This blog, like all good writing projects, is mainly for myself, but I am going to try to make it as rigorously outward-looking as possible. I like the idea of a fairly rigid structure that I have to break in, and an OeuvreBlog is both a huge project and a very manageable one. I think it will be exciting and weird, and I hope others enjoy it, too.

I chose Bjork because she is one of the few artists whose catalogue I not only know well, but have a strong emotional connection with. Bjork’s “first” album (the quotation marks are there for the purists) came out when I was fifteen, so I’ve been there since the beginning, and I have followed her career up until the present day. Her work has shaped and influenced the way I think about music and my life. Thus, exploring her work will help me reflect on why music is important to me, and I hope, for people in general.

I am also not an apologist for Bjork. She’s made some bad choices, and some boring ones. I don’t think I need to gloss over those. There will be sections of Vespertine where I will have nothing to say, and I’ll point that out. But that’s the fun of a project like this: tossing darts, as well as bouquets.

As for what will be included/not included: I have decided to concentrate on her “canonical” works. In other words, I’m writing about Debut, Post, Homogenic, Vespertine, Medulla and Volta. Bjork has a lot of “non-canonical” work and I want to cover some of it, but I decided I didn’t want to do every goddamn song the woman has stuck her finger in. That would just be pointlessly stupid.

So, for the non-canon stuff: I will do at least some of Selmasongs (I haven’t decided if I’ll do all of them, but I probably will). I will also do two songs off of Drawing Restraint 9, “My Spine” from Telegram, “Generous Palmstroke,” maybe one or two Sugarcubes songs, a live song or two, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m making up the rules, after all. I’m also thinking of doing a few surprises (hint for one of them: It’ll knock you out). Anything to do with Bjork, after all, has to be a little fun and unexpected.

Once again, I hope you find it as interesting as I do, and I look forward to any dismissive comments about how deeply wrong I am about tiny particulars.


4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Professor Batty  |  May 24, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    … what a great concept for a blog! I’m also a student/fan of B and what I’ve read here so far is intriguing… I’ll be back often, with comments when I have the time…

  • 2. Nicholas  |  May 27, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Great idea. And I would imagine compiling, much less reviewing, every B-side and out-of-print remix out there would take years (though the compiling part is a long-term effort of mine).

  • 3. Henry Gray  |  June 27, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    I think you’re very right in your review of Pagan Poetry.

    I love it so far.

  • 4. jacobschnabel  |  May 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I want more! Where did you go? 🙂


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