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Biophilia

Björk

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At a time when many musicians are being forced to downscale their aspirations, Björk dares to dream. The Icelandic chanteuse has been relentlessly experimental, challenging listeners with music that defies expectations of what popular songs can be. Yet make no mistake; Björk may use avant-garde forms to express herself, but at heart she’s an artist who wants to include everyone and would love to hear the world humming her tunes, no matter how battered and mysterious they may be. The slow, meticulous chords and friction-filled rhythms of “Mutual Core” are perfectly complementary. The angelic whispers, the demanding rasp, the lonely notes that tick like Father Time throughout “Solstice” channel a unique art-song process. “Thunderbolt” creeps up, rhythmless and then with a plod, as voices fall in and out of a choir and a synthesizer limps along. “Crystaline” picks up the tempo, just barely, as Björk explores the natural world. “Dark Matter” sounds like the score for a horror film, as a funeral organ chases voices of spirits. This album is one of a kind.

Customer Reviews

why do people like this?

I understand the whole "artistic" thing, but this is just awful.

Her Risks are the Begining, and End

Bjork's music has always existed in a variety of different realities. One part of you wants to dismiss Biophilia as "stupid" or "wierd." But in all of us, there is a driven curiosity to explore, understand, experiment, and accept. To me, this is what Biophilia is conveying, an urgent instinct that ignites a desire to persue the wonders of our universe and being through the form of music. Biophilia's entire conception is in a sense, dangerous, and scary. It is very challenging, but with good reason. I have noticed the rather dark mood that flows from this album, but I have also noticed a feeling of soothing pride and honor that, as Bjork says in "Crystalline, "It's the sparkle you become when you conquer anxiety." She encodes this sincere message among metaphysical lullabies, instrumental invention, and dazzling metallic fusion. Biophilia is the external and internal longing for us to realize our immense potential. Musically, this album could be the soundtrack of the creation, mutation, and destruction of the world we percieve.

If you ever wanted to hear Bjork sing your high school Geology book....

...THEN THIS ALBUM IS FOR YOU!
I love ya Bjork. You have the most incredible voice on the planet. But you used to sing songs other people could hum along to, or sing along with, or tap their feet to. You know, SONGS? I respect your artistic desire to push the envelope of electronic abstraction, but please get back to singing a couple pop songs here and there.

Biography

Born: November 21, 1965 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Björk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the avant pop Icelandic sextet the Sugarcubes, but when she launched a solo career after the group's 1992 demise, she quickly eclipsed her old band's popularity. Instead of following in the Sugarcubes' arty guitar rock pretensions, Björk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggest names in the genre, including Nellee Hooper, Underworld, and Tricky. Debut, her first solo effort (except for an Icelandic-only...
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