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Experimental and homogenised

By PAULO SILVESTRE

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BJÖRK IS one of the names confirmed at the Festival Sudoeste TMN 2008 at Herdade da Casa Branca, Zambujeira do Mar, taking place from August 7 to 10.

Björk first came to fame as one of the lead vocalists of the avant-pop Icelandic sextet The Sugarcubes, but when she launched a solo career after the group split in 1992, she quickly eclipsed her old band’s status. Her first solo effort not only recognised her new artistic path, but it became an international hit, making her one of the 90s most unlikely stars.

Björk struck up a working relationship with Nellee Hooper, a producer who had previously worked with Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. The first result of their partnership was Debut, released in June 1993. The single Human Behaviour became a Top 40 hit in the UK.  At the end of the year, NME magazine named Debut ‘album of the year’. At the same time she won International Female Solo Artist and Newcomer at the BRIT Awards. Debut went gold in the US and platinum in the UK.

Her second album Post, was released in June 1995. It peaked at number two in the UK and number 32 in the US. Post matched its predecessor in terms of sales and appreciation, going gold in the US and helping her earn a second BRIT award for Best International Female Artist.

In 1996, Björk released Telegram, an album made of radical remixes of the whole Post album.

Homogenic, her most experimental studio work to date, followed later that same year and spawned many remix releases over the next few years.

In the spring of 2000, she was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her part in Lars von Trier’s Palme d’Or winning film Dancer in the Dark.

In 2001 she released Vespertine. After performing a few dates in 2003, Björk prepared herself for a demanding 2004, which included the release of her all-vocals and vocal samples-based album Medúlla and a performance of one of its songs, Oceania, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

The soundtrack to Drawing Restraint 9, a film by multimedia artist Matthew Barney, came in 2005. 2007’s latest album Volt,  returned to the more playful, percussive face of Björk’s music and included work with Timbaland, Toumani Diabaté, Antony Hegarty and an all-female Icelandic choir.

Check out her page on www.myspace.com/bjork