valeska_ | The Pacific Northwest | 10/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sent to music school at the age of 5, and at the age of 11 released her first album. But, she felt funny about it, 'cause it wasn't her work. Then she got involved in punk. Shows GREAT video of Einar Orn in Purrkur Pillnikk and Bjork in Tappi Tikkarass, and shows her book Um Urnat! And clips from the Kukl video "Anna"! Then the Sugarcubes, one of the first people they talk to is Beck, who discusses hearing Birthday for the first time.. the video for "Birthday" is shown. Then Bjork moves on to her solo career, looking for new challenges. She collaborates with Graham Massey, on songs she had written since childhood. It shows an adorable clip of her singing "The Anchor Song" accompanying herself on an old pedal organ, in a little church. With gorgeous sights of Iceland. She explains the mood of each album: Debut is like a polite new-comer, and Post is like a wide eyed girl consumed by the city and the city is consuming her. She talks about the story of Isobel, called Isobel, because of the ISO-lation. Elton John says: "A lot of people who aren't that musical, say "oh it's a lot of rubbish, it's noise", but it's not, it's extremely clever. And it's far more sophisticated then most things that are out there, by a hundred thousand times." (Agreed!)According to Bjork, Homogenic is about a person put in an impossible situation, with a lot of pressure. She'd work 16 hours a day, rarely with a day off. Homogenic is like a warrior, not one with weapons, but one with love. Homogenic was like a "blue period" for her. She discusses Joga, like a national anthem with patriotic strings. She collected actual volcanic beats, for the song. RZA dicusses Norse mythology with surprising insight. About how Iceland is filled with such fascinating mythology, about the different deities. And how Bjork is kind of a "warrior princess" :-) Bjork discusses that she thought she was at first an atheist, but then she matured and realized she did have a religion, nature. She discusses her love hate relationship with classical music.
Then onto Dancer in The Dark. Just seeing and hearing the clips made me choke up. That movie is so sad. She's not a trained actor, she worked by instinct. And Sean Penn point's out "If someones preserves their instinct from a young age, training becomes an inhibitor"And of course, it discusses the swan dress, and Elton John expresses his wrath about the critisism it got, AGREED!Bjork: "The girl in Dancer in the Dark, was very introverted and kind of heard of all these noises in her head, like a locked universe". And Vespertine is about an internal world, what happens under her skin. Shows the videos for Pagan Poetry Cocoon..and Bjork discusses Icelandic passion.Then the film tells about how she has now left Europe and settled in New York, and shows her working on a computer with her microbeats. And she discusses Matmos. And Matmos talk about their interesting collaboration with her, and shows them on the Vespertine tour. Lastly shows her singing Generous Palmstroke. She says when people were asking what kind of music she did, she said "some kind of modern folk music".:-)Throughout when they talk to her, she's so sweet and funny. Often making jokes. She has a cute laugh.. I was kind of disappointed they didn't talk to Einar Orn, but oh well. Certainly can't complain!
I was absolutely bursting, It made me love her even more. She's my favorite artist and no one on earth can equal her, she's unparalleled. She's genuine, uncorrupted and uncliched. Great item for the curious or a necessity for the obsessed (like me). Good price too. Money well spent. Buy it!"
Bjork on the Inside
Matt Toscani | Wayne, PA United States | 07/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD documentary is a treasure to have. I am biased...but i love when Bjork is shown as an everyday person, working. I think this DVD shows 90 % of who Bjork is and why she makes the kind of music she makes. Next time someone says: "Oh , yeah...that chick who wore a swan for a dress"....shown them this DVD and watch them humbley realize that the surface of an artist is far less interesting compared to what lies inside. Plus, the performance at the very end is simple, pensive, and intimate....that alone is worth having this DVD!!! :)"
Jocelyn Stewart | eureka, california United States | 08/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"not one of the best björk documentaries, but it's pretty darn good. it focuses on the early years of her musical career, all the way up to today. it is jam packed with info, and rare footage of her punk days.the very best part of the dvd is the end, where she sings an acapella version of generous palmstroke. this 30 seconds makes the whole dvd. i have never heard a voice that powerfull come out of such a tiny body. she really is amazing, in every way possible.the only thing i don't really like about the dvds are the "interviews" with famous björk fans. elton john, sean penn, missy elliot.. i love them all, but i really think it would have been nice to hear from her fans. everyday regular people. not to say that elton, missy and sean aren't fans, but it would make it a bit more personal, and i'd be much more interested in listening to someone like me talk about her. that's all :)i hope this made sense! :)"
A five star documentary for a five star artist!
Matt. | New Jersey | 08/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It may be short, but this is one of my favorite Bjork DVD's that I own - and there are a lot!!! "Inside Bjork" is a very well done hour-long documentary covering Björk's childhood, first bands, and solo career. It includes interviews from Bjork herself, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Sean Penn, Missy Elliot, and many more!"