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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very creative and well though out project
It has been four years since Bjork released her last record "Volta" and during this hiatus, she has concentrated on recording her latest offering "Biophilia". There is a significant difference in sound between these two records which is a sign of Bjork's continuous growth as an artist. "Volta" was much more up-tempo and joyful, whereas "Biophilia" is very dark and...
Published on 18 Oct. 2011 by Amillionmiles

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3.0 out of 5 stars Exile On The Record Racks
That Bjork ever troubled the charts can be seen to be some kind of bizarre moment, a brief five year glimmer in the eyes of the world, where a wayward muse collided with a open media, and a handful of very good pop songs brought her to a world larger than the Sugarcubes. With every release of the past decade, from "Selma Songs" to now, Bjork has moved ever further into...
Published on 18 Oct. 2011 by Mr. M. A. Reed


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5.0 out of 5 stars A genius at work, 26 Jun. 2014
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By far one of Bjork's most ambitious projects (which is saying something), Biophilia promises to bring together music, nature and technology. It sounds impossible, but she makes it happen in her own unique, beautiful way, without losing any of her genius musicality. However fascinating the design and concept of each song may be, at their core remains emotive lyrics and fantastic instrumentation.

The artwork and quality of the packaging for the Vinyl edition are stunning, even by Bjork's high standards.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Bjork album to date, 12 Oct. 2011
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Angular Square (The Outer Darkness) - See all my reviews
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Yeah,I like this. It is odd, experimental,beautiful,unsettling and uncompromising. It is also gloriously humourous and loopy( in a good way ). Indeed,the strength of this lies in the fact that she does not yield to any expectation,commercial or musical.She makes music for herself,Dont let this put you off though there are some really beautiful,memorable melodies,harmonies and orchestrations here that do stay in your head.

This is a particularly rich,multi-layered album,where you just dont know what what you will hear next.Maybe not everything works-as is always the case with this artist but that's the price you pay for the stuff that does work.Some of the sounds are unique and indescribable so I wont try,but the vision and intelligence of the creator are apparent throughout.Dark Matter is really creepy highlight also Hollow stands out as something quite unique.Lyrically,we go from mythology to geology,and from cosmology to biology. Not an album to be consumed while commuting or at the gym-this deserves more attention. Comfy chair, good headphones and no distractions.

I cannot recommend this to everyone though.I suppose it could seem too baffling and wierd to the more conventially-minded.This album is normal for Bjork though, and follows the trajectory already established by Drawing Restraint 9 and to a lesser extent, Volta. One of the better Bjork albums and an amazing sounding piece of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it time., 21 Oct. 2011
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Jesper Ullum Sundien "October" (Denmark.) - See all my reviews
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This is a very powerful album, and takes time to listen to, but so is it with every good music. It will grow like it's alive.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bigger Picture, 10 Oct. 2011
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The Wolf (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Biophilia (Audio CD)
How does one measure genius. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
Bjork has been with us for long enough now to know that she would never be one
to take the easy option and therein lays her strength and her uniqueness.
Some of this doubtless comes from the strange and magical land in which
she was born; a country seismically never-still and ever-changing but our
origins can only ever account for a very small part of who we are and what we
might become. Her boundless creativity and imagination are a matter of spirit
as much as blood and bone. Composer, explorer, chameleon; she is all of these!

The arrival of 'Biophilia' is a hugely important event for the listening world.
Everything that has gone before seems, now, to have been leading up to this.
The distillation of her long-held preoccupations coalesces in music so acutely
honed as to quite take our breath away. Her muse is nothing less than EVERYTHING!

Those of a more technically able disposition will doubtless have already
immersed themselves in the complexities of the project's associated multi-
media satellites. This Old Wolf (a renaissance beast at heart!) will attempt
to examine the music without its mind-bending scaffolding, for, innovation
aside, it is the music which really matters and what wonderful music it is!

There are ten pieces in the collection (an additional three...two re-workings
of 'Hollow' and 'Dark Matter' and a further composition, 'Naturra',
featuring the skills of British electronic wunderkind Matthew Herbert...
appearing on the "Collectors Edition"). It is, in every sense, a revelation.

Bjork has always possessed an innate ability to gaze inside and outside
simultaneously and connect the dots but the continuum between micro and
macro, singular and universal, have never been more convincingly demonstrated.
'Biophilia' is a cosmic suite of sorts. The interrelationship between the
songs has a palpable organic presence; the sense of the whole questioning as
much as it is wonderfully coherent. From the silver nocturnal light of opening
track 'Moon', to the delicate stripped-down conclusion of 'Solstice', we
feel the great sense of an infinite beyond as well as the smell of the
solid earth beneath our feet! One woman's journey to this double-frontier
becomes our own. There is an age-old quality to many of these compositions;
they seem to have sprung fully-formed from the stars and the soil.

