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Life's Too Good

The Sugarcubes

1988

Life's Too Good

Album Summary

Life's Too Good is the debut studio album by Icelandic alternative rock group The Sugarcubes. It was released in April 1988 by One Little Indian in the UK and Europe and in May 1988 by Elektra Records in the US. The album was an unexpected success and brought international attention for the band, especially to lead singer Björk, who would launch a successful solo career in 1993. Consisting of veterans of Reykjavík's early 1980s rock culture, the band took elements of the post-punk sound that characterized the scene, intending to create a humorous take on pop music's optimism, which is reflected in the album's title. Despite never having intended to be taken seriously, and because of the success of their debut and their contractual obligations, the Sugarcubes went on to release two further studio albums.

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Rating

3.04

Votes

4766

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

no bjork slander in this house

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The vocals were very unique and I liked the icelandic. Many different styles of song and ya, good stuff.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

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.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

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.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

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.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

B52's meets Talking heads

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Pre-90s Bjoerk. Not too bad, probably better after a few listens.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
2

Like a sub standard b-52s. Also byorks singing is fucking annoying. Neil young levels of annoying.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
2

It's Icelandic B-52s with Björk at the helm. Not what I would call a good time. Best track: Birthday

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

It's kind fo refreshing to hear Bjork without the overworked vocals that lead nowhere that characterise her solo work, only her standard phrasing is still only vaguely interesting. I'm pleased to say that while she's barely emotive, the rhythms are more than barely funky, and plenty playful. An exercise class in quirkiness rather than an elite level performance of it.

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Sat May 29 2021
1

not my cup of tea

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Thu Oct 15 2020
5

Surprisingly good.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Weird, interesting and really good

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Sat May 15 2021
5

A+++ all round good time. Bjork’s old band holds up!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Very good album

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

love anything with bjork

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Fantastic. Really enjoyed revisiting this one. Innovative, full of energy. Bjork is a one-off and I love her!

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

I've never heard her sing before. Damn I was missing out. I can see why there was so much love for Birthday.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Really enjoyed this. Bjork is such a force here. Birthday is a real showpiece, just stunning.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

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.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

As much as I like Bjork's solo work, this indie pop is a better match for her fiery vocals. An absolute treasure.

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Insanely good, insanely fun, insanely bonkers.

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Thu May 26 2022
5

yowl and gibber, rock and roll

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

A wonderful album! I saw them in Houston on their first American tour. I remember Bjork messing up a note while singing and making a face. Her voice was so singular. They had an unusual to me at the time stage set up with the drummer off to one side. I also saw Sigur Rós on their first American tour, and when I went to Iceland, people were impressed that I knew about them so early.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

First track - had Bjork heard this before recording Big Time Sensually? Holy shit. Just glanced at the album notes and these guys are Icelandic. So yes, Bjork had definitely heard this before recording Big Time Sensuality. Second track is also strongly Bjorkish in vocal vibe. I mean, the music isn't, but the vocals sure are. Hah. Reading the notes more, the lead singer IS Bjork! What a journey of discovery! The album is great. Can really see the evolution of Bjork as a singer and artist. I wonder if the rest of the band have gone on to other stuff?

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

I bought this record ON CASSETTE as a young teen after reading a review in Thrasher magazine. At the time, I would never have predicted Björk would become a world-wide sensation. Instead, it was just a great college radio record from an obscure Icelandic band I read about in a magazine. None of their other records quite hit like this one for me and it still sounds fresh, sweet and a little creepy.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Surprisingly great and entertaining rock album

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Good album some great tracks. Different vocals keep it fresh

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

La loquita ya venía haciendo de las suyas desde entonces.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

great one, fast and straight to the point. very enjoyable

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this unknown alternative rock band has such an identity in their music.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

Björk band!!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

I had no idea Bjork was in a weird post-punk band before going solo. This album kinda rules.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Unexpected hit. Bjork's vocals really made the chaos shine. Sounds like a love child between the Cranberries and the B52s.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

80s poppy rock, some songs were great

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Funky Icelandic rock

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Mon May 10 2021
4

This is extremely up my alley, it's some weird upbeat alternative rock stuff with Bjork singing.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Great album!

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

love love love

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Tue May 18 2021
4

was very chaotic but i kinda liked it. the band björk was in

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Great sound

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

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.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

really not that bad. 4 is a bit of a stretch but 3 is too little. Will check them out more

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

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.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

pretty cool i wish it was longer. love bjorks voice

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

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!

