Björk launched Post’s kaleidoscopic mix of electronic and dance music, her inimitable voice, and fantastical, personal lyrics into a very different, almost alien post-grunge landscape. In 1995 Bush (the band) released Sixteen Stone, Slash’s Snakepit debuted with It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson for the first time, and Shannon Hoon died of a drug overdose. Elsewhere, Alanis brought us her Jagged Little Pill and the Pumpkins put out their vast double album, Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. (Also, remember the ubiquitous Beatles Anthology?)

Björk and the Pumpkins shared a sense of ambition, but Post’s eclectic hybridization put Ms. Guðmundsdótti in a very different section of the record store. It was natural progression from Debut. When asked about the title “Post,” she told us that one reason for that word is that, “I felt the album was the other half of Debut, so it made sense to call it Post — before and after kinda thing.” Musically, she says, “The people I collaborated with on Post were all people I was hanging out with in clubs in London. I had known them all for a while before we ended up working together.”

These collaborators included Nellee Hooper, Tricky, 808 State’s Graham Massey, and Howie B. The process was in-depth and collaborative; for instance, she co-wrote “Enjoy” with Tricky, for instance. In her track-by-track comments accompanying Enjoyed, she also discusses writing “Army Of Me” and “The Modern Things” with Massey before Debut.

Like the subjects of our previous tributes, Björk remains an active and forward thinking artist (um, have you seen the “Wanderlust” video?!). In her responses to our questions, she compared Post to Volta, the album she released last year.

For me, Volta is a similar album … The style of it is all styles, sailing around the world going to new places making new friends. It is a beginning of a new period. Then Homogenic — that came after — was something more stable. Post was looking, Homogenic was what I found. Volta is definitely looking, and I can feel my next one is going to be more centered.

While Björk continues sailing, searching out newer sounds, take a listen to how a dozen of our favorite artists — many of them bands we’ve told you To Watch in the last year — tackled her older ones. Liars deconstruct “Army Of Me” and up its distorted fuzz. No Age remove “It’s Oh So Quiet”’s choruses and big band, turning it into a melancholic Jesus & Mary Chain-tinged love song. El Guincho whittles “Cover Me” into pure rhythm with dark, spiraling, waterlogged loops and a steady snare hit.

One of the comp’s most adventurous reinventions comes via Pattern Is Movement, who update “Enjoy” by — ironically — stripping the song of the computerized beats and synth shrieks that made it forward thinking in its original form. The duo rearrange the instrumentation and the track’s harmonic structure, introducing half-steps to the verse, instrumental countermelodies to the chorus, and an overall sheen of paranoid, showtune-esque composition. For all that, Björk’s spirit remains.

Others approached their covers more faithfully, while still infusing their own spirit and aesthetic into the new arrangement. After reading each artist’s individual statement, you’ll understand the reverence and intelligence in which every contributor approached the Post songbook.

Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear notes that “I realized recently that Björk is probably my most listened to and adored artist thus far in my life” and Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox says, “Björk is an artist I love to admire and follow.” Mary and Rob of High Places note that “covering Björk is on par with covering other personal faves such as Morrissey, or Joni Mitchell, i.e., somebody who has become iconic/cult-status to their fans, and who also has such a distinguishable voice.” Or as No Age put it, “’It’s Oh So Quiet’ is such an amazing song … I think the original’s so incredible, so instead of trying to fit into its shoes, we used it as a jumping off point to inspire us to go towards something totally different.” Discussing the inspiration for his approach, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth writes, “I think what I took from Björk when I was obsessed with her in high school was her way with deconstruction. She writes these classic melodies but breaks them apart so that it’s sort of up to you as the listener to put them back together. The song ends up meaning so much more because of the effort you have to give to it.”

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Comments (114)
  1. Burt  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Very exciting! Congrats Stereogum

  2. Melissa  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    NO AGE!

  3. Excellent guys!!!
    congrats for this effort.

  4. tom  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    De très bon morceaux.
    bravo!!!!

  5. jp  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    wow! this is unbelievable! thank you, thank you thank you!!!

  6. fuck yes. liars and FF/ed droste tracks are brilliant

  7. Nicolai  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Superb you guys. Post is absolutely a must have album that deserves (maybe endless) recognition.
    I actually just repurchased a copy of Post not so long ago. The old CD was simply worn out. It had suffered too many parties.

  8. Ford  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Thank you ^ eleventy. Excellent set of covers.

  9. steve  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    So I’ve listened to the entire album, and I can say that there isn’t one track I even remotely dislike. This is definitely my favorite of the tribute albums you guys have put together, and probably one of my favorite tribute albums period. Every song is fucking awesome. You guys win. Thank you.

  10. llovio  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    muchas gracias desde españa!!!
    go on with the series,please!!!

  11. This is awesome, thanks dude!!

  12. Owen Pallet & Casey Daniel’s respective covers are outstandingggg.

  13. Ryan Catbird  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    HUSH?

  14. g234g3wa  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Best post ever?

  15. this cover album is brilliant. it captures the essence of bjork and allows different artists to take how they interpret one of the greatest experimental artists this world has seen. : )
    i love it!

  16. Dave  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Hush did a Bjork tribute album several years back that was really good. If you like this, you should check that out.

  17. Rich  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Unbelievable lineup guys, great work.. I can’t wait to give it a listen!

