Björk - Biophilia
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2011 Ratings: #38 / 907
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Based on 324 ratings
2011 Ratings: #147
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.

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
amw100
49
in a extremely forgettable effort Bjork shows us flashes from the past with some new elements of a little dubstep and EDM
exception
72
EDIT: I haven't gone through this album in it's entirety since first listening to it. Biophilia is a daring experiment from Bjork, however it doesn't have the same appealing characteristics that her best albums had.

on this album, i felt that some tracks were classic bjork, similar to what is on vespertine and homogenic, and then out of NOWHERE came these dubstep/edm riffs. it was good, but seemed a little out of place for bjork, but then she followed the pace of it. i really liked some ... read more
Plats
70
“Biophilia” was a weird experience for me and not in the best way. There are moments of pure bliss and the concept behind this album is genius! But while there’s some amazing songs here, there are also a few moments in the tracklist that are painfully underwhelming and left me scratching my head as to why these left the cutting room floor.

Fav Tracks: Crystalline, Cosmogony, Virus, Mutual Core, Moon

Least Fav Track: Hollow

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kimseohyun
94
Björk is a musical genius. The way subjects such as anxiety and the link with the universe are simply cohesive and consistent with the concept of the album. The highlight of the album is certainly the sequel: Thunderbolt-Crystalline-Cosmogony, with each of them with a characteristic beauty. Biophilia is an album full of information and innovations lived by the singer. Art.
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Track List

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