De loin le meilleur livre écrit sur Björk, si , bien sûr on s'interesse plus à sa musique qu'à la couleur de la chemise de Thor Eldon quand elle l'a rencontré (blanche avec une poche verte). C'est une musicologue qui l'a écrit, ainsi fait elle l'étude de l'art de composer de Björk, sa capacité vocale -on apprend ainsi que son ambitus a baissé de deux tons entre Kukl et Volta- elle décortique les paroles, les clips, leur signification, elle donne quelques données techniques sur quels sont les outils que B utilise, quel micro etc...bref rien à voir avec une biographie (la partie bio tient en un chapitre) c'est donc un essai de musicologie qui a sa place aussi bien chez les fans de Björk que chez les musiciens désireux de s'informer de l'écriture d'une artiste qui évolue entre la pop et la musique savante.
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Great analysis15 juin 2010
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This is a unique book, no doubt. The author has really given me some interesting perspectives on Björk's music. She travels to the depths of many aspects in the artist's albums and songs, as well as using things outside of the music production, to make her case about what the different albums and songs represent and how they came to sound the way they do. Basically, the author's main objective is to illuminate to us how things in the artist's life and her environment affect the music she makes. She succeeded, and her theories are impressive. The author's theories on the symbolism found in Björk's music are quite interesting. As a musician and a fan of the artist, this was an important read. I recommend you read this if you love her music, for you will obtain understandings that can't derive from any other book. You can't fully understand her music without understanding how her environment shapes it with each album.
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Helps to show the importance of Bjork based on her music, not her image20 janvier 2013
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Bjork is a true original - an important artist and musician whose musical greatness is often obscured by her fashion. Her original music and electronica covers common human emotions and longings, but she never resorts to showing off her voice by running scales or melismatic singing as is so prevalent with many female singers - everything she does is true to herself. Her voice has great actinic power and beauty, whether exploring her inner self or expressing her love of iceland and its nature. She grew up singing out loud wandering out in that harsh and beautiful environment. In that voice I hear mountains, volcanoes, ice, snow - the aurora borealis. Listen to Vokuro, Aurora, Joga and others where Iceland itself comes to life through her voice. This book is a good biography and history of Bjork and her career in general, and through its academic approach, gives some much needed attention to her music and how it originates from her. As with Jimi Hendrix and other true and powerful originals, there is a split between what an artist must do and become in order to please concert crowds and the purity of their musical vision before it is altered by that. The book does a good job of covering her life and how it shaped her, and it excels at analyzing her music which deserves the attention. Her music is as unique as she is - there is nothing else like it and it's satisfying to see it covered in detail so well by the author. Even now, in her forties, Bjork sings about nature, the Atlantic ridge, the tectonic plates. To me, her voice is white light incarnate-the spirit of Iceland, Earth and the ocean personified. I don't hear that coming from the singers on American Idol. This book is important in understanding her as a serious artist, but even without a book or video or ever seeing a pcture of her, I could tell how rare and true she is from that voice and that heart.