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updated 10/20/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/20/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Björk

One of the most endearing (and enduring) images from last June's Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York City was Reykjavik's Björk Gudmundsdóttir, clad in elegant scarlet brocade, jigging to an unlikely mix of techno beats and a live string section. At once at home and out of place, the impish Icelander warbled such delicately twisted songs as "All Neon Like," "Joga" and "Hunter" (all of which appear on this, her third solo album) with steely aplomb, like a peaceful emissary from another planet. Indeed, once a loopy novelty act, Björk now wears the global-pop mantle shouldered by Peter Gabriel in the 1980s. (Elektra)

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