Telegram (album)

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Telegram
Bjork telegram.png
Remix album by
Released25 November 1996
Genre
Length47:13
LabelOne Little Indian
Producer
Björk chronology
Post
(1995)
Telegram
(1996)
Homogenic
(1997)

Telegram is the first full-length and second overall remix album by Icelandic musician Björk, released on 25 November 1996. The album is a collection of remixes of several tracks from her album Post, which had all previously appeared as B-sides of the UK versions of the singles off Post, except the "Enjoy" remix which was previously unreleased. The cover was shot by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki. All of the songs on Post were remixed, excluding "The Modern Things" and "It's Oh So Quiet". The collection also included one new song entitled "My Spine" which was originally slated to appear on Post but was pushed out by "Enjoy", becoming the B-side to the UK "It's Oh So Quiet" single instead. The album has sold 228,000 copies in US according to SoundScan.[3]

Content[edit]

For me Telegram is really Post as well but all the elements of the songs are just exaggerated. It's like the core of Post. That's why it's funny to call it a remix album, it's like the opposite. Telegram is more stark, naked. Not trying to make it pretty or peaceable for the ear. Just a record I would buy myself. Like a letter to myself. Sort of... "fuck what people think". It's a truth thing.

— Björk in an interview with Blah Blah Blah in 1996.[4]

The track listing was originally going to contain Talvin Singh's "Calcutta Cyber Cafe" mix of "Possibly Maybe" and Plaid's remix of "Big Time Sensuality".[5] The Japanese version does not include the original version of "I Miss You".

The original UK LP pressing contains an alternate third track, the "Further Over the Edge Mix" of "Hyperballad" as opposed to the more commonly heard "Further Over the Edge Mix" of "Enjoy". The remixes are nearly identical with the major difference being the chopped up vocals come from "Hyperballad" for the "Hyperballad" version and from "Enjoy" on the "Enjoy" version. To date the "Hyperballad (Further Over the Edge Mix)" is exclusive to the original UK vinyl pressing while the original CD pressing and all subsequent CD and vinyl pressings contain the more common "Enjoy" version.

Björk also declared that the release of Telegram meant the end of an era consisting of Debut and Post.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The A.V. Clubmixed[7]
The Guardian[8]
Los Angeles Times[9]
Pitchfork7.9/10[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[11]
Rolling Stone[2]
Select[12]
Spin[13]
USA Today[14]

The compilation was well received by music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote, "Telegram works as an excellent introduction to techno for alternative pop fans unsure of where to begin exploring."[15] According to CMJ New Music Monthly, musically the album contains "a real and surprising taste for recent trends in dance music".[16] Douglas Wolk of CMJ New Music Monthly felt the music of Telegram was "actually better than Post", describing the tracks as "well-considered reworkings".[16] The Rolling Stone Album Guide gave the album three and a half stars, and stated it "shed new light on the songs".[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Possibly Maybe" (Lucy Mix)Björk3:02
2."Hyperballad" (Brodsky Quartet Version)Björk4:20
3."Enjoy" (Further Over the Edge Mix)
4:19
4."My Spine"2:33
5."I Miss You" (Dobie Rub Part One – Sunshine Mix)
5:33
6."Isobel" (Deodato Mix)6:09
7."You've Been Flirting Again" (Flirt Is a Promise Mix)Björk3:20
8."Cover Me" (Dillinja Mix)Björk6:21
9."Army of Me" (Masseymix)
  • Björk
  • Graham Massey
5:15
10."Headphones" (Ø Remix)
  • Björk
  • Tricky
6:21
Initial UK vinyl pressing alternate track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."Hyperballad" (Further Over the Edge Mix[A])Björk4:20
US edition bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."I Miss You" (album version)
  • Björk
  • Howie B
3:59

Notes

  • A The record mislabels the song as "Enjoy" (Further Over the Edge Mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 59
US Billboard 200[18] 66

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 25 November 1996
United States 14 January 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Telegram -Björk at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Telegram". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Got charts? Creed, Eminem, No Doubt, 'NSYNC have something in common". MTV News. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Blah Blah Blah". bjork.fr. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  5. ^ Flick, Larry (28 September 1996). "Dance Trax". Billboard. In The Mix.
  6. ^ "The Bomb Changed my Life". Blah Blah Blah. 30 November 1996.
  7. ^ Thompson, Stephen (19 April 2002). "Björk- Telegram". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (29 November 1996). "Music: This week's Pop CD releases". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Scribner, Sara (12 January 1997). "Pop Music; Bjork 'Telegram,' Elektra: Home Edition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 August 2021 – via ProQuest.
  10. ^ "Bjork: Telegram: Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork. 15 February 2001. Archived from the original on 15 February 2001. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan (November 2004). "Björk". Rolling Stone. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. p. 3.
  12. ^ "New Albums". Select. January 1997. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  13. ^ Discography Björk. Spin. p. 74. Retrieved 14 June 2016. spin bjork telegram review.
  14. ^ Gundersen, Edna (22 January 1997). "Pop/Rock Album Review". USA Today. Archived from the original on 16 November 1999. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  15. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Telegram – Björk". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  16. ^ a b Wolk, Douglas (March 1997). "Björk / Telegram / Elektra". CMJ New Music Monthly. p. 12. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Björk | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Bjork Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 December 2018.

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