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  • Summary: What the Icelandic singer's fifth album lacks in instrumentation (although there is a bit, provided by members of Matmos, Mum, and other collaborators), it makes up for with voices--lots and lots of voices. Think everything from beatboxing (including contributions from The Roots' Rahzel),What the Icelandic singer's fifth album lacks in instrumentation (although there is a bit, provided by members of Matmos, Mum, and other collaborators), it makes up for with voices--lots and lots of voices. Think everything from beatboxing (including contributions from The Roots' Rahzel), choirs and Inuit throat-singing to, well, Mike Patton. Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 100
    The album, impressive in its scope and sense of adventure, is a further reinvention in Björk's already massive discography.
  2. No matter how the sounds are made, it is with captivatingly sincere intent that they are never boring and, above all, always enjoyable.
  3. Though hardly Björk's most pronounced statement, Medúlla is definitely a highlight of her already illustrious career.
  4. Once its novelty factor fades, Medulla settles down as a stirring, nuanced album that takes a while to take hold.
  5. The most challenging work of Björk's career.
  6. Everything, you suspect, that people hate about Björk is multiplied a thousandfold here. But by the same measure, to her fans, “Medulla” is an intimate, ecstatic wonder.
  7. All in all, though, Medúlla is far too busy. Even when you're experimenting, the less-is-more rule still applies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 103
  2. Negative: 3 out of 103
  1. 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. Expand
  2. RobertD
    Oct 7, 2005
    10
    This album is both grand as it is humble. Björk has truly managed to keep herself through the entire process.
  3. KojoO
    Aug 31, 2004
    10
    just listen to triumph of the heart in the dark then you will know what sound is.
  4. Mar 18, 2012
    10
    Overall, I consider Medúlla to be Björk's best and most refined work because it's fearlessly original andOverall, I consider Medúlla to be Björk's best and most refined work because it's fearlessly original and innovative. Other than that, this album lacks instrumentation but instead, the usage of orchestral choirs and layered vocals revolutionize the third wave of music evolution after the classical and pop/rock periods. If you're looking forward to a novelty or even soothingly haunting, this album is for you. The strongest highlights on this album are "Pleasure Is All Mine," "Who Is It (Carry My Joy on the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right)", "Oceania," and "Submarine." I also give kudos to the high and mighty Björk for her well-crafted and non-repetitive songwriting, a breakaway from the boundaries of generic pop. Expand
  5. JamesN
    Aug 30, 2004
    9
    The concept is stronger than the final product, but the final product is still nothing less than sheer greatness.
  6. Sep 22, 2010
    9
    At the first listen i was very disturbed and the front vcover picture made me cringe, but then I realized that that's who she is and I LOVEAt the first listen i was very disturbed and the front vcover picture made me cringe, but then I realized that that's who she is and I LOVE IT!!!! The songs are great and "Triumph of a Heart" made me dance.....Some songs are lacking what bjork usually gives though Expand
  7. DougR
    Sep 15, 2004
    1
    Pretentious self-indulgent crap - and I am a Bjork fan.

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