Alarm Call (track) by Björk

Alarm Call by Björk
Year: 1997
From the album Homogenic (track #8)
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BJORK Alarm Call, VHS [NTSC] + 3 CD Box Set, 1999
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From 05/30/2014 01:37
The scream / growl at the end of the third chorus (or is it the verse? Structure of this song throws me off )... anyway, the note should be obvious toward the end... That is the only thing on record that I've ever just beat off to while listening (not just once). Sure many music videos have done this. But if you made me listen to a J Lo album or something and took away the video, you think I would even pop wood? Not likely. Anyway, BEST. VOCAL. EVER. obviously. She kind of does this earlier in the song, but holds back just a bit. That's a good place to start listening if you wanna build up steam ;-) ;-)

I almost forgot, there is a song here. Something about Buddhism and not running out of batteries... good stuff
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From 11/09/2013 20:28
Beep beep beep beep
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From 05/08/2013 11:20
"Alarm Call" lacks the substance of most of the tracks in this album. It's certainly one of the weakest on Homogenic, sometimes even tossed aside as unnecessary pop filler. And while it contrasts with the moving beauty and intrinsic complexity of the rest of the songs, there's still a special message delivered. Considering its upbeat pop beats and vocal styling, it's no wonder that "Alarm Call" was a single, as it would draw a larger audience, resulting in the exception that tracks not released as singles best some of the singles.

However, it is upbeat and pleasurable to listen to, and further indicates Bjork's multifaceted artistic expression. And as placed in its position, the album flows well. The narrator unabashedly states, without fear and with genuine affection, that she retains hope for the human race and love for life. Hope here represents the prospect of a an improved existence, a driving force that compels one to continue drawing breath.

The best line is:
"I want to go on a mountain-top
with a radio and good batteries,
play a joyous tune,
and free the human race from suffering"

It's really appropriate, considering Bjork approached music making much like, for example, did Bob Marley - with a continuous hope of inspiring her listeners. "Alarm Call" is this statement that "I believe music can change the world!".
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