies are strong enough for it to be great when you're not in the club. Basically, you can't go wrong here. If you ever get close to a human'. It's a belter of an opening lyric on a debut album, isn't it? The subtle implication that Bjork herself isn't human, that she's observing the rest of us from the outside, sets the scene instantly not just for this album, but for the whole of her career as an adult musician. Engineer – Al Stone, Brian Pugsley, Dave Burnham, Howie Bernstein, Hugo Nicolson, Jim Abbiss, Nellee Hooper, Paul Corkett NOW what has been bothering me the most is that my disc is definitely NOT beige, it is a metallic gold ! Now it is what it is, but i really wanted it to be a nice pristine light colored beige and it is definitely a darker gold. I am assuming the pressing plant ran out of the beige early so they started using similar colors, as happens occasionally. But alas, here I am finding it to be a report-worthy offense. So until i listen to it, that is all the info i have to share.

Good morning class, welcome to album artwork criticism. This semester, as anyone who has read the course syllabus should know, we are focusing primarily on the album art of key albums of the nineties. We want to develop an understanding of the relationship between the artwork on the cover of the records and the actual content, the sound, the message, that the album conveys. So to begin with we will be looking at Björk's debut solo effort, appropriately enough called Debut. Stevens, if I hear you sigh like that at every record cover we study that isn't Nevermind then I shall have you forcibly removed from my class. The nineties weren't just about grunge you know, people with social skills and clean hair would go out dancing in clubs and this is reflected strongly in Debut's sound. In fact, the irony of the title is that it isn't officially her debut album, having put out records in her native Iceland since she was a young girl, but as far as we here in Britain are concerned, this is where we begin when looking at Björk, particularly in a critical way such as this.Björk and I spend the rest of the afternoon and the early part of the following evening preparing food. We make a good team: I do all the actual work (the cutting, soaking, kneading, glazing, baking, roasting etc - you name it... I do it) whilst Björk designs the menu, guides me and gives me practical advice when I do things incorrectly. With much hard work, a meal is prepared in time. With these mysterious people who I have some unknown reason to impress due to arrive imminently, I ask Björk whether she will stay and enjoy the food, politely she declines and departs clasping her cup of sugar (I try to mke her take a full unopened bag of sugar, but again, she declines) thanking me for lending it to her. One thing that we will learn from Björk over the course of her career, and this is where the benefit of hindsight comes in useful, is that she is not easy to describe, she refuses to be pigeonholed and she is constantly working with opposing extremes. As this is the case, what better way to warn us of the type of artist she is, right from the get go, than by placing this picture on the front of her very first record, a picture which seems simple upon first glance, but which becomes more detailed yet more unfathomable with each repeated visit, just like the music which is contained within. I remember the first time I ever heard of Bjork quite clearly. Her video for “Venus as a Boy” was being played on ITV’s Chart Show and I have to admit I found her quite striking, the tune was not unpleasant and she was something a little bit different in a music scene dominated by grunge, the death throws of baggy and really, really bad corporate pop. The '521 323-2' European CD is available in many similar variants: the detailed description of known versions can be found in the Notes section of this release.

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