I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The vocals were very unique and I liked the icelandic. Many different styles of song and ya, good stuff.
no bjork slander in this house
Wow. Didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The album art sets the mood and they never back down. Once I found my bearings after motor crash I really loved this one. Similar feel to B52s but edgier, stronger delivery and more energy. Incredible lead female vocals on birthday, delicious demon, mama then great duet chemistry in sick for toys and delicious demon. Great rock/new wave instrumentals. No bad songs really.
Loved this. I'm somewhat familiar with Bjork, but wasn't sure what to expect with this. I enjoyed Bjork's vocals more than the weird German-sounding fella, but I will definitely listen to this again and check out the other Sugar Cubes albums. 4 stars.
I'm back in. Life's Too Good is fun and varied. Energy and bjork's quirky singing bring it all together. OK, Dragon is a curveball, but overall, an enjoyable alt pop album.
Amazing album! About the time I was listening to Birthday I realized I was listening to something special. The female vocalist is on fire! Wailing, shrieking, crooning, growling... she sounds like a more-talented Blondie. Definitely at 80s sounding album btw. Looked them up, turns out this is Bjork! This is the best I've heard her. Great lyrics on this album. The include a song about god not existing, so they've got my approval. Definitely a 4.5. The only thing holding it down is the male "vocalist" who can't sing. Cut that fucker out and we've got a 5 star album. I downloaded this album it was so good though.
B52's meets Talking heads
Pre-90s Bjoerk. Not too bad, probably better after a few listens.
Like a sub standard b-52s. Also byorks singing is fucking annoying. Neil young levels of annoying.
It's Icelandic B-52s with Björk at the helm. Not what I would call a good time. Best track: Birthday
not my cup of tea
Weird, interesting and really good
A+++ all round good time. Bjork’s old band holds up!
Very good album
love anything with bjork
Fantastic. Really enjoyed revisiting this one. Innovative, full of energy. Bjork is a one-off and I love her!
I've never heard her sing before. Damn I was missing out. I can see why there was so much love for Birthday.
Really enjoyed this. Bjork is such a force here. Birthday is a real showpiece, just stunning.
I could not help but dance to every song on this album. It's upbeat and fun grooves, mixed with Bjork's sensational vocals, creates such an optimistic listening experience. I can't imagine listening to this and not feeling lighthearted and happy. Though "Cowboy" made me laugh and "Dragon" was a little scary, I enjoyed every moment of this album.
As much as I like Bjork's solo work, this indie pop is a better match for her fiery vocals. An absolute treasure.
Insanely good, insanely fun, insanely bonkers.
yowl and gibber, rock and roll
Surprisingly great and entertaining rock album
Good album some great tracks. Different vocals keep it fresh
La loquita ya venía haciendo de las suyas desde entonces.
great one, fast and straight to the point. very enjoyable
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this unknown alternative rock band has such an identity in their music.
I had no idea Bjork was in a weird post-punk band before going solo. This album kinda rules.
Unexpected hit. Bjork's vocals really made the chaos shine. Sounds like a love child between the Cranberries and the B52s.
80s poppy rock, some songs were great
Funky Icelandic rock
This is extremely up my alley, it's some weird upbeat alternative rock stuff with Bjork singing.
love love love
was very chaotic but i kinda liked it. the band björk was in
now this is my style. i can't get enough of björk's vocals. her voice is so expressive and pairs perfectly with the... for lack of better words, spunky, instrumentals. #1 Birthday #2 Motorcrash #3 Delicious Demon
Strange first exposure to Bjork but ok. I love post-punk, and the Sugarcubes do everything right to fill in the checkmarks. It's like if the B-52s went the alt rock route rather than synth-based New Wave route. Bjork's voice sometimes sounds like the Cranberries's lead except Icelandic which is close enough to Irish. Songs are impactful and weird, with my favorites being Birthday and Deus.
really not that bad. 4 is a bit of a stretch but 3 is too little. Will check them out more
The Sugar Cubes were too early. But considering Björk apparently had a record deal when she was all of 11 years old, maybe they were right on time. This is the album No Doubt wished they could have made. And like Gwen Stefani, Björk was too big of a personality to just front some band. Bigger things like swan suits and Spike Jonze videos awaited her. They key track here is "Birthday", a song I listened to so many times that I'm sure my Spotify algorithm exploded.
pretty cool i wish it was longer. love bjorks voice
This album has a fun infectiousness. Bjork sounds right at home in front of a post punk band. Delicious Demon is a sleeper hit. That was so fun!
