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Biophilia
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on 20 January 2014
Bought for my daughter as a stocking filler as she enjoyed the television programme about the making of the album.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2011
After hearing parts Of this album via the app based launch I one that I had to have it but I wondered how I would all tie together as an album, without sounding like a series of single tracks collected into a multimedia ezperiment. However the end result is an absolute dream, putting a huge smile on my face; how she goes from melodic vocal harmomnies into dark dirty dub is a mystery but it is awesome.
There is something for everyone on this record; darkness, light, astral ambience, dirty dub and amazing vocals. And with a digital download thrown in there's no excuse to not have this stunning album in the best format for hearing all of the subtly crafted details and delights.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2012
What a fantasic album! Like all of Bjork's more experimental projects, it is by no means instantaneous and will need a number of dedicated listens before you can fully appreciate it. However, after time and consideration it reveals itself as possibly one of her strongest albums thus far. It is perhaps the most conceptually and intellectually interesting, however the actual songwriting is perfection. While some have said that Bjork's focus on the concept of the album has led her to ignore the actual songwriting, I believe this to be completely untrue.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2011
There is nothing particularly wrong with this album,it is pleasant to listen to, not bland or annoying. The problem is that when I read, "Biophilia is an interdisciplinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces - particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet - inspired by these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic..." I expected something much more than this. Like some much music that preoccupies itself with the concept I often find that the conceptual explanation sounds much more interesting than the actual music.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2011
My vinyl copy is on order (who the hell buys poxy CDs these days!) but I've made a point of repeatedly listening, perhaps more relevantly hearing/absorbing the album in 320bpm mp3 over the last couple of days. As for me thusfar it's an intimate tour de force: I just love her exaggerated 'Scandinavian' intonation of some words and phrases. I wholly accept that if this isn't your bag then, but for anyone that followed this remarkable young woman's career (and yes I am that old to be able to refer to her as young), it may come across as too contrived, but what a contrivance! There's almost a touch of Noh theatre about delivery and the structure - otherworldly indeed.

As for the aps-type stuff, well my age and aversion to anything Applian actually prejudices me against it, but I'm happy to overlook the Apple-things for the wonderful nature of the content of the actual album.

A beautiful audio challenge and delight, and I'm happy to step outside (with the mighty Bjork in tow btw) with anyone that is dull-enough to gainsay this.......
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2012
I took "Debut" on holiday with me to Turkey all those years ago thinking I'd like to get into a new artist.
It totally blew me away. I sat on my balcony overlooking the resort each night sipping some Raki and letting her genius float all over me on my Walkman. It was truly memorable.
I quite liked "Post" and the next album after that, but they never quite reached the hedonism of "Debut" for me.

"Debut" remains in my all time top five albums of all time. And if you knew how many albums I'd listened to in my 54 years and how eclectic I am in my taste, you'd know what a huge testimony to Bjork's genius that is.

As time went on I never really lost interest in her, but I just didn't listen to her more recent albums. It was just one of those things.

So, to "Biophilia." I was off on holiday again recently, this time to Majorca and I wanted to take some new music with me to sample, (as well as some old stuff.)
I acquired "Biophilia," remembering what "Debut" had done to me all those years ago, but not really expecting too much.
I played it three or four times in the first couple of days, remembering her work can be difficult and how it took me a little while to get into her previous work. Bjork has never been an easy artist.

By the third day I was in rapture. A different balcony this time and an mp3 player instead of a Walkman. But "Oh my God she's done it too me again" I kept saying to myself as heaven's bodies surrounded me!!! Absolutely beautiful. Sheer pleasure!!

Biophilia is a truly wonderful work of art. Trust me.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2011
I'm kinda new to Björk's music, but this record was very instant for me, I liked it already at first listen. The songs are either quiet or really loud, but there are several tracks that combine both features, and that makes the songs even more exciting. Björk uses some unusual instruments that still sound natural to your ears, the Tesla coil in 'Thunderbolt' is a good example of that. There are some very clever lyrics too, so it's really worth paying attention.

moon - 10/10
perfect opener, it creates the athmosphere for the whole album. laid-back and sophisticated. i love its unusual rhythm, and the lyrics are also worth mentioning. the lines starting with 'best way to start-a-new...' and 'to risk all...' are among my favourite björk lines ever.

thunderbolt - 8.5/10
it took a while until it grew on me, but i'm still not that keen on it. i love the chorus and the tesla coil, but the verses sound a bit distorted to me. the last minute is amazing, though.

crystalline - 10/10
it's a personal favourite of mine since its release. i love the gameleste and the final changes in the amen break.

cosmogony - 10/10
i'm glad björk decided to add choir to the chorus, because this way it became one of her finest works. it's so perfectly written and sounds so complex and sort of 'framed' because of the similar beginning and ending plus its carefully built structure.

dark matter - 10/10
this one used to scare me during the first few listens but i love it now. although it doesn't contain any specific lyrics, it's still full of emotions. i often imagine i'm floating in dark territories of space and realise how small our earth is compared to the infinity of outer space. it evokes intense feelings out of me.

hollow - 7/10
i love this until the end of the beat that starts around 3:40. the only part i can't get used to is the chaotic ending with the noisy organ. it's all fine until that point and i like the organ in the rest of the song - it's only the last 30-40 seconds that ruin the song for me.

virus - 10/10
though i preferred the single version at first, i can now see why she decided to make some changes on it. it contains the best lyrics on the album. heartwarming.

sacrifice - 10/10
the instrumental and the lyrics are killer! i love all the instruments that are featured in this track. i hope this becomes a single at some point.

mutual core - 9.5/10
this would get 10 points if the verses were a bit more interesting. 'mutual core' undoubtedly has the best chorus out of the biophilia bunch, but i tend to think about other things than the song while listening to the verse after the first chorus. it lacks something for me, but it comes pretty close to perfection.

solstice - 10/10
i didn't like it at first but it grew on me eventually. it reminds me of 'moon' in some ways as they're both quieter pieces. not the most interesting song on the album, but it definitely has its highlights ('flickering sunflame', 'unpolished pearl'). her voice sounds magnificent in this one.

overall: 9.5/10

thank you for reading!
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on 24 February 2015
Weird but good
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2011
I love Björk, I adore her music since I heard first sounds from the "Debut" in 1994. There is nothing like Björk and nothing sounds like Björk in our Universe, and therefore, I ordered Biophilia (in fact, collector's edition with three bonus tracks) immediately after I found a note in the Amazon. It is Björk, one and typical but sadly, with no further development. Even with all now instruments and lyrics it still sounds like flat extension of Medúlla & Vespertine (some numbers are quite versions of previously published tracks, only with brand new lyrics; and these are not better versions). Nothing new, no new spaces and no unknowing distances, planets and stars behind the music. But I still love it, I am the freak of Björk's music, I have all CDs that she published, full, extended and singles, and DVDs, and I would probably buy a CD with no sound recorded if silence would be signed by Björk. But this is repetition of something heard that is better as original.
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on 3 October 2014
Speechless!
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