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Björk newest album bombs, slightly


Icelandic musician Bjork’s latest project, “Biophilia,” is definitely not for everyone. It’s not a lot like anything I’ve ever heard before.

Björk’s first album since 2007’s “Volta,” “Biophilia” is a concept album about humanity’s relationship with nature.

In addition to featuring songs about nature, Björk also pens songs that make human things like love sound scientific.

I have heard quite a bit of Björk’s discography, and I feel safe in saying that “Biophilia” is unlike most of the music she’s made.

“Biophilia” reminds me of a symphony.

None of the songs really stand out, and the listener has to pay a lot of attention to the music in order to reap enjoyment from it. It is not background music.

Part of the reason has to do with Björk’s vocals.

This has been the case with all of Björk’s music to me, but I find with her more than anyone else I have to zero my attention in to her vocals, due to her accent and delivery.

In addition, a lot of the songs are really weird too.

The production is spacey and quiet. Half of the songs have barely any percussion either.

“Biophilia” mostly lacks things like catchy hooks or driving percussion. Many of the songs are in non-standard time signatures

The end result is a soundtrack to spacing out in a planetarium.

The album’s major flaw is also uniquely its own. “Biophilia” is also being released as a series of iPad Apps which expand upon subjects touched on in the songs.

I cannot comment on the digital aspect of this album, as I do not have a smart phone or tablet computer.

This leads me to feel as though “Biophilia” left me out of its digital art party.  

Snubs aside, the music on “Biophilia” feels diminished in light of it being the soundtrack to a multimedia project.

 I feel like dropping the visual accompaniment takes away part of the meaning.

    Another gripe I have with the album is the ending.

The final song is really good, but it seems to simply end the album in an abrupt fashion. It feels like having the TV turned off while playing a video game.

Despite my laundry list of gripes, I still believe that “Biophilia” is rather good. The album is extremely daring, even for Bjork, but it still works.

It is just rather difficult to recommend.


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John Kesler
John Kesler, Opinion editor
Opinion editor, spring 2012. Staff member, fall 2011.

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