Utopia
Björk - Utopia
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Rank: #276 / 629
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
November 24, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
One Little Indian / Label
Art Pop, Glitch Pop / Genres
www.bjork.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Wondrous and intense, Utopia is as Björkian as it gets.

85
Northern Transmissions

Björk’s confidence and theatricality are in full form here, and the majority of Utopia’s experiments succeed. It’s encouraging that, nine albums in, Björk still has so much to say, and the vision and talent to say it so well.

83
Consequence of Sound

If Vulnicura watched volcanic ash blanketing the life Björk had come to depend on, Utopia paints brand-new life rising from the fertile ground.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Utopia is almost completely a sensory experience, fantastical soundscapes designed for secret snowflake rituals and Valkyrie picnics.

80
The Skinny
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.
70
Slant Magazine

Björk seems to have reconjured the elements that made her music so exceptional, and consistently enough that one can imagine a shorter, more curated iteration of Utopia that could stand with her very best albums.

70
Loud and Quiet

As it is ... ‘Utopia’ remains, in its flawed honesty, floridity and explorative nature, as good an expression of late-period, high-concept Björk as one could hope for.

65
Under The Radar

Utopia, for all its new tricks and ideas, still sounds very much like a Björk record, meaning it will neither disappoint her dedicated base nor catch the casually interested much off guard.

20
The Independent
Achingly dull, and self-regardingly solipsistic.
Nov 19, 2017*
matteo
86
Utopia is the most challenging and adventurous album in Bjork’s discography. If you know where she’s been then you know that’s saying a lot. This album sounds like a synthesis of everything that Bjork has done up until now, but it also forges boldly ahead into the new. Bjork sings and sometimes simply speaks on personal and political topics, with the common thread being her effort to envision a “possible future,” one liberated from the painful mistakes of the past. ... read more
Oct 29, 2017
pouls
NR
is this the smell of the aoty coming through?
Nov 20, 2017*
thisisabtlgrnd
93
Holy shit...

This has got to be one of my favorite Bjork albums. It's a lot to digest, but it's just so organic, so ALIVE sounding, with a bewildering mix of live and synthetic instrumentation. This is the kind of experience I expected when Bjork first announced she'd be working with Arca (Rabit also contributes to this one). I liked Vulnicura, sure, but, for all its fantastic songwriting and arrangements, it was a rather understated album for Bjork. It's beyond wonderful to hear her apply the ... read more
Nov 21, 2017*
plowo
90
EDIT: This The Independent's review has to be some kind of joke because their review are pure ridiculous.

There is no bad song in this, Björk once again deliver to us a magical artwork filled with orchestral instruments like harp and flutes mixing with unorthodoxically weird beats. Even though, sometimes sounds like something she has already done, Utopia is totally unique, original and precisely unpredictable.

Favs: Arisen My Senses, Blissing Me, The Gate, Utopia, Body Memory, Features ... read more
Nov 16, 2017
Leozao
NR
theres no way DAMN. is gonna get away with AOTY... cmon people this was not a bad year.. this was a good year! please bjork SAVE US
END OF YEAR LISTS
#3/Rough Trade
#15/Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. Arisen My Senses
  2. Blissing Me
  3. The Gate
  4. Utopia
  5. Body Memory
  6. Features Creatures
  7. Courtship
  8. Loss
  9. Sue Me
  10. Tabula Rasa
  11. Claimstaker
  12. Paradisa
  13. Saint
  14. Future Forever


Added on: September 18, 2017