I totally get it! As popular as her work might be, it’s totally an acquired taste. Not to mention that her more recent albums have been notoriously less accessible than her stuff from the 90’s. I guess, for me, my favorite sorts of singers are people like Sinead O’Connor, Frances Quinlan (from Hop Along), and Dave Longstreth because of how they are able to elicit an emotionality out of their performances through what would typically be seen as “flawed” technique – and Björk totally occupies that same space in my mind. There’s just something about the feeling I get when she goes in on a song like “5 Years” or “The Bachelorette” that always leaves me wanting to binge on more of her work.
Even then, despite loving all things art pop and eclectic singing, it literally took me years to finally get into Björk. What worked for me was listening to a bunch of her earlier singles (e.g. Hyperballad, Joga, Venus as a Boy), and then just diving into whichever album seemed the most appealing to me (Homogenic was my choice). After all that, I came out realizing that I did, in fact, love her music, but just had a lot of difficulty easing myself into it before.
If her stuff just isn’t for you, that’s totally cool and I get it completely. If, however, you think you want to keep trying to get into her work, I would recommend starting way earlier: Debut, Post, and Homogenic are often cited as the best starting points for approaching her music. Or perhaps you may want to check out some her older videos first, like the ones for “Hyperballad,” “It’s Oh So Quiet,” or “Venus as a Boy.” Just don’t force yourself to feel like there’s something you’re not getting if you find it just doesn’t appeal to you – opinions toward her music have been divisive since Debut!