What a voice. Bjork is a revelation and the music and songs are great too. 3.75 🌟
Björk is on fire.
-Pretty cool album. Good number of solid tracks. "Delicious Demon" is definitely my favorite -Pretty good. Not mind blowing, but just generally nice tracks with interesting stuff going on
I was about to write a review about how good this sounds by itself but how much it is elevated by the singers performance. Then I realized its Björk so yeah that's suddenly incredibly obvious. This a good one
A truly unique take. Interesting to hear a more poppy side of Björk.
Bjork heeft zo een toffe stem! Maakt me helemaal vrolijk! Graaf album!
Deze vind ik leuk! Ga ik nog wel vaker luisteren.
Cool, enjoyed this a lot
Really enjoyed. Bizarre and fascinating, loved the mischievous feel and rhythms.
Enjoyed this one, different in a good cool edgy way. The Bjork vocals are great
Extremely enjoyable. Björk's vocals are incredibly unique.
Iso peukku, positiivinen yllättäjä
Icelandic Post-Punk Pop, now there is a Genre! wonderful debut by the Sugar Cubes, super high octane post-punk pop and dare I say the introduction to the world of the force of nature that is Bjork! wonderful stuff from the band rightfully on the list. Favourites are "MotorCrash" "Birthday" and "Coldsweat" Rightfully on the list here!
Bjork is so much better when with The Sugarcubes. They seem to keep her in line, and she sings in the correct places along with the tune. I prefer the style of music too.
I never thought that Björk was actually a member of a band, let alone a post-punk band! Ans she's on fire here, carrying an incredible vocal energy while staying in the post-punk territory. The instrumentals, while generic at some places, are great too. Love the drum beats on some tracks. Overall, with such volcanic vocals and cool instrumentals, this slightly exotic album is equivalent to a little walk in one of my favorite countries.
Albums like Life's Too Good are precious because they found great artists at their beginnings... and show all the promise that will be fulfilled lated. Just plain fun, and brilliant at the same time.
It has taken me a few days to write a review of this. That is partially procrastination, but there was also a desire to let the album sit for a day or two. This is an album of quite some density. I would have also said of some uniqueness, but the post-punk/goth/indie roots of this are unmistakable. In that regard, it does the job rather finely. Often the album charms in its quirkiness, but of course that word warns of the possiblity for irritation. For me, it avoided that, but I would not battle someone who found it properly flossed their punani. Along with that, I think it just narrowly misses the knock-out blow tthat would make it a full 5-starrer. Maybe another listen would bump it up, but maybe not. Still, great fun.
A joy to hear this!
What a voice. Bjork is a revelation and the music and songs are great too. 3.75 🌟
Nice to see this on the list. I listened to all of Bjork's pre-solo projects a few years ago, and some of them just had novelty/curiosity appeal, but The Sugarcubes are good on their own terms! Nice mixture of post-punk and alt-rock. I remember their next two albums sound more poppy, so this is probably the one to get. Bjork's dynamic vocals are a strong presence - but I would recommend this even to people who aren't fans of her solo stuff. 4*
I was listening to this and thought, "huh, the lead singer is really doing their best Bjork impression." Cue me being surprised to learn that this was the band Bjork was in before she made it big! Listening to Bjork is an experience, and look, realistically not everyone's going to like that experience. I happen to enjoy it a lot. I think her vocals are unique, weird, and strong. So for me this album was totally enjoyable, but I can see why some people are turned off by it.
A 'kids in the dressing up box' of an album, but it just works.
Bit odder than I thought... maybe requires a revisit!
1. it's an iceland band! 2. it's a bjork band! okii that's what i expected from the facts above. a little lower than expectations tho, maybe bc of daio/dayo?
It was interesting but not for me
Post-punk tending to the jangly with Björk's voice on the top. I discovered that her magic is in the totality of her solo music: Here the tunes are pleasant enough but not mind-blowing. The best tracks are where both vocalists interlace their lines (Blue Eyed Pop and Sick For Toys). There are hints of eclecticism (aside from obligatory Björk growls), but they aren't fully realized until the bonus tracks, which I could use a whole album of. Cowboy's touches of country, the heaviness of several of the extras, and the strings in the Deus remix were all very good.
This was quite unique. I am still not sure how I feel about it, but can definitely appreciate the artistry that went into making it.
Interesting to hear Bjorks early work but not really for me
A couple of good songs. Bjorn is weird.
