Picks and Pans Review: Björk

updated 09/13/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/13/2004 01:00AM

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If you're looking for a CD to play the next time you' re prancing around the house in your swan dress, then this is it. On her follow-up to 2001's Vespertine, Björk makes quacky sounds that only her most diehard fans could appreciate. The disc is a conceptual work in which the Queen of Quirk defies vocal conventions by enlisting human beatboxers from around the world, classical singer/human trombonist Gregory Purnhagen and two full choral groups (the Icelandic Choir and the London Choir), among others. The result sounds like a bad science experiment on such cuts as the Gregorian chantlike "Where Is the Line." And you have to wait until the last track, the percolating "Triumph of a Heart," before the beats really kick in.

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