Björk - Medúlla
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Based on 18 reviews
2004 Ratings: #64 / 413
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2004 Ratings: #47
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Medulla may divide Björk's audience, but, combining intellectual rigour and sensual ravishment, it is brave and unique.

90
Paste

Medúlla arrives at a time when every last one of us would do well to remember the indomitable power of the human voice.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Instead of singing over interesting beats and scattered rhythms, Björk uses her voice to dictate where the music goes.
84
Pitchfork

It's an outrageous conceit from Iceland's most notorious experimental export, and a huge risk for her career after the relatively conventional, diehard-pleasing Vespertine.

83
Spin

On Medulla, her voice is in constant motion, in sync with the beat, rather than battling it, whether she's running uphill (the orgasmic gasps of "Pleasure Is All Mine") or just bobbing weightlessly ("Vokuro").

80
AllMusic
It's not an immediate album, but it is a fascinating one, especially for anyone interested in the world's oldest instrument being used in unexpected ways.
80
No Ripcord

Basically, bits of Medulla sound similar to Vespertine, but there's a marked distinction in the means of delivery and enough change to keep things interesting.

80
The Observer
Very few performers in the history of pop have possessed the gift of making records which are instantly, recognisably theirs, at the same time as sounding like no other music previously made on this earth. If anyone out there still doubted that Bjork was one of these people, this extraordinary album will soon set them straight.
80
Mojo
Not only the bravest record she's ever made, it's also one of the strangest and most uncompromising by a major artist to get a commercial release.
77
Coke Machine Glow

A fractured LP, compelling and convincing in its intent, but just plain less satisfying than Vespertine or Post.

70
Rolling Stone

Bjork’s seventh studio album is a shocker, the kind of record that’ll stop those who overhear it and make them ask, “What the hell is that?” Medulla is both the most extreme record Bjork has ever released and the most immediately accessible.

60
Slant Magazine

Medúlla is ahead of its time, and its failures are in the minority, but only time will tell if the album can earn a spot in heavy rotation the way Debut, Post, and Homogenic have.

60
Q Magazine
The few electronic beats and textures are deft, discreet soundbeds for the lush intimacies of the vocals, which slip from soothing to strident.
60
Uncut
It is the curious marriage of glottal outpouring and emotional candour to microscopically detailed and often utterly illogical arrangements that keeps her music vital and unpredictable.
40
NOW Magazine
It's an intriguing concept and she's got some excellent vocal technicians helping out, but the slowly unfolding songs just seem incomplete, like a cappella demos sorely in need of instrumental support.
hellodecatur
100

Shout out to Indiana University's Victoria Malawey, who has written multiple fascinating papers about this incredible album (possibly my favorite record of all time).

LukasLima
90

Há 17 anos, Björk lançava o sucessor do Vespertine, o disco "Medúlla", aqui a cantora novamente mostra que a sua criatividade é sem limites.
"Medúlla" é um dos discos mais exóticos da cantora, ele é bem experimental. No disco ela dispensa os instrumentos e faz um projeto totalmente à capela, todo o instrumental do álbum é feito com vozes, em algumas faixas é possível notar o ... read more

Maqtheus
88

Enquanto a experimentações, 'Medulla' é sem dúvida um dos maiores destaques na carreira de Björk, que em seu quinto álbum de estúdio não poupou esforços para atingir em cheio o objetivo de se desvincular de toda proposta trabalhada por ela em seus álbuns anteriores. E ela faz isso trazendo confiança em suas composições e ousadia na produção repleta de camadas e sons orgânicos que giram ... read more

39

idk, its like she knows what she wants to do wit this project, but sometimes it just doesn't work yk?? i enjoyed her previous albums but this one jus didn't stick with me as much
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FAV SONGS: Pleasure Is All Mine, Vokuro

LEAST FAVS: the rest of em.

Calupmullings
92

RE-VISITING EVERY ONE OF MY 9/10+'s: #2:
She forgot the instrumentals 😹😹😹😹😹

Where do you go after crafting one of the most beautiful albums ever made? For Bjork she decided to craft an album using the most beautiful instrument in the world. John Coltrane's saxophone? No close though, the human voice. Bjork creates a soundscape in this album using only her singing, guest vocals and beatboxing, as well as weird throat noises (clearly inspired by Carti but I'll let it slide). Some ... read more

NikoMandalas
61

What an interesting album. It doesn't always work, not close, but the album is interesting, that's for sure.

It's been a while since my last review, partly because I just started another semester of college, and partly because I've been listening to a lot of Vespertine and not a lot of anything else. But it's given me time to listen to Medulla a few times. Funnily enough, with each new listen, I added more songs to my playlist of songs I like. The album reeeeally grew on me, which is a good ... read more

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Added on: July 2, 2011