Perhaps most remarkable is the way in which the vocal arrangements have
been conceived; eclipsing even 2004's 'Medulla' in their rich complexity
and variation. Whether in the multi-layered use of her own voice ('Thunderbolt'),
or breath-taking choral expositions ('Cosmogony' and 'Mutual Core'), they are
never anything less than a thrilling elemental presence. The juxtaposition
of acoustic instruments and innovative electronics, too, seems inevitable.

'Cosmogony' is, perhaps, the finest song Bjork has written in her career.
The shifting harmonies, warm brass and sublime melody reach deep inside
us, tear at our hearts and our guts and move us beyond measure. A song to
make us feel more alive; a song to accompany us on life's convoluted path.

'Virus', a stunning invention, combining tuned-percussion and gentle beats,
supports a delightful vocal performance and becomes another delicate
and mesmerising highlight. So too the icy chorus of 'Crystalline' and
its cataclysmic rhythmic coda. The compressed and haunting presence of
'Dark Matter' is almost suffocating in its uncompromising intensity and
the plodding martial soundscape of the no-less troubling 'Hollow' bears down
on us like a great lumbering shadow. The use of organ is quite brilliant!
The aforementioned 'Mutual Core' is an emotionally shattering tour de force
which makes the very ground quake beneath our feet. Nature unleashed!

If Bjork did not exist it would be unlikely that we could even begin to
invent her. With this monolithic album her place in the illustrious
pantheon of musical history is guaranteed. A magnificent achievement!

Essential.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exile On The Record Racks, 18 Oct. 2011
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Mr. M. A. Reed (Argleton, GB) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Biophilia (Audio CD)
That Bjork ever troubled the charts can be seen to be some kind of bizarre moment, a brief five year glimmer in the eyes of the world, where a wayward muse collided with a open media, and a handful of very good pop songs brought her to a world larger than the Sugarcubes. With every release of the past decade, from "Selma Songs" to now, Bjork has moved ever further into her own orbit, including the ultimate alienation of the minimal "Medulla". With great money comes great freedom, including, for Bjork, the freedom to do whatever you like surrounded by employees who agree with you. Perhaps a somewhat harsh perspective on the circumstances, but then again, Bjork has clearly gone way into her own world.

"Biophilia" is an organic record : the breaths between the words are not excised, the warmth of the room shimmers. With minor exceptions where machines whirr and drums pulse and electronics throb, this album is the product of a mostly extinct age - unique, custom-made instruments and bizarre technology, coupled with esoteric, disconnected melodies and verses - and though Bjork's voice is a thing of wonder, and as an instrument it is just another ingredient on the largely featureless landscape that is the album ; made as it is of ethereal, detached, barely-memorable songs that no doubt have been crafted exhaustively by an artist following their muse, it also gets boring - a selection of endless, somewhat identikit songs with barely discernable lyrics, unmemorable vocal melodies, and fractured glimpses of whatever Bjork brought to popularity fifteen years ago. The recent Bjork material, with the emphasis on woodwind, pipe, and ancient tin clattering, leaves me cold and even, to be honest, bored. There's little of this music that has any relevance to anyone but herslef and her shrinking, self-sufficient community, where perhaps great artists exist in isolation - but being in self-chosen exile isn't always the place you want to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just. Love. It., 16 Oct. 2013
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I was introduced to this album by a TV documentary about its making.
I was drawn to the wonderful technical innovations intertwined with representations of natural universal phenomenon that Bjork brings to her music.
The snippets of music in the documentary were indeed the appetiser for the fully satisfying, delicious main course and dessert that are served up in this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure, 6 Oct. 2013
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RogerR (England, UK) - See all my reviews
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The singer and I am on quite the same wavelength, but on the whole I really like this album.
There's no doubting her talents, but to really appreciate this one you need to really listen. It's not a work to listen to with half an ear - it demands your full attention. It's inventive, intricate in places, and often quite enchanting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!, 19 Mar. 2013
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The concept, lyrics, music and production are supreme! This, I believe, proves her to be the most important active popular music artist. Not for everyone, this is a challenging album in parts, (which all good art should be). Bjork is pushing the boundaries of popular music and I cannot wait to see where she goes next! Incredible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars weirdly amazing, 24 April 2014
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Well it is Bjork not sure why that would be a surprise. Enjoyed the documentary on the making of this album so got it and there many tracks that stick in your mind. And if you told me a new favourite track would be about Volcanos...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 Nov. 2011
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Another fine album from the utter genius that is Bjork, a must listen, not just a gimick after all the crazy apps (which are also fun and highly recommended), the music on here is well made and has the usual subtle attention to detail that sets her apart from the crap in the mainstream.
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