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Video: Preview Björk's Full "Biophilia" App Suite; New Album "Teems with Invention," Says Four-Star Guardian Review

  • Friday, October 7, 2011
    Video: Preview Björk's Full "Biophilia" App Suite; New Album "Teems with Invention," Says Four-Star Guardian Review

    Björk's new album, Biophilia, is due out on CD next week, on October 11 in North America via One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records. Also available then is the complete Biophilia App suite for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, available in the iTunes App Store. The vinyl album will now release two weeks later in North America, on October 24.

    To offer a taste of what's to come in the complete Biophilia App suite, which comprises ten components, one for each track on the album, Björk has created a preview video, unveiling the various elements. You can watch the video below.

    In the UK, where the CD is out on One Little Indian on Monday, the reviews continue to pour in. To celebrate release day there, Björk will be live online on the Guardian's website at 3 PM London time Monday, answering questions posed by readers. To post a question, go to guardian.co.uk/music now.

    The Guardian gives the album four stars. Despite the immensity of the project and its multi-media dimensions, the music on the album stands on its own, suggests reviewer Alexis Petridis.

    "Though it's exquisitely controlled and filled with space where its predecessor Volta was packed to bursting with sound, Biophilia still teems with invention," Petridis writes. "For an album that presents itself as an academic exercise, it's big on moments of pure, indulgent pleasure."

    The quality of the album itself goes to "underline how far apart from the rest of rock and pop Björk is, regardless of how it was delivered."

    Read the review at guardian.co.uk.

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    The Daily Express gives the new album four stars as well. "We surely know by now not to expect just any old thing from Björk, the Icelandic force of nature who has been pushing envelopes for years," says reviewer Simon Gage, who finds that she's "outdone even herself" with Biophilia. "Eccentric and quite lovely, this is a real artist at work." Read more at express.co.uk.

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    Drowned in Sound, which has featured a five-part interview series with Björk all week, rates Biophilia an eight out of ten.

    "Biophilia carves out brave new territory for an artist who’s been colonising the fringes of music all her career, fragile and demanding, at times uncomfortable but always fascinating," writes reviewer Christian Cottingham. Echoing Petridis's on the primacy of the music over all else, Cottingham concludes: "Whatever happens with the technology and wherever the arguments over music, art and commerce drag themselves to next, it’s these songs that are the triumph here."

    Read the review at drownedinsound.com.

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    Back in North America, where the album is out on Tuesday, the San Jose Mercury News has published a review from Palo Alto Daily News staff writer Kevin Kelly, who says that Björk has "outdone herself" on Biophilia. "Given all the blueprints needed to bring Biophilia to life, its passion thankfully shines clearly through," writes Kelly. "Her voice has never sounded better than it does now, often employing a new feline snarl on the tails of utterances. It gives the album a primal feeling despite all the modern conveniences involved."

    Read the complete review at mercurynews.com.

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    To reserve a copy of the album on CD or vinyl, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s available to download starting Tuesday.

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    Watch the App preview here:

on October 7, 2011 - 10:47am
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Björk's new album, Biophilia, is due out on CD next week. Also available then is the complete Biophilia App suite comprising ten components, one for each track on the album; watch a preview video here. The vinyl album will now release two weeks later, on October 24. The Guardian gives the album four stars, saying it "teems with invention ... big on moments of pure, indulgent pleasure." Daily Express says she's "outdone even herself" with Biophilia. "Eccentric and quite lovely, this is a real artist at work."

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Björk's new album, Biophilia, is due out on CD next week, on October 11 in North America via One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records. Also available then is the complete Biophilia App suite for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, available in the iTunes App Store. The vinyl album will now release two weeks later in North America, on October 24.

To offer a taste of what's to come in the complete Biophilia App suite, which comprises ten components, one for each track on the album, Björk has created a preview video, unveiling the various elements. You can watch the video below.

In the UK, where the CD is out on One Little Indian on Monday, the reviews continue to pour in. To celebrate release day there, Björk will be live online on the Guardian's website at 3 PM London time Monday, answering questions posed by readers. To post a question, go to guardian.co.uk/music now.

The Guardian gives the album four stars. Despite the immensity of the project and its multi-media dimensions, the music on the album stands on its own, suggests reviewer Alexis Petridis.

"Though it's exquisitely controlled and filled with space where its predecessor Volta was packed to bursting with sound, Biophilia still teems with invention," Petridis writes. "For an album that presents itself as an academic exercise, it's big on moments of pure, indulgent pleasure."

The quality of the album itself goes to "underline how far apart from the rest of rock and pop Björk is, regardless of how it was delivered."

Read the review at guardian.co.uk.

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The Daily Express gives the new album four stars as well. "We surely know by now not to expect just any old thing from Björk, the Icelandic force of nature who has been pushing envelopes for years," says reviewer Simon Gage, who finds that she's "outdone even herself" with Biophilia. "Eccentric and quite lovely, this is a real artist at work." Read more at express.co.uk.

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Drowned in Sound, which has featured a five-part interview series with Björk all week, rates Biophilia an eight out of ten.

"Biophilia carves out brave new territory for an artist who’s been colonising the fringes of music all her career, fragile and demanding, at times uncomfortable but always fascinating," writes reviewer Christian Cottingham. Echoing Petridis's on the primacy of the music over all else, Cottingham concludes: "Whatever happens with the technology and wherever the arguments over music, art and commerce drag themselves to next, it’s these songs that are the triumph here."

Read the review at drownedinsound.com.

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Back in North America, where the album is out on Tuesday, the San Jose Mercury News has published a review from Palo Alto Daily News staff writer Kevin Kelly, who says that Björk has "outdone herself" on Biophilia. "Given all the blueprints needed to bring Biophilia to life, its passion thankfully shines clearly through," writes Kelly. "Her voice has never sounded better than it does now, often employing a new feline snarl on the tails of utterances. It gives the album a primal feeling despite all the modern conveniences involved."

Read the complete review at mercurynews.com.

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To reserve a copy of the album on CD or vinyl, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s available to download starting Tuesday.

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Watch the App preview here:

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