Está bueno. Aunque la prefieero más tripiadilla
Me gustó. Pero eso es todo.
I love punk chicks screaming into the mic. This is fun.
Birthday was good and a few others. Bjork's voice was the strength.
Some interesting things here, but to chaotic for my taste
Kinda not what I was expecting at all based on the cover of the album. I can't say I have an opinion on it just yet. Come back to this. If i had to give it a rating it's a...
Hey bjork had a rock band, who knew? I like it
Komm ich nicht klar mit
Dragon brought this up to a 3, but otherwise lackluster alt rock
Post punk vibes, avantgarde pop, catchy melodies, strong production. A great way to say hi from Bjork indeed
Post punk Icelandic sounds of Bjork and her mob. Not bad hey
Motorcrash geht ins Ohr. Warum auch immer muss ich bei dem Album an eine Filmscene denken bei der, in einem 80er setting eine junge Mutter durch eine Amerikanische Vorstadt joggt.
Life's Too Good is often labeled post-punk, but that doesn't seem right. The sound is as bright and candy colored as the name of the band would suggest, reminiscent of the B52s or the Police, but the song structures are nothing like these bands. In lieu of traditional songs, the Sugarcubes give us mostly vamps, which Bjork growls, whispers, swoops and shrieks over, while Einar Örn mumbles in the background. The rhythms seem influenced by the likes of Adam Ant and Tom Tom Club. But when you put all of this together, Life's Too Good doesn't really sound like anything else. It all feels really abstract. There are no real hooks, instrumental or otherwise to draw you in, just slick surfaces, which forces you to either throw up your hands and reject the band or accept them on their own terms. The thing is, everything here seems really intentional. The songs are each different from one another and quite detailed in their arrangements. The playing is both competent and confident. The Sugarcubes know exactly what they're doing. Do I like it? I don't hate it. It's unique, which is a plus. And it isn't contaminated by the sickening factory set synths typical of the late 80s.
Surely the best of the best out of the 1980s Rekyavik altrock scene
og bjork. fun listen. fav songs: birthday, delicious demon. 2.5/5 stars
It was music
Bjork is instantly recognizable. I enjoyed the album and glad it found me.
This one was a wild listen. I think I really only liked "Birthday" but I can definitely appreciate not only this band and album, but that Bjork has such a wide range of styles and a powerful leading voice. The chanting/speaking guy in the background tainted a lot of songs for me.
The lead singer sings with a lot of passion, sometimes with too much
No conocía esta banda, ni sabía que bjork estuvo en una banda. Me gusto el disco, no lo escuche igual con detenimiento, pero lo que escuche me gusto 3 efes
Solid early Ska album with some B-52ish influences. This does lend some annoying vocals at points, but the varied melodies and innovative use of chorus compensate to make for a good listen.
lets be honest, its only good cause of Bjork
Pretty good. Was expecting way weird with Bjork. Icelandic punk.
Unexpectedly charming oddball post punk, rock, pop, funk, emo, indie record. Bjork’s voice cuts through the mix like a hot knife through butter and it's quite wonderful. Some serious Nordic Viking shit going on here.
An expression of love through the act of stomping a puppy to death.
Nice singing but this is not the right music for me. Have not listened to so much Bjork before.
Knew the “Pain and Sorrow” song, but not the others. Fun punk vibe with Bjork’s unmistakable voice. These guys had fun making this.
Birthday is really the stand out hit. I think I need to live with the album for a bit longer to get a feel for any of the other tracks.
Alright, didnt realise Björk was in a band before her solo career
It's ok. I can't tell if they copied the B52s, or if the B52s copied them... Probably more a 2.5 stars, but I'll round up to a solid 3.
Fun 80’s pop rock vibes. Definitely not how I expected a band with Bjork in it to sound Favourite track: “Delicious Demon”
I mean, it's Bjork. There are a couple of songs here that grabbed me, but nothing crazy. But still - I like Bjork. She still sells the stuff that I'm not that crazy about.
Not surprisingly my relative disinterest in Bjork translates similarly to the Sugarcubes. Maybe moreso, I can appreciate the artistry of Bjork's vocal styling without particularly caring for it: whatever Icelandic croak-core is going on with the male vocals on this, less so. Just not my cuppa.
Really enjoyed this. Vaguely familiar with bjorks solo work, but first time listening to The sugar Cubes, will listen again.
Good musically. Great vocally. Lyrics left me a little flat.
