Björk - Biophilia
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2011 Ratings: #38 / 964
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Based on 614 ratings
2011 Ratings: #157
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October 11, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Consequence of Sound

Though Biophilia is hardly easy listening, even by Björk’s challenging, outlandish standards, there’s little doubting it’ll stand as one of the more rewarding albums of her storied career.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Indeed, with Biophilia, Björk is doing nothing less than rebuilding the human body itself as a music-making machine, and in this she’s just like every other brilliant pop artist.

90
NME
It is that rarest of things, a record so particular to Björk’s own artistry that no-one could ever hope to replicate it.
90
Sputnikmusic
There's no other popular artist who could pull off such an ambitious cosmological concept so well.
88
Beats Per Minute

Biophilia is Björk, the sum total, and this album is her continued claim to the throne as the monarch of avant-pop.

85
Paste
For all my rambling, I can say quite confidently that it is timeless. Not in the traditional Rolling Stones way, but in the way that it escapes any temporal context.
83
Pretty Much Amazing
Once you strip away all the necessary hubris, you’ll be delighted to find the same innovative songwriting we’ve come to expect.
80
musicOMH

There is a sense of individuality in its thematic concerns and in its use of specially constructed instruments, but in essence it feels like a synthesis of Björk’s work thus far (albeit a brilliant one).

80
Drowned in Sound

Biophilia carves out brave new territory for an artist who’s been colonising the fringes of music all her career

80
PopMatters

She’s breaking new ground few others know is out there to begin with.

80
AllMusic

Biophilia is easily her most ambitious project as a whole, but its music is more about completion than competition, even against herself.

80
FACT Magazine
This record might just prove to be one of the career highlights of an artist who’s already had an astonishingly consistent career.
80
Rolling Stone

Biophilia was partly created on an iPad and is being released as a set of apps. But in the songs, human desires and foibles echo natural phenomena.

70
Spin

Björk triumphs over her universe of sonic exercises on Biophilia, but she's yet to master the more slippery nature of demystification.

70
Slant Magazine

The insoluble problem of Biophilia is that Björk has chosen to inflate what is ultimately one of her least essential musical statements to such spectacular proportions. It's almost guaranteed to underwhelm.

62
Pitchfork

For an album ostensibly about the elements, there are some essential pieces missing here.

60
No Ripcord

Despite some flaws in its execution, Biophilia does succeed in pushing beyond the already established album-singles-videos model

50
A.V. Club

As minimally executed as it is maximally conceived, Biophilia doesn’t sculpt emptiness; it swims in it.

50
Under The Radar

Several tracks do reclaim some of Björk's past glory and inspire a bit of wonder, but the majority of Biophilia meanders weightlessly into space.

MothaOfMotha12
76
twinkle twinkle boom boom with icelandic girl that get mad every 7 year
spicyb
79
The magic is still there, but not at full throttle.

Don’t get it twisted, Björk releases yet another great album to add to her catalog. My only real complaint is that these past two albums have shown a fairly large dip in quality in comparison to a lot of her earlier albums. There isn’t anything too significantly outstanding about Biophilia when taking a look at the other things she’s done, but that shouldn’t fully discredit its enjoyability.

Atmospherically, this ... read more
wless
100
Biophilia is an album that combines ethereal melodies with industrial EDM in a way that no one else could ever match. This is not all it has to offer, however. Biophilia is also a metaphor for human phenomena, tied together with the overlying theme of nature. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes its sweet time to grow on the listener, but once familiarized, it becomes a timeless treat. Overall, the album keeps a very consistent mood and theme, allowing for its flaws to be minimal, with ... read more
goncalocouto
72
it has structure and focus, but lacks innovation and ambition. it has some lovely beats, but they aren't always caught
JoaoSantos
62
It had some really nice moments but the rest either was just ok or bad for Björk's standards.

Favorite Tracks: Moon, Mutual Core

Least Favorite Tracks: Dark Matter, Hollow
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Track List

  1. Moon
  2. Thunderbolt
  3. Crystalline
  4. Cosmogony
  5. Dark Matter
  6. Hollow
  7. Virus
  8. Sacrifice
  9. Mutual Core
  10. Solstice
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