International Writers Magazine:Music
- Hammersmith Apollo, London Thursday 17th April 2008.
a fiery technicolour trible rave -
Bjork is back......... Come with her and enjoy the explosion of
It feels like a decade since Bjork has been on tour, I missed her
performance at Glastonbury hence the urgency to pay over the odds
for the tickets.
Like a whistful
dainty-like creature, she skips onto the stage in a childlike manner,
her outfit ever more colourful and vibrant, with shiny black leggings
- years of fashion creativity haven't faulted her one bit. Immediately
the audience are perched on the edge of their seats, watching, intently
to her every move. Eagerly keen to get a fresh insight into her creative
energies and the engaging bubble that surrounds her music.
Her love of house music and big beat became evident early on, strong
contoured lazers and light show, bouncing of every corner of the Apollo's
walls to everyone's excitement, I thought having seats would ruin the
interraction of being at her gig, but with a strong, engrossed audience
everyone began to stand up quite early on.
It has been four years since her last tour and what a powerful return
it was, her 11 piece Icelandic brass band complimented every song. She
was joined by Antony Hegarty from New Yorker's, Anthony & The Johnsons
and Toumani Diabate, the internationally famous Malian Kora player,
he performed with Bjork on one song, mixed with percussion, brass and
heavy dance beats, it was a mesmerising combination of instruments,
orchestrated and led by Bjork's powerful vocal presence. In essence
I found the whole performance incredibily moving, but a little let down
by some of the setlist.
Some of her more memorible songs from the album 'Debut' were vacant
from the setlist, however, the depth's of emotion and energy present
in 'Hunter' and 'Army of Me', cemented the intensity of the gig. A wonderfully
orchestrated performance, with plenty of confetti showered over the
audience, lazers strong enough to blind you and a crazy combination
of musicians all brought together in pure Icelandic musical harmony.
© Carly Mclain June 2008
Carly is a graduate from the University of Portsmouth Creative Arts
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