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Inspired both sonically and emotionally by the break-up of Björk's relationship with jungle star Goldie, Homogenic brilliantly juxtaposes strings and breakbeats to explore the dangerous heights and glacial depressions of that emotional landscape where love is at its most rarefied and intense. But while mid-'90s dance influences have dated its predecessor Telegram, the fractured loops here transcend any dance imperative, cracking through grand orchestral arrangements like fissures through pack ice. It's a serious and moody album, both angry and optimistic. The opening “Hunter” frames it as a search, where frustration with emotional cowardice (“Five Years,” “Batchelorette”) finds its match in a hope (“Alarm Call,” “All Is Full of Love”) that is anything but sentimental. Recorded in Spain with collaborators such as Mark Bell of LFO, veteran UK pop-electronica knob-twiddler Mark "Spike" Stent, Howie B. and the Icelandic String Octet, Homogenic marks the end of Björk's flirtation with dance and heralds her return to Iceland — the defiant early peak of an artist audibly finding both emotional and artistic maturity.