Bjork's solo stuff would definitely go on to exceed this band but there's still a lot to enjoy here. It's a bit dated feeling but very fun and energetic.
I feel like I'm too stupid to understand or appreciate this album hahaha
Udemærket rock album med Bjork i front. Dog ikke helt min smag. Skal nok høres nogle flere gange, hvis det skal fænge. 3.5
Interessante punk, pop dream da Islândia.
Bjork's vocals - 5*. Random German sounding fella - 1*. OK rock elevated by Bjork's vocals.
In her "Debut" proper, Bjork's unique world-view and idiosyncratic phrasing is channelled through a zany post-punk outfit. It's bizarre hearing her with a conventional- nay, danceable- guitar-bass-drum line up, performing music that still has an edge to it but not quite a cutting one (this sounds like it would have been way more at home in the early 80s). Bjork is mostly front and centre here, as there's no getting away from her vocal acrobatics or the stories they inhabit. Some of these are glorious: the morbid and perverse fantasies of "Motorcrash" and "Fucking in Rhythm and Sorrow", "Blue Eyed Pop"'s delirious declaration that "Everyone is so close to laughing; this kind of joy won't last". Others are more on the surreal end to the point of becoming distracting (the is-it-or-isn't-it inappropriate of "Birthday": "she's five years old; threads worms on a string... he sews a bird in her knickers". OK then.) Occasionally, the lyrics feel overwritten, the kooky sense of playfulness a bit too forced. "Deus" relies a little too much on repetitive vocals and "Sick For Toys" is laughable, approaching the novelty kitsch level of B-52's with its strangled male vocals overshadowing any musical content. However, the music itself here is what saves the album, separating it from the obnoxious surf pastiche the B-52s revelled in. The band are tight throughout- opener "Traitor" sports a spiralling drum pattern from Sigtryggur Baldursson that is all fills and rarely locking into a groove, dancing round a churning, razor-sharp rhythm guitar. The band then lock into some solid grooves in the second half: "Coldsweat" and "Blue Eyed Pop" are great showcases for the whole band, with a very tight rhythm section and fluid basslines from Bragi Ólafsson. "Fucking in Rhythm and Sorrow" is surprising in its familiarity: despite the off-piste subject matter, it's essentially three-chord rockabilly with a blues progression. The immediacy of it all- the poppy basslines, the crunch in the rhythm guitar, the simple chord structures- is enough to ground and counter Bjork's often dark, often hilarious stream of consciousness. Of course, it would be wrong to discount Bjork as anything other than the key player. Although she was perhaps finding in her feet in her lyrics and style, her voice pounces fully formed out of the speakers, ready to bring down mountains and take on the world. The best moment from her on this album is totally wordless: the main hook of subversive single "Birthday", a growl that turns into a throaty yell that glides up into a transcendent falsetto... and yo-yos back again. It's all we need to understand that Bjork has arrived. Finally, I was grateful to draw perhaps the most bizarre hit single with "Birthday" in the name on my birthday. Celebrating in style.
Quirky Iceland indie-ska-swing-pop really only noteworthy for Bjork’s incredible vocals.
Ahh yes proto-Björk solo career. I have heard "Birthday" which is a pretty cute song sounding song, with that Björk husky-growl that is iconic of her style, a very nice mix. Anytime there is someone else singing it brings it down for me. The sound is a bit locked in that 80s production-style which also sounds a bit weak. It also is a bit too long, although I wouldn't have cared as much if all the tracks are bangers, but they are definitely not.
Some of this I like, some of this I find fairly annoying. I definitely like Bjork's voice but I wish the dudes would just leave the singing to her.
Fun record. Was only familiar with them because they're mentioned in the first line of every Bjork review. A lot more poppy than I expected. Will check this out again I'm sure.
This is a slice of history- I was into Cocteau Twins back then and never made the Bjork jump try as I might but this is really good listening now.
All about the Björk and the music.
Post punk/Indie Pop Icelandic warbling brings the world Bjork. The type of songs you would put on a C-45 mixtape for that goth girl who you were trying to impress - you wouldn't really listen to them out of choice. Best Tracks: Motorcrash; Birthday; Deus
A lot of shouting
not really a fan, punky i guess not unpleasant just not my thhing
B52s but More annoying
Im sticking with my 2/5 rating, it was noise rock, and while there were some ok songs, overall, it was a mess.
Bjork's voice is ethereal. Much better than Sigur Ros, but I might only listen to this album once a year.
