1996: Elektra 61897-2
A very mixed bag. I certainly do love the Brodsky Quartet rendition of Hyperballad because not only is it interesting on its own, it adds to my enjoyment of the version on Post. And the LFO mix of Possibly Maybe that kicks the album off is a deliciously gooey and otherworldly/cybertwisted treat that nothing else here quite lives up to.
Having said that, I must also note that I am almost always fascinated by remixes (and especially drastic reworkings) because it is so interesting to hear what others find in a particular recording. Even Outcasts mix of Enjoy, which is mostly noise arranged in rhythmic patterns with only snippets of Björks voice recognizable here and there (and Graham Masseys tapping of Army of Me elements seems like that at first but improves), can intrigue me enough to keep it in my collection with just one refresher-listen. (But Headphones is as inaccessible for me here as it was on Debut, so thats not an absolutely perfect guarantee.)
The CD booklets photography, by Nobuyoshi Araki, is rich with moody ambience, and many of the images are absolutely gorgeous, but theres a creepy edge to some of it that seems to be on the verge of crossing over a line into Japanese-schoolgirl porn. At least thats my impression.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.