Medulla - Björk
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. It continues Björk's run of releases that sound nothing like their predecessors, yet is, as ever, particular to her.
  2. Björk shrouds Medúlla in mystery and darkness, but it's far from gloomy.
  3. To me, Medulla is an experiment in transforming the primal power of the human voice into a 21st century context. It's an amazing effort, and it's one of the best albums of the year.
  4. The luminosity of her performance counters the album's tendency toward dry formalism. [5 Sep 2004]
  5. 100
    The album, impressive in its scope and sense of adventure, is a further reinvention in Björk's already massive discography.
  6. Medulla may divide Björk's audience, but, combining intellectual rigour and sensual ravishment, it is brave and unique.
  7. Björk has transcended any pop plinth she may (incorrectly) have been placed upon, to become, probably, our greatest contemporary female vocalist since Diamanda Galas.
  8. Though hardly Björk's most pronounced statement, Medúlla is definitely a highlight of her already illustrious career.
  9. Björk weaves into Medúlla a palpable longing for a simpler world--a world predating smart bombs and collapsing towers, a world in which life revolved around the expressive raising of one’s voice, both solitarily and in concert with others.
  10. Bjork’s great achievement with Medulla is in taking a self-imposed limitation and managing to craft a full-bodied, multilayered work from such a basic toolset.
  11. Fans of the Icelandic wonder's more orchestral tunes might think there's something missing here. Well, unless they're too busy being totally blown away.
  12. Especially when heard on headphones, Medulla is an overwhelming sonic bliss-out, Phil Spector’s wall of sound channeled through the voice box.
  13. The question is not whether Medúlla is brilliant; insofar as this can be objectively asserted, it most certainly is. The question is really, Do you like Björk? Do you like her a lot? Obviously, a Björk a capella album is going to be lost on you if you never really liked her vocal style in the first place.
  14. No matter how the sounds are made, it is with captivatingly sincere intent that they are never boring and, above all, always enjoyable.
  15. The ice from Vespertine has melted, and Bjork's voice sounds reborn like a phoenix from the flame. [#7]
  16. One of her best efforts. [10 Sep 2004, p.161]
  17. 83
    It's no mere gimmick. [Oct 2004, p.111]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 88
  2. Negative: 3 out of 88
  1. aland
    Aug 31, 2004
    9
    this CD is f**cking nuts. it takes a bit of patience to accustom ones self to some of the more bizzarre moments of this CD, but for me, once this CD is f**cking nuts. it takes a bit of patience to accustom ones self to some of the more bizzarre moments of this CD, but for me, once totally immersed in it, those moments became my favorite. the background growl that gets perfectly sequenced in the wierdly baroque "where is the line.", the rawness of "oll birtan", the hyper-ness of Dokaka in "triumph of the heart" especially, but most of all, the wailing and groaning in "anscestors" that the part in me listening to music is revolted by but the rest of me is completely drawn by its utter shamelessness and the powerful expression of the vaguest emotions. there are easy and accessible segments, however. the sound-perfect input of rahzel in "who is it?", "mouth's cradle" which sounds like hidden place redux for me (not that i mind), and the lovely "vokuro" all these tracks mentioned i love totally. the others, to a lesser extent, the one i cant warm up to is "submarine", thus the 9/10, but it's a small distraction from all the pure AWESOMENESS contained in this f**cking record. buy it. Full Review »
  2. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    Björk can sound so dark in this album. Totally opposite of "Vespertine"... When i listen to the voices and harmony of this album, I feel likeBjörk can sound so dark in this album. Totally opposite of "Vespertine"... When i listen to the voices and harmony of this album, I feel like I'm swimming on a line of notes... It's amazing and make me feel great. Full Review »
  3. MG
    Apr 22, 2007
    3
    Triumph Of A Heart is great but the rest is very hard to stomach.