Just sounds dated and silly
Gotta say, not a huge fan. I can get by some of the weird experimental sounds and vocals from some bands, but I had no clue what was happening.
It wasn't horrible, but the songs that weren't "bad" were certainly more "strange" than "good" to me. I can see some parts of the album being considered pretty interesting and I didn't mind it for one listen, but I'm certainly not interested in hearing more. Too chaotic, too unfocused, too unpolished.
Didn't enjoy it much at all. The last song kinda went hard though. F***ing in rhythm and sorrow is the name of the song that went hard
Really didnt like this - not a Bjork fan. I dont know how this would be a top 1001 album. Wont listen too again 2 stars
Che... la voz se parece a la de... Bjork? Ah si, mirá vos... era Bjork. TIL 2/5
Que falopa éste disco (y que linda tapa). En un tema estás escuchando Joy Division, en otros a Dolly Parton zarpada en azucar en un dueto con Björk. No digo que sea malo, pero no siento que haya una linea que una a todo el disco, probablemente sea intencional. Terminé el disco con ganas de escuchar Björk, no se si es un elogio.
Can't say I'm the biggest fan of today's pick. More than one bjork song is a bit too much for me (though she has some good ones for sure)
Hard no on this one.
not bad but not great
Not great. Not really good either.
interesting, doesn't do anything for me though
Except for "Birthday" I did not like this album.
I was going to say that the singer sounds an awful lot like Björk, then I looked them up and found out that the lead singer was, in fact, Björk! This is hit or miss for me. Like Björk's solo music, I like some of the songs and can do without the others. 2.5 stars
Not a big Bjork fan Not keen on the guitars Jangly
Kinda doubt we'd remember this one had Bjork not become Bjork
Sounds very of-its-time, but there's some interesting songs on here. Not as legendary as I'd expected, but still a diverting listen, especially given what Bjork would go on to do.
Kinda interesting I think?
Off key, screechy, insubstantial, vocals. Annoying talking over. Music dominating sound. Meh
Fairly forgettable for me, easy listening
stealth Bjork. Bit weird.
Olihan tylsä ja paikoitellen ärsyttävä levy. Ei silti lähelläkään paskuuden kuninkuusluokkaa.
interesting sound. 2/5
A couple of tines but abhorrent got better after this.
Un album sans extravagance mais un peu sams saveur aussi 2.75
I really liked how it started out; I thought the energy was near perfect. The vocals could've used work, but I didn't mind it in the grand scheme of things. However, it dropped off horribly near the middle and continued to be bad until the end. The voice is grating, the lyrics make no sense at all, and the music takes a nosedive in quality. Favorite track: Motorcrash
Icelandic indie landfill
Wenn punker versuchen Avantgarde zu sein kommt das dabei raus, unerträglich. einfach nur komisch, sogar für mich zu experimentell und verkopft. Wobei verkopft impliziert jemand hätte sich dabei Gedanken gemacht. ich glaube das nennt man dann einfach pfusch, schand und schluderei.
"Birthday" unerträglich nervig zum Teil, aber dann zwischendrin auch wieder gut. Sehr eigenartig. Motorcrash absoluter scheiß Text. Insgesamt mehr Nervig als Funky. Die beiden Sänger*innen haben doch völlig einen an der Waffel. Thanks but no thanks. Machts euren Scheiß alleine. Der Letzte Track "take some petrol darling" hat dem Album grade die 1* Berwertung eingebrockt. Obwohl die Geräusche etwas an Rompeprop erinnern. Alles in Allem aber schon ganz schöne scheiße
I almost gave this a 5 because of how impressive it is to make something this bad.
Kinda underwhelming - I guess Bjork had to start somewhere. Nothing really stands out - very standard alt rock
so so bad.
It's just Bjork. Full stop. It's Bjork with messed up guitar twangs. Nope.
Nah. I like bjork but this is shite.
Very unsure about this album at first listen. A little harmonica action and faint yelling at the beginning of Traitor. No idea what they are saying. It's really whiny and screamy. I don't think I like this.
This is just more Bjork garbage. Yeesh bad singing - I don't understand how anyone could like her music. 3/10.
I’m excited for this to be over already
Absolute load of shite. I listened to about 1/3 of this drivel
Pas ouf mais bon j'aime bien Bjork
I like the female vocals on some of the songs like "F***ing in Rhythm & Sorrow", but I'm not a fan with the album as a whole.