Medulla

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 212 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 5 out of 212

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  1. kandre
    Sep 13, 2004
    4
    If an unknown artist had released this CD, it would have been dismissed as self-indulgent, or just plain awful (and many artist have done these sorts of vocal experimentations, only better--see shinjuku zulu, etc.) Pushing the boundries is great, especially on a major release, but not if the songs, ultimately, are bad. Repeated listens DO NOT make it better. Whole tracks, or parts of If an unknown artist had released this CD, it would have been dismissed as self-indulgent, or just plain awful (and many artist have done these sorts of vocal experimentations, only better--see shinjuku zulu, etc.) Pushing the boundries is great, especially on a major release, but not if the songs, ultimately, are bad. Repeated listens DO NOT make it better. Whole tracks, or parts of tracks, are downright irritating. Listen to 'Where is the line' for a particularily bad track. (On that note, 'Mouths Cradle' is a good example of beauty, experimentation, and, humanity and accessability. Too bad more tracks weren't like it...) Expand
  2. TimE
    Jan 13, 2005
    4
    A Cocteau Twin she isn't and I myself am a huge fan of "Post" and even the Sugarcubes but this album just doesn't work. If you want etheral get the money you purchased for this record & buy something by Kate Bush.
  3. RobbieC
    Feb 25, 2007
    5
    I don't get it, at all.
  4. JDawg
    Sep 2, 2004
    4
    This album sucks. Artsy fartsy choir voices take up all the sounds instead of electronic music/beats/synth. I realize Bjork is tried of electronic music and it may have past its prime but this CD is nothing like her previous efforts. I think Bjork has dropped off after Homogenic, but this definitely some spacey weird music I just can't listen to. Listen to this and then listen to This album sucks. Artsy fartsy choir voices take up all the sounds instead of electronic music/beats/synth. I realize Bjork is tried of electronic music and it may have past its prime but this CD is nothing like her previous efforts. I think Bjork has dropped off after Homogenic, but this definitely some spacey weird music I just can't listen to. Listen to this and then listen to post and you'll see she probably hit her musical peak right about there. Expand
  5. BenjaminBunny
    Sep 3, 2004
    6
    Admirable for a damn-near flawless execution of an ambitious idea, but admirable and listenable are two very different ways to describe art. This is definitely art, and its construction is brilliantly execution. Nonetheless, "Medulla" is the first Bjork album I can not describe as addictive in any way--it simply lacks in memorable tunes. As a thoughtpiece of concept-driven art it is Admirable for a damn-near flawless execution of an ambitious idea, but admirable and listenable are two very different ways to describe art. This is definitely art, and its construction is brilliantly execution. Nonetheless, "Medulla" is the first Bjork album I can not describe as addictive in any way--it simply lacks in memorable tunes. As a thoughtpiece of concept-driven art it is exceptional, but that doesn't neccessarily make it a pleasure to listen to. Expand
  6. JeremyF
    Apr 24, 2007
    6
    Bjork, probably one of the best musicians of the past decade and this one, is a goddess. But this album fails to appeal to me as much as her previous works. I give her major props on all the work that must've gone into this, as I'd imagine it's extremely difficult to do an entire vocal album with just occasional piano. I have to say "Who Is It" and "Desired Constellation" Bjork, probably one of the best musicians of the past decade and this one, is a goddess. But this album fails to appeal to me as much as her previous works. I give her major props on all the work that must've gone into this, as I'd imagine it's extremely difficult to do an entire vocal album with just occasional piano. I have to say "Who Is It" and "Desired Constellation" rank among my favorite Bjork songs ever. But once you get over the first Icelandic song, ther'es more! And odd gibberish songs on top of that (like the unappealing eeriness of "Ancestors.") That is what really through me off. This album closes with the great "Triumph of a Heart," which is a very fun hip song. Another favorite. So, though this is a very remarkable idea and a marvelous effort, it fails to cling to me for days and days like I would have lied AND expected. Collapse
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Though hardly Björk's most pronounced statement, Medúlla is definitely a highlight of her already illustrious career.
  2. 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.
  3. The luminosity of her performance counters the album's tendency toward dry formalism. [5 Sep 2004]