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

What a voice. Bjork is a revelation and the music and songs are great too. 3.75 🌟

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Björk is on fire.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

-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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

A truly unique take. Interesting to hear a more poppy side of Björk.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Bjork heeft zo een toffe stem! Maakt me helemaal vrolijk! Graaf album!

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Deze vind ik leuk! Ga ik nog wel vaker luisteren.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Cool, enjoyed this a lot

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Really enjoyed. Bizarre and fascinating, loved the mischievous feel and rhythms.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Enjoyed this one, different in a good cool edgy way. The Bjork vocals are great

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Extremely enjoyable. Björk's vocals are incredibly unique.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Iso peukku, positiivinen yllättäjä

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

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!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

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.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

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.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

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.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

A joy to hear this!

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

What a voice. Bjork is a revelation and the music and songs are great too. 3.75 🌟

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

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*

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Sun May 15 2022
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.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

A 'kids in the dressing up box' of an album, but it just works.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Very interesting album. As always, Bjork is perfect. On the drum side, it feels like Neil Peart playing in a post-punk band and it's really cool. Among the other musicians, I feel a strong desire to innovate. However, it looks like a young group whose best is yet to come, with songs just not yet fully developed or compositions not strong enough. It's hard to rate this album. I feel in a good mood: 4 stars.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Bjork!

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

I don’t even really fully understand why, but… I really like this album. I know I shouldn’t. It’s just so odd it’s appealing. And I enjoy the music. Birthday is one of my favorite songs. I don’t mean just on the album, I mean favorite songs. Bjork’s vocals bridge ethereal and gutteral and it works for me.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

The Sugarcubes: great band with a one of a kind incredible lead singer and a sometimes secondary lead singer who wishes he was Frank Black. Rilo Kiley: great band with a one of a kind incredible lead singer and a sometimes secondary lead singer who wishes he was Elliott Smith.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Damn fine album. Post-punk meets 80s synth pop. Bjork catches a lot of slack, but like Yoko Ono, her skill is in her range and this album doesn't suffer as a result. This is a revisit-worthy album. 4/5.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Obviously Bjork. But also the drumming in this is really fun and exciting. The sense of humor of everyone in the band is notable throughout the album. Listening to the Icelandic lyrics is also fun, despite not understanding any of the words.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I really disliked when the guy sang/talked but wow I was really into bjork’s voice, never listened to her before. I can see how she was influenced by that early 80s new wave alt rock female vocal style, but she totally builds on and surpasses it. I don’t usually like this genre but bjonk makes it cool

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I will become a cowboy 🤠 Cool album with Bjork and some early alt rock sounds

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Love this. Björk's voice is so unique and the sugar cubes really rocked. Not heard any of these songs before (I think Hit is the only one of theirs I know). Good fun.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Icelandic pop perfection

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Bjork is great as always

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

This is cool glimpse into early Bjork - you can really hear some of the same themes that she returns to for Human Behavior many years later.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Caught me off guard. Really enjoyed this.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Wel degelijk, maar vrouwenstemmen blijven niet helemaal mijn ding.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Yeah

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Has this uncomfortable vibe of two strangers next to you on the bus talking out loud about the most specific pornographic stuff. Great album though

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

4.0 - Having been a Björk fan, I was eager to explore the Sugarcubes but I made the mistake of purchasing their other, more critically acclaimed "Here Today..." record. I hated Einar Benediktsson's obnoxious spoken contributions, shouting about dumb shit like lobster and shrimp. Too whacky. But on this debut record, Benediktsson's contributions are far less distracting. I can actually appreciate the warbly interplay of guitar and drums on "Birthday" where Björk breathily sings about a girl who "threads worms on a string" and "keeps spiders in her pocket." Björk's weirdness is front-and-center without that other wanker crowding her out.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Peel of the high gloss layers of 80's rock and you'll find Björk! A women I'd prostrate myself before and pledge my undying devotion if only she'd song sweetly in my ear.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Fun, Bjork before the extreme arty experimentation. Includes the wonderful Birthday and I really like the music and groove of Blue eyed pop even if it a complete ironic send-up.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

I wonder what a mix of this would sound like if you removed Einar's shouty vocals?

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Björk's singing just got my heart. This album is so strange, upbeat, so many different things going on, very good.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Odmah sam rekao da mi se album cover ne sviđa. Čitajući o albumu, općenito jer mi je glas bio nekako poznat, i gle vraga, Björk je na albumu, to je njen bend prije nego što je ošla u solo vode. Interesting, interesting indeed! Album nije imao baš neki najbolji opener, ali što je kasnije išlo - razvezale su se pertle i krenula je dobra glazba ispadati iz zvučnika (ignorirajući nekad muški glas jer većinom nema baš šta posebno za reći, a Björk je ukrala show, odlična.)

