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There was a lot to digest in Bjork's 2011 album 'Biophilia' but technological
wizardry aside it remains, in many ways, one of her most visionary and satisfying
works; a distillation of core values and a huge imaginative leap into the dark.
'Bastards' harks back to 'Telegram' (1996), a marvelous set of re-imaginings by
other artists of her 1995 album 'Post' and delivers some exhilarating listening.

The elusive melodic and structural form of 'Biophilia's' compositions are given
greater rhythmic presence in many of these interpretations which both reveals
their quasi-organic inner-workings and affords us a refreshing second look.

Omay Souleyman's takes on 'Crystalline' and 'Thunderbolt' attest his Syrian roots
and contribute a fascinating perspective through his use of traditional Arabic
instruments and ribald percussion; the Hudson Mohawke, Peaches and Guacamole
remix of 'Virus' fleshes out the song's fragile heart with big echoing beats
and rich washes of regal synth; the darkly grinding arrangement of 'Sacrifice'
by Death Grips makes your bones rattle in their sockets and The Slip's approach
to 'Moon' adds flesh and blood to the original's ephemeral skeletal structure.
Current Value's inspired response to the magical 'Solstice', however, is perhaps
the project's most exciting contribution; with its truly beautiful skittering
introduction and subsequent massive granite-like slabs of sound we can almost
feel the very Earth tremble and subside beneath our feet. A sonic masterstroke!

Side by side with its esteemed progenitor 'Bastards' can stake a claim to be
one of the year's most rewarding releases. Bjork's offspring have served her well!

Highly Recommended.
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There's something about cover versions of Bjorks stuff that really energises me. I saw her perform Biophilia in Manchester at the start of her world tour, and the whole event was stunning..... now comes this, all mixes and reworks of her Biophilia music by different artists and musicians.
The review below by 'The Wolf' says all there is to say about the music, all I can add is that I would have gladly been happy to pay for just the Omar Suleyman tracks alone. Magical.
If you are a Bjork fan and haven't already purchased this, it really needs to be in your collection, you won't be disappointed.
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on 6 September 2013
I always find remix albums to be a bit hit or miss, really, and that applies to Björk's 'Bastards' as well. For me, a remix should both honour and add to the original, a balance not easily achieved.

With the source material being as strong as 'Biophilia', in my opinion Björk's finest since 'Vespertine', is a remix album really needed? Perhaps not, but some of the mixes definitely do add to the original songs: Matthew Herbert's mix of 'Mutual Core' and The Slips Remix of 'Moon' are prime examples.

All in all though, I don't see this as an essential purchase, but 'Biophilia' is. 'Bastards' is a companion piece, amd while it's not bad, it is a lesser sibling mainly of interest to fans and completists.
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on 20 November 2012
fantastic, fun, exciting, overall I'm so impressed by this. I love the title of the album too. This would also be an amazing Christmas present for anyone who likes bjork, especially her being lively, it's all quite fast on this album which is nice
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on 6 May 2015
You like björk, you wouldn't even be reading this if you didn't. You're already half sold, you're probably eager to eat every last sound or permutation of hers with your ears... but should you buy this? Simply, yes. Is it as good as björk's albums? No. But that's not why you want it. For me there are some less than exciting points, and one in particular that is more about the remixing artist than the original material but then that's remix albums isn't it?
Buy it, you won't be disappointed, unless you're hoping for a new björk album in which case you will.
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on 27 November 2013
Bjork never disappoints with wacky, weird and wonderful instrumentation ... Crystalline sounds amazing with the use of Bangra.. Nice 1 .. What will be listening to next,.. ??
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on 20 March 2015
WonderfulWonderfullWonderfulll. Great artwork and creative mixes of the originals... snuff sad?
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on 22 August 2016
I can't remember buying this but because it's Bjork I'll say it's decent enough.
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on 4 April 2015
Anything by bork is amazing so no change here xx
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on 27 March 2015
Great Album!
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