Song of the Day #4,382: ‘Big Time Sensuality’ – Bjork

My final 1993 selection comes from an artist I’ve tried to like without much success. Bjork last made a Decades appearance with her 2001 album Vespertine, an avant-garde sonic experiment that did nothing for me.

Back in 1993, Bjork released her debut album, called (appropriately enough) Debut. This was her first solo effort following a stint with the band The Sugarcubes. The band’s music was more conventional than her muse, prompting her to branch off on her own.

Debut is idiosyncratic, no doubt, but it’s far more accessible than other Bjork albums I’ve heard. Much of the record embraces house and dance music, but with a cerebral twist that works pretty well. It’s obvious why this remains her top-selling album to date.

I’m intrigued by artists who clearly have the ability to succeed by playing it straight but insist on narrowing their appeal by chasing something weirder. I guess that’s commendable, though if I don’t like the result it feels more like a waste of time and talent.

Bjork has certainly found plenty of critical acclaim following the path she’s on, at the expense of higher sales. I like this album enough to wish she’d be more of a sell-out.

This concludes my look back at 1993. Stay tuned for my next installment of the Decades series, when I’ll tackle 2003.

[Verse 1]
I can sense it
Something important
Is about to happen
It’s coming up

[Chorus 1]
It takes courage to enjoy it
The hardcore and the gentle
Big-time sensuality

[Verse 2]
We just met
And I know I’m a bit too intimate
But something huge is coming up
And we’re both included

[Chorus 1]
It takes courage to enjoy it
The hardcore and the gentle
Big-time sensuality

[Bridge]
I don’t know my future after this weekend
And I don’t want to

[Chorus 2]
It takes courage to enjoy it
The hardcore and the gentle
Big-time sensuality, sensuality

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,382: ‘Big Time Sensuality’ – Bjork

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    My perception is that the typical Bjork fan is an insufferable musical snob who looks down on the commoners who don’t get her brilliance. I am happy to live among those commoners.

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