  18. Warren  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    This album makes a mockery of Bjork’s music. I enjoy many of these artists own material, but what they have done to her music is, frankly, disheartening. Most of the tracks aren’t even vaguely recognizable to the source material, and a good majority are just Bjork’s lyrics half-sung over noise. While I realize that these are covers and that the covering artists are given creative leeway to redefine these songs as they see fit, instead of creating something beautiful that showcases the songwriting genius of Bjork, they have instead stripped her works of all the passion and musicality that defines Bjork as an artist.

  19. Holy crap. I mean, the last two were good, but the lineup on this is amazing.

  20. Blengiglomenean  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    This is legend

  21. I’m surprised you guys didnt choose Homogenic instead. But being an enjoyer of Post, this should sound real good.

  22. This is the coolest thing this website has ever done.

  23. ffk H  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    I HAVE TO AGREE WITH WARREN! i absolutely adore both the dirty projectors and bjork, but this is embarassing!

  24. utensilman  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    I’m only 2 tracks in and I don’t see what’s so wrong with the Dirty Projectors track…I mean, the man’s voice is delightful and the production’s real fun. What more would you need than a well produced, left of center meditation on an irreproducable song? I mean, you can’t out-Bjork Bjork, and c’mon, Liam Lynch has tried.

  25. Great job on the cd!! I love the sight, you run a tight ship.

  26. Jax  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Possibly maybe is fantastic!
    Definitely upto par with the original
    Still getting to grips with the others
    But Possibly Maybe was the one that grabbed me the most

    I’d pay to hear a Felt Mountain tribute
    PAY!

  27. it’s all so very awesome, so much so that it deserves a proper release!

  28. Pedro  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Thank you so much for this gift! I am Enjoying it with my headphones.

  29. Ak  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Hyper-ballad
    Hyper-ballad
    Hyper-ballad

  30. Nico  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Your site totally gets it. Thanks for giving us something we actually want.

  31. trollman dan  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    this decade is worse than the 80s or the 70s. thanks for pointing that out stereogum, and passing over what could have been a good move with NMH/aeroplane. although I’m not sure I”d like to hear that album ruined like this. I bet bjork is pissed, and/or unmoved

  32. thank you

  33. Jill  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    How amazing are you guys for doing this? very. thanks ever so much.

  34. And the artwork is just amazing!

  35. i think my favorite is possibly maybe and liars and evangelicals and white hinterland and atlas sound and el guincho

    oh damn it’s all good (minus xiu xiu )

  36. Did anyone think “April Fool’s!” at first?

  37. Jesus  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    It is like Post vs. Medulla
    I like it alot

  38. juanita von mendezarro  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    I really enjoy this collection of mashup remakes. The only thing (cuz i gotta just say it) in It’s Oh So Quiet, the lyrics are ” This guy is gorge (as in gorgeous) and i got hit!” not “This guy is George (as in Washington) and I got hit!”

    It’s kinda of funny in that Jetto Blaster kinda way…

    Good work stereogum and musicians! You always keep me hummin’

  39. Georgeous  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    Very nice album. Nothing like some poppy avant garde on a sunny afternoon.

  40. suxin  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    some of these are strikingly good. i’m totally blown away. i don’t think i’ve ever heard a decent, not to mention enjoyable, bjork cover in my life. now some of these, granted, do suck. but some of them are so intriguing….i’m so impressed and happy!

  41. Brilliant¡

  42. I really wanted to like this… I settled for reviewing it, in case anyone’s interested: http://www.last.fm/user/Richaod/journal/2008/04/2/690230/

  43. Roos  |   Posted on Apr 2nd, 2008 0

    Regardless of whether or not you think these artist’s contributions have anything of value – it’s cool that stereogum (and the artists) goes out of their way to do this for us.

    In other words, say thank you and don’t be an ungrateful douchebag.

  44. JestaCat  |   Posted on Apr 2nd, 2008 0

    Thanks StereoGum for a brilliant project; and thanks to all the contributors (not least the musicians) who took time out to be a part of this.
    Takk! And well done!

  45. I also wanted desperately to like this album. I deeply appreciate the effort, and I hope that stereogum continues to put together groundbreaking projects like this for all of us to enjoy :)

    elephantwhale.blogspot.com

  46. AWESOME! JUST…THANK YOU!

    AN OBSESSED FROM ROMANIA.

    RESPECT.
    VLAD.

  47. Bjork is more human than human (to quote another song), it is amazing just that she exists in the profit-motivated music biz (it has a tendency to steamroll idiosyncratic talent), she looks awesome (she actually looks like my wife in that hint of exoticism), and her work will grow more powerful, rich, elegant and beautiful as the world runs down – certainly one reason being because this tribute album shines so equally brilliantly in its own light raising her original brilliance even higher, and in a funny way, easier to listen to, sort of like having Arthur C. Clarke interpreting David Boehm’s tomes on quantum physics and consciousness enfoldment. There, I said in too many words what can be said simply as – .in an earlier comment – fuckin A. Stereogum, you GO girls….

  48. Eva  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2008 0

    You’ve got to be kidding me!

    Björk Post is one of my favourite albums, there isn’t one song on it that I don’t like. This album however, I hate. I don’t see how this could ever be counted as a tribute because whatever the original song was, nothing but the lyrics remain in this version. I had thought that I would love these interpretations, but to say I was dissapointed is understating it.

  49. this release came to such a surprise to me. It is dear to me. I love Grizzly Bear & Final Fantasy’s “Possibly Maybe”… it’s dear, soft, pretty and oh-so eloquent. I love you ed.

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