Skip directly to content
journal

BBC: Björk's "Biophilia" Is an "Amazing, Inventive and Wholly Unique Album from an Artist Without Peer"

  • Friday, September 30, 2011
    BBC: Björk's "Biophilia" Is an "Amazing, Inventive and Wholly Unique Album from an Artist Without Peer"

    Björk's Biophilia project is the Icelandic artist’s most interdisciplinary project to date—with fans having had a taste of songs off the album, the app, the new website, custom-made musical instruments, live show—and the complete album is due out in just over one week on One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records, available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store. The critics have already begun to weigh in, offering praise from both sides of the Atlantic. The BBC calls it "an amazing, inventive and wholly unique eighth album from an artist without peer." Stereogum says: "She brought it, once again."

    Even with all of the other aspects of the project, "Biophilia serves as wonderfully as a ‘standard’ album as anything else," says BBC reviewer Mike Diver. "It’s a mesmerising album which confirms that Björk can weave dumfounding wonders from Silly String—whatever’s placed before her, she can turn to her advantage, taking her audience on a trip the likes of which no other contemporary artist is capable of planning, let alone embarking on. In a word: amazing. Again." Read the complete review at bbc.co.uk.

    ---

    "Björk has become one of the most beloved figures in our corner of the musical universe in part because she tests things and pushes that voice in different directions every time," says Stereogum's Tom Breihan, in an early review. "But when she sings, she sounds absolutely nothing like anybody else on earth. This, then, is still the same voice that wailed “Human Behavior” at us nearly two decades ago, so even her furthest-out moments on Biophilia feel comforting in ways that she might not have intended ... She brought it, once again." Read the review at stereogum.com.

    ---

    "Biophilia is simply a phenomenal album," exclaims Crave, giving the album a 9.5 out of 10.

    "Björk represents the best idea of what a pop star truly is," writes reviewer Iann Robinson. "Bjork’s music is completely original and totally in the moment ... Each musical moment is executed perfectly, never too much or too little. Biophilia is constantly surprising and always make you feel something. It’s another notch in the belt of woman who continues to redefine who she is and how she relates to the idea of being an artist."

    Read the complete review at craveonline.com.

    ---

    Clash Music gives Biophilia a nine out of ten. "[F]or an album so rooted in new technologies and ideas, it sounds beautifully warm and compellingly human," writes reviewer Gareth James. He finds it to be "as good a collection of songs as she has put her name to in ten years. An absolutely remarkable artist, for whom the terms ‘genius’ and ‘unique’ are not journalistic hyperbole but simple fact, Björk is taking music to a place where we should all gladly follow." Read the review at clashmusic.com.

    ---

    To pre-order Biophilia on vinyl and CD in North America, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album available to download on release date, October 11. To order outside North America, go to bjork.com.

on September 30, 2011 - 4:53pm
Excerpt: 

Björk's Biophilia is out in just over a week. In an early review, the BBC calls it "an amazing, inventive and wholly unique eighth album from an artist without peer." Stereogum says: "She brought it, once again." Crave exclaims: "Biophilia is simply a phenomenal album ... Björk represents the best idea of what a pop star truly is." Clash Music says: "An absolutely remarkable artist, for whom the terms ‘genius’ and ‘unique’ are not journalistic hyperbole but simple fact, Björk is taking music to a place where we should all gladly follow."

Copy: 

Björk's Biophilia project is the Icelandic artist’s most interdisciplinary project to date—with fans having had a taste of songs off the album, the app, the new website, custom-made musical instruments, live show—and the complete album is due out in just over one week on One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records, available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store. The critics have already begun to weigh in, offering praise from both sides of the Atlantic. The BBC calls it "an amazing, inventive and wholly unique eighth album from an artist without peer." Stereogum says: "She brought it, once again."

Even with all of the other aspects of the project, "Biophilia serves as wonderfully as a ‘standard’ album as anything else," says BBC reviewer Mike Diver. "It’s a mesmerising album which confirms that Björk can weave dumfounding wonders from Silly String—whatever’s placed before her, she can turn to her advantage, taking her audience on a trip the likes of which no other contemporary artist is capable of planning, let alone embarking on. In a word: amazing. Again." Read the complete review at bbc.co.uk.

---

"Björk has become one of the most beloved figures in our corner of the musical universe in part because she tests things and pushes that voice in different directions every time," says Stereogum's Tom Breihan, in an early review. "But when she sings, she sounds absolutely nothing like anybody else on earth. This, then, is still the same voice that wailed “Human Behavior” at us nearly two decades ago, so even her furthest-out moments on Biophilia feel comforting in ways that she might not have intended ... She brought it, once again." Read the review at stereogum.com.

---

"Biophilia is simply a phenomenal album," exclaims Crave, giving the album a 9.5 out of 10.

"Björk represents the best idea of what a pop star truly is," writes reviewer Iann Robinson. "Bjork’s music is completely original and totally in the moment ... Each musical moment is executed perfectly, never too much or too little. Biophilia is constantly surprising and always make you feel something. It’s another notch in the belt of woman who continues to redefine who she is and how she relates to the idea of being an artist."

Read the complete review at craveonline.com.

---

Clash Music gives Biophilia a nine out of ten. "[F]or an album so rooted in new technologies and ideas, it sounds beautifully warm and compellingly human," writes reviewer Gareth James. He finds it to be "as good a collection of songs as she has put her name to in ten years. An absolutely remarkable artist, for whom the terms ‘genius’ and ‘unique’ are not journalistic hyperbole but simple fact, Björk is taking music to a place where we should all gladly follow." Read the review at clashmusic.com.

---

To pre-order Biophilia on vinyl and CD in North America, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album available to download on release date, October 11. To order outside North America, go to bjork.com.

Publish date: 
Friday, September 30, 2011 - 11:30
Article Type: 
featuredimage: 
Björk: "Biophilia" [cover]

Post new comment