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Bjork’s first band and that’s all I really know to be honest and from the first track (traitor) you can tell this thing is wired with male spoken word vocals backed by Bjork’s beautiful screaming. The rest of the of the album does mostly tone down after though. I think her singing is definitely not something that appeals to everyone that hears it but I’ve really enjoyed it, I also think that while she obviously goes in a more experimental pop direction Bjork’s music is quite grounded in the formalities of rock music so to hear her in a rock band was cool. If I had to call out specific best tracks on the album they would probably be: traitor, delicious demon, mama, coldsweat and deus! But honestly, I like all of the tracks especially when they get weird 4/5!

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

It's so jarring hearing Bjork singing in something that isn't hyperpop, but it still goes hard

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Prefs: Traitor, Motorcrash, Birthday, Delicious Demon, Deus, Sick for Toys, F***ing in Rythm and Sorrow Moins pref: Take Some Petrol Darling

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Never have managed to get into Bjork - but I really liked this, so maybe I'll give her another go too. Really liked Motorcrash, Delicious Demon and Coldsweat. Not so keen on Birthday - it's a bit shouty (which is fine, just not for me!)

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Fuck. That was good! Great find.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Tof en grappig album. Doldwaze hoes ook

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Ok

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Did not know this was bjork until the second song. This album was great. I adore the song “Birthday”.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Bit odder than I thought... maybe requires a revisit!

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Wed Nov 04 2020
3

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?

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Tue Sep 15 2020
3

It was interesting but not for me

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

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.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

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.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Interesting to hear Bjorks early work but not really for me

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Wed Jan 06 2021
3

3 star

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

A couple of good songs. Bjorn is weird.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Está bueno. Aunque la prefieero más tripiadilla

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Me gustó. Pero eso es todo.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

I love punk chicks screaming into the mic. This is fun.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Birthday was good and a few others. Bjork's voice was the strength.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Some interesting things here, but to chaotic for my taste

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

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...

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

false

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

Indie

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Hey bjork had a rock band, who knew? I like it

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Komm ich nicht klar mit

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Dragon brought this up to a 3, but otherwise lackluster alt rock

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Post punk vibes, avantgarde pop, catchy melodies, strong production. A great way to say hi from Bjork indeed

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Post punk Icelandic sounds of Bjork and her mob. Not bad hey

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

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.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

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.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

Surely the best of the best out of the 1980s Rekyavik altrock scene

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Enjoyable

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

3/5

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

og bjork. fun listen. fav songs: birthday, delicious demon. 2.5/5 stars

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Fri May 07 2021
3

It was music

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Bjork is instantly recognizable. I enjoyed the album and glad it found me.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

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.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

The lead singer sings with a lot of passion, sometimes with too much

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Wed May 26 2021
3

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

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

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.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

lets be honest, its only good cause of Bjork

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Pretty good. Was expecting way weird with Bjork. Icelandic punk.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

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.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

An expression of love through the act of stomping a puppy to death.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Nice singing but this is not the right music for me. Have not listened to so much Bjork before.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Was ok

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Knew the “Pain and Sorrow” song, but not the others. Fun punk vibe with Bjork’s unmistakable voice. These guys had fun making this.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

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.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Alright, didnt realise Björk was in a band before her solo career

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Fun listen

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Thu May 20 2021
3

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.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Meh

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Fun 80’s pop rock vibes. Definitely not how I expected a band with Bjork in it to sound Favourite track: “Delicious Demon”

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

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.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

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.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Really enjoyed this. Vaguely familiar with bjorks solo work, but first time listening to The sugar Cubes, will listen again.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Good musically. Great vocally. Lyrics left me a little flat.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

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.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

I feel like I'm too stupid to understand or appreciate this album hahaha

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Udemærket rock album med Bjork i front. Dog ikke helt min smag. Skal nok høres nogle flere gange, hvis det skal fænge. 3.5

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Interessante punk, pop dream da Islândia.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Bjork's vocals - 5*. Random German sounding fella - 1*. OK rock elevated by Bjork's vocals.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

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.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Quirky Iceland indie-ska-swing-pop really only noteworthy for Bjork’s incredible vocals.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

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.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

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.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

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.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

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.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

All about the Björk and the music.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

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

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Weird stuff! Poppy new wave liberally sprinkled with Björk. I gave this three listens and still don't really know what to make of it... Fave track - "Delicious Demon", maybe? Sounds like a Björky B-52s track!

