Biophilia

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Oct 11, 2011
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. Oct 7, 2011
    100
    Biophilia is one of Bjork's best and most challenging records; it's in a galaxy all its own, one that's not for the faint of heart.
  2. 100
    It's surprisingly accessible, hypnotic and beautiful if you give it time and concentration.
  3. 91
    The singer's greatest strength remains the glistening natural resource flowing from her throat.
  4. 90
    Biophilia is an excellent addition to her glorious discography.
  5. Oct 11, 2011
    90
    Biophilia the "Bjork album" stands with the best of them.
  6. 90
    It is that rarest of things, a record so particular to Björk's own artistry that no-one could ever hope to replicate it.
  7. 90
    Though Biophilia is hardly easy listening, even by Bjork's challenging, outlandish standards, there's little doubting it'll stand as one of the more rewarding albums of her storied career.
  8. Oct 5, 2011
    90
    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.
  9. Oct 5, 2011
    90
    This music really doesn't need any window dressing because it's as good a collection of songs as she has put her name to in ten years.
  10. Biophilia is Björk, the sum total, and this album is her continued claim to the throne as the monarch of avant-pop.
  11. Oct 11, 2011
    85
    More than anything else, it makes you think.
  12. Oct 14, 2011
    84
    The challenging but exceedingly rewarding Biophilia is at its heart a deeply moving, mind-expanding tribute to how that most ineffable of human achievements.
  13. Nov 1, 2011
    80
    Biophilia is a delicate and highly tactile treat, a unique gem of innovation (pipe organs driven by computers, the mallet-tickled gameleste) and gentle real soul whose breathy endearing heights Bjork hasn't touched in a minute.
  14. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    80
    You may not be whistling these songs or dancing to them, but Biophilia's unsettling visions are compelling art. Oct 2011, p.92]
  15. Oct 13, 2011
    80
    Educational and emotional in a uniquely approachable way, these songs are a lovely part of a bigger picture.
  16. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Nothing here is complex or highbrow, but instead filled with the joy and clarity of understanding and connecting.
  17. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    There's not a lot of replay value in Björk's new mode, but it still works humbly well and the computer visuals go a long way toward expanding on the fragile, chamber orchestra feel of the music.
  18. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    When Bjork's supernatural voice soars in "Thunderbolt"--"Craving miracles"--soul easily trumps software.
  19. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    From the ashes of Volta, an album that occasionally felt like a career-killer, has come an album of startling beauty, furious invention, and inviting, warm atmosphere.
  20. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    Biophilia is no clever-clever cacophony. Like the natural world from which it draws inspiration, the album has structure and convention. And there is always the anchor of Björk's voice and her words, which conjoin emotional forces and elemental processes.
  21. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    Much of Biophilia holds you rapt because of the painstaking details.
  22. Oct 7, 2011
    80
    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.
  23. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    It's certainly restless and innovative, but Biophilia never feels like hard work, however much the accompanying bumf tries to convince you it is.
  24. Mojo
    Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Even when she blinds her audience wit science, though, Bjork's vision remains remarkable. [Oct 2011, p.97]
  25. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Whilst the musical content here is unlikely to shock or surprise Bjork's loyal admirers, it sees her continue to pursue her own radical and individual path with unshakeable conviction.
  26. Q Magazine
    Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Biophilia is a wonderful record in the most literal sense; it overflows with wonder. [Oct 2011, p.111]
  27. Oct 6, 2011
    75
    At the heart of it though, we're still left with what's Björk's been doing for most her whole life: music.
  28. 75
    It's a grower--don't go in without some time to invest, or the desire to listen multiple times and peel apart these lavishly constructed layers.
  29. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    While I'm not convinced Biophilia overcomes the slump as an album, every song has something going for it.
  30. It finds the singer in meditative mood--this is, by some distance, the least playful Björk album--and, amid soundscapes made from tinkling harps and bells and deep electronic burps and farts, she's an uncharacteristically discreet presence, a humble narrator of the wider story she's trying to tell.
  31. Oct 10, 2011
    70
    As much as the last four or so tracks do to redeem what is too often a failed and overly formal experiment in hyper-theoretical songcraft, the insoluble problem of Biophilia is that Björk has chosen to inflate what is ultimately one of her least essential musical statements to such spectacular proportions.
  32. Oct 13, 2011
    62
    As an innovator, she's as vibrant as ever, but as a songwriter, she sounds tired.
  33. Oct 24, 2011
    60
    Despite some flaws in its execution, Biophilia does succeed in pushing beyond the already established album-singles-videos model, and the creation of a digital experience to compliment the music feels like a natural progression in the way that music is packaged and consumed.
  34. Oct 11, 2011
    50
    As minimally executed as it is maximally conceived, Biophilia doesn't sculpt emptiness; it swims in it.
  35. Oct 10, 2011
    50
    Only "Virus" connects in the way Bjork's best work can, uniting the fundamental optimism and wonder underlining this project with music that sounds otherworldly yet welcoming.
  36. Oct 10, 2011
    50
    Several tracks do reclaim some of Björk's past glory and inspire a bit of wonder, but the majority of Biophilia meanders weightlessly into space.
  37. 40
    The only reliably engaging elements of the compositions are the wonderful choral arrangements that provide most of the mortar connecting Björk's voice to the instrumental parts.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 216 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 68
  2. Negative: 7 out of 68
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    This is an album that will certainly musically challenge you. When I first heard it I thought "what the hell is that?", but after someThis is an album that will certainly musically challenge you. When I first heard it I thought "what the hell is that?", but after some listening I found the beauty hidden within it. This reminds me of Radiohead's "Kid A", which was so different from it's predecessors that I had a hard time liking it, but then again that is one of my favorite albums of all time. To sum up, don't judge this album when you first heard it, let it speak to you and when it does you will be amazed, no doubt about it. Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2011
    0
    This album is absolute pretentious rubbish. I don't care about the gimmicky applications especially because I refuse to be tied to apples overThis album is absolute pretentious rubbish. I don't care about the gimmicky applications especially because I refuse to be tied to apples over rated proprietary platform but if you look at just the music here what you have are a bunch of tuneless dirges with gibberish lyrics masquerading as some kind of high brow concept. This is an album only a critic could love. Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    5
    This is not one of Bjork's better efforts. Vespertine,Homogenic,even Medulla are
    far superior.I tried to like it and there are some songs that
    This is not one of Bjork's better efforts. Vespertine,Homogenic,even Medulla are
    far superior.I tried to like it and there are some songs that are interesting but
    I just cannot get into it.

    I really like Bjork alot but it seems her best work is sadly behind her.
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