Setlist

01. Le Petit Chevalier
02. Headphones
03. Army of Me
04. The Modern Things
05. Human Behaviour
06. Isobel
07. Venus as a Boy
08. Possibly Maybe
09. I Go Humble
10. The Anchor Song
11. Hyperballad
12. Enjoy
13. I Miss You
14. Crying
15. Violently Happy
16. It’s Oh So Quiet

Sur scène


 
 
Concert précédent : International Centre
date salle ou festival pays ville
25.01.1996 Wembley Arena Royaume-Uni Londres 12
Concert suivant : Garden Hall
 
 

Review

Eccentric Icelandic warbler in mass popularity shock

No wonder Björk lost her voice on her recent American tour. Considering how cruelly she treats it, she should have been mute for years. At Wembley Arena on Thursday, she tried to beat it into submission, testing its unique superpowers to their limits as if thinking : “OK, you could handle that shriek... let’s see what you make of this growl.”

She put on the same show as she did a few months ago at the Reading Festival, and which was reviewed here at the time. But to recap : Björk is enlightening and light-hearted, Icelandic and outlandish. Her four musicians stay in the background—very wise when you consider the speed at which she springs around. She has acres of stage, and a catwalk projecting into the crowd—and still you wonder if there’s enough room.

Musically, she tiptoes, frolics, skips and jumps across boundaries. You’d call her a true rock ‘n’ roll rebel, except that she appears less deliberately rebellious than completely unaware of the rules that constrain even the most iconoclastic punks. Discordant verses fly us away to scary, unknown landscapes ; then poppy choruses welcome us back, exhausted and exhilarated, to comfortable territory. “Venus as a Boy” is dressed in harpsichord frills, “Hyperballad” is decked out in bongos, accordion, and assorted bleeps and whistles. The arrangements are so extraordinary that they make her studio albums sound conventional : as conventional as the albums of any other mainstream chart act.

Because that is what is most amazing. Five years ago, if you had peered into the future and seen this concert, you’d never have believed that it was by a commercial pop star. But Björk sells millions of records, wins Brit Awards, and her electrifying charisma has arenas of 12,000 people cheering (“Sink chew,” she replies). And yet we shouldn’t underestimate her weirdness. We shouldn’t underestimate her, full stop.

Nicholas Barber - The Independent