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Interesting to hear the genesis of Bjork, couple hints of B52s all up nothing special

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Got weird as fuck at times. It's a vibe that I enjoyed quite a bit.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Another nice dig. Cool post punk stuff. Bjork voice is really nice. I will give an ear on their others albums and more related stuff

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Very good post-punk stuff and you begin to see a glimpse of what's coming for the 90s. Björk's voice and presence is just amazing.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

It's nice to see where Björk comes from and this is rather good but let's be honest, nobody would care about it if it wasn't for her. Musically, this is standard post-punk that owes everything to Björk's fabulous voice and personality. More of a "for fans only" album than an essential one, me thinks.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Such an interesting sound. Bjork is very unique! Birthday is really great. Motorcrash isn't bad either. I can get into this, but it might take a few more listens.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Meh. Nothing on here was terrible until we got to the song in Icelandic with the death metal vocals, but I did not love it. Sounds like the Go Gos a bit. I won’t be listening to this again.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

My favorite Icelandic band. Ok - short list. At the time of its release, writers had difficulty in categorizing the music. Not so sure why. Sounds like post-rock to me and I would argue Siouxsie and the Banshees are the closest comparable, with the idiosyncratic Bjork being the difference. I liked this quite a bit when it was released, but three decades on it doesn't work as well for me.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Give me all the Björk tbh.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Did not realize that this was Björk’s old band. Easy to see why she popped out of this, which sounds like Birthday.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Bjork is a true force

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Interesting to hear a young Bjork in a band context. They're quirky little fuckers, those Eskimos.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I’ve got to revisit this one, a lot of it I’m not super interested in. But the Icelandic songs are quite good imo, the English ones just seem quirky though

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Bjork is singer. Indie rock, interesting.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Wow. It took me a song or two to realize that the female singer was Björk. Some interesting tunes in there, definitely its own vibe. The spoken word stuff didn't really do it for me. Probably could do with another listen, just not sure if I'll ever get to it. Stand out tracks: Birthday, Motor Crash.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

i love bjork ! so wonderfully weird. i liked birthday and cold sweat but didn’t get to finish the album :/ - i am manifesting so hard i’ll be able to see pitch perfect 💀💀 ik i’m being annoying but i literally do not care. i HAVE to have something to look forward to or i will go insane bc literally nothing has worked out in my favor this entire year i am in turmoil despite my immaculate appearance🤨

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Already ranked before I joined my group. 'Birthday' is really the stand out hit. Despite repeated listens and loving some of the song titles, I'm still nonplused.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

very cool

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Top 3 Songs: 1 - Birthday (3) 2 - Coldsweat (6) 3 - Deus (8)

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I have mixed thoughts on Björk (Vespertine is great though). This album was kind of all over the place - good songs, forgettable songs, goofy songs.. for something that only lasts 30 minutes, that's pretty impressive.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Very Bork forward

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

I'm not that partial to solo Bjork, but I do like poppy Bjork. This level of interesting and quirky is better suited to my taste. 3.5 stars.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Pretty interesting album. Bjork really carries the album here. I do think that the mix is pretty bad at times, with the vocals being too quiet to understand compared to the instruments.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Bjork's early efforts before going solo. This would be her first proper breakthrough, as The Sugarcubes gave their own Icelandic spin on post-punk. She proves herself to be a very powerful singer here, working well with with the full-band compositions. I already anjoy Bjork, and I enjoy post-punk too, so this should be a shoe-in, right? Mostly. I definitely like the sound and Bjork's signature contributions, but the songwriting was a bit too weak for it to be memorable, though this only seems to be a problem with the middle songs. I think Sugarcubes has enough Icelandic weirdness (along with a healthy does of Bjork) to make their post-punk notable enough for listeners. Cool album!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

With the caveat that "Birthday" is a great song, this was overrated them and remains so today. And it has provided a foundation for the steady overrating of Bjork down the years. If the band truly started out as a joke, one wonder whom it's been on.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Birthday is a corker, the rest a mixed bag but not a controversial point to suggest that the better moments are when Einar enjoys some moments of reflective silence and allows Bjork to do her stuff.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
3

This album tried to make the most of the time it was released in, but by now it doesn't really cut it. I can, however, see a future for the band's singer, she has a wonderful voice.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

A lot of shouting

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Not great

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

not really a fan, punky i guess not unpleasant just not my thhing

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

B52s but More annoying

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Thu May 27 2021
2

boring

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

Im sticking with my 2/5 rating, it was noise rock, and while there were some ok songs, overall, it was a mess.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Bjork's voice is ethereal. Much better than Sigur Ros, but I might only listen to this album once a year.

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