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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for the Icelandic artist was produced with Arca and Rabit.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Dec 7, 2017
    100
    It’s a dense, lengthy work (at 71 minutes the longest studio album of her career). Only one song, the ecstatic, pulsating techno of Sue Me, is likely to work on the dancefloor. Yet the errant, raucous confluence of sounds and styles has a homogeneity that works to create a beguiling, and ultimately hugely rewarding whole.
  2. The Wire
    Dec 19, 2017
    90
    The Icelandic icon moves ever closer to the Platonic ideal of what it means to be Bjork. [Dec 2017, p.50]
  3. Nov 22, 2017
    88
    It’s tactile and visual as much as aural, a continuation of her richly rewarding collaboration with Venezuelan-U.K. electronic artist and producer Arca.
  4. Nov 20, 2017
    80
    Utilising ideas of breath, space and breeze to thrilling effect, this is Björk at her most reflective and inquisitive. There are no clear cut 'hits' as such, and the album clearly begs to be enjoyed as a whole entity rather than have its innards plucked and picked at. However, if given your full attention, it will transport you to paradise.
  5. Nov 27, 2017
    80
    The set radiates playfulness and pleasure – the opener "Arisen My Senses" is a breathless barrage of abstract beats and pop timbres, a musical multiple orgasm. But Utopia's no more "pop" than Vulnicura, and not all shiny, happy fantasias.
  6. 80
    Utopia is where art, real life and deep experimentation intersects, and it’s utterly compelling.
  7. 20
    Achingly dull, and self-regardingly solipsistic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 62
  2. Negative: 6 out of 62
  1. Dec 1, 2017
    10
    Such a beautiful, magical and original album... takes you to a new world as the purpose. Love all that wild-animal-nature sounds... trulySuch a beautiful, magical and original album... takes you to a new world as the purpose. Love all that wild-animal-nature sounds... truly beautiful and relaxing Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2017
    10
    Clearly the album of the year 2017. It's the closing for what can be considered "the love trilogy", composed by Vespertine, Vulnicura and,Clearly the album of the year 2017. It's the closing for what can be considered "the love trilogy", composed by Vespertine, Vulnicura and, now, Utopia. The birth, the death and the reflourishing of love. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2017
    10
    Talented. Brilliant. Incredible. Amazing. Show stopping. Spectacular. Never the same. Totally unique. Completely not ever been done before.Talented. Brilliant. Incredible. Amazing. Show stopping. Spectacular. Never the same. Totally unique. Completely not ever been done before.

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  4. Nov 28, 2017
    9
    Is not better than 'Vulnicura', but is a success for the optimistic traumas, typical of singleness and an escape to the electronic spring ofIs not better than 'Vulnicura', but is a success for the optimistic traumas, typical of singleness and an escape to the electronic spring of the femininity. It's a telephatic journey to the "hidden place". Expand
  5. Nov 25, 2017
    8
    After listening to the poignant Vulnicura, Bjork's Utopia became a highly anticipated release for me. I must say that it did not disappoint.After listening to the poignant Vulnicura, Bjork's Utopia became a highly anticipated release for me. I must say that it did not disappoint. Having collaborated with Arca for the second consecutive album, the Icelandic singer decided to explore a different, folkier sound on this record, as opposed to the classical route taken on her previous one. The result is a work simultaneously organic and forward-thinking in its production. While somewhat of a follow-up to Vulnicura in terms of topics addressed, Utopia is markedly more optimistic and empowered (occasionally of a feminist nature) than its cousin album. This record finds the artist open to new love and an overall fresh start for both herself and her children, and is characterized by its lyrical and sonic expansiveness. Bjork succeeds in striking the balance between poetic and plain-spoken expressions, seamlessly treading that line. My only complaint is that the production sometimes strays from the songs' existing structural elements, essentially functioning as a separate entity on 'Sue Me'. Also, 'Features Creatures' failed to resonate with me, and I thought 'Paridisia' to be sonically redundant within the body of work's greater context. All in all, though, this release is a worth-the-wait gem and another strong addition to Bjork's already impressive discography.

    Highlights include 'Blissing Me,' 'Body Memory,' and 'Tabula Rasa'.
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  6. May 10, 2018
    7
    Probably one of her weaker album's but she's set a very high bar. The atmosphere on this album can range from really intriguing to bloated,Probably one of her weaker album's but she's set a very high bar. The atmosphere on this album can range from really intriguing to bloated, possibly due to the increased atmospherism found on the album. Nevertheless, her voice is still strong, and she and Arca do work well together. Expand
  7. Apr 19, 2018
    0
    One word: Boredom. Every single song sounds the same, very monotonous. A lot of screaming, the instrumental part is the best part, but nothingOne word: Boredom. Every single song sounds the same, very monotonous. A lot of screaming, the instrumental part is the best part, but nothing out of this word either. The lyrics are just ok. I wish it could be more creative and innovative. I am very disappointed, she is a great artist anyway. Expand

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