Björk - Fossora
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2022 Ratings: #113 / 618
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Based on 904 ratings
2022 Ratings: #9
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit
Its root-like structure – or mycelia – provides a through line for the album that manifests with surprising coherence, warmth and, above all, joy.
90
AllMusic

On this soul-nourishing tour de force, her one-of-a-kind mix of innovation and emotion is as inspiring as it's ever been over her decades-long career.

90
God Is in the TV
You will probably want to play this a number of times, firstly to get yourself into the headspace, and then to appreciate what a truly special album this is, even by its creator’s very high standards. Time well spent.
84
Pitchfork
With her 10th album, Björk is grounded back on earth, searching for hope in death, mushrooms, and matriarchy, and finding it in bass clarinet and gabber beats.
81
Northern Transmissions
There are simply only a few words for "Fossora", Björk’s 10th studio album: epic, heavy, and intense.
80
Mojo

Fossora may involve a strange ecosystem, but it's one filled with hope and joy and life, in all its forms, moving forwards.

80
The Observer
The pop auteur’s 10th album deals with the death of her mother and the dawn of new love by digging deep into Dutch techno, bass clarinets – and fungi.
80
The Telegraph
Björk’s lyrics are arresting and fascinating, poetically delving between grief and exultation, emotional introspection and physical celebration, as she shifts between mourning the death of her mother (in 2018) and celebrating her post-divorce sexual and romantic reawakening.
80
Loud and Quiet

Fossora is another stark shift for Björk. But at its root, it’s her ability to sing with sincerity that allows the songs to flourish.

80
NME
The Icelandic icon's lockdown album was produced in a period of isolation and grief, but her tenth record retains its warmth and accessibility.
80
Clash
To hear someone so comfortable in their own creative process, binding the childhood inquisitiveness that’s never left them to the artistic confidence that they’ve developed over more than three decades, is a delight and a privilege.
80
The Arts Desk

Theatrical, multi-layered, restless, searching, the music and songs of Fossora are akin to four-dimensional sound sculptures.

80
The Independent

Those considering dipping a toe into avant garde pop will find the waters are warm on Fossora. Give it time – it’ll grow on you. Like a fungus.

80
Evening Standard
A product of the Icelandic musician’s ‘fungus period’, this album requires full immersion.
80
The Forty-Five
There is constant growth in communication and Björk is constantly growing, bending, and pushing the expectations of what she is capable of.
80
The Irish Times
With an album that shifts and expands with every listen, she remains as effortlessly, uncompromisingly original as ever.
80
The Sydney Morning Herald

Fossora represents a more tethered, peaceful equilibrium where sadness is acknowledged but is not the main character. Bjork’s feet might be firmly planted on the ground, but she’s looking toward the light.

80
Uncut

It's an album of rich multifaceted complexity that showcases what a truly inimitable artist Björk is.

74
Paste

On the Icelandic icon’s 10th album, intricately arranged songs of grief and love initially come off imposing, but gradually build a fascinating world.

70
Under The Radar

There is an elemental quality to Fossora, its rough edges and sometimes bitter taste being synonymous with those of the earth. This seems like a meaningful explanation of the album’s challenging style, though new listeners are less likely than devotees to accept such a challenge in the long run.

60
Slant Magazine
The album's emotional ballast is interrupted by songs that either feel too underdeveloped or frustratingly over-worked.
jxshmccabe
70

her whole bjüssy and bjööbs went into this.

BradTasteMusic
98

Bjork’s latest album is the ultimate magical journey. It shows what Art Pop can, and should try to achieve. It’s amazing to see her still pushing boundaries even today, after so many projects. She has created one of the most whimsical albums I’ve heard in a while.

The teasers showed really cool pieces, but the full image is pure joy and beauty. The tracks all flow so smoothly, and everything feels like a necessary part of the pacing. The lyrics are intense, cryptic, and ... read more

Calupmullings
100

Hello. It is Christmas time and I am sitting here by my TV. I've been watching it very much lately because I'm on holiday. And I've been seeing all these programs about all sorts of things. About Icelandics being very happy about Christmas, very gay, and also very serious and spiritual. And also seeing Icelandic comic people making jokes. Which they are very good at.
But now I'm curious. I've switched the TV off and now I want to see how it operates. How it can make, put me into all those weird ... read more

SassyTabasco
80

The Queen of Iceland is BACK, baby!! This one's definitely going to take me a couple listens to get into all the little details, but man do I love it already. Björk delivers on her unique brand of strange druidic crooning, this time channeled through themes of mycelium and motherhood. Guess she saw that mushroom documentary on Netflix too, the woman is obsessed.

She thoroughly lives up to her reputation of sonic exploration and vocal mastery, tearing back and forth between infinitely ... read more

keuky
76

i love bjork, always have, always will -- but sometimes, i feel like she miss-sells her albums. with the promise of a 'mushroom home rave' album, it meets us halfway there. conceptually lovely, sonically beautiful, arranged to near perfection. however, she flits between the ground and the heights of choral-choirs in a mishmash that, although well presented, is not as consistent as her previous work. enjoying gettin my bjorkussy boppin tho xo

evelezt
80

I didn't love it but I appreciatte it and I think it's really good, reminded me of my favorite album of hers: Volta.

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Track List

1Atopos
4:46
feat. Kasimyn
90
2Ovule
3:38
84
3Mycelia
2:00
79
4Sorrowful Soil
3:15
83
5Ancestress
7:17
92
6Fagurt Er Í Fjörðum
0:44
76
7Victimhood
6:57
87
8Allow
5:26
89
9Fungal City
4:45
90
10Trölla-Gabba
1:57
feat. Kasimyn
84
11Freefall
4:31
88
12Fossora
4:19
feat. Kasimyn
94
13Her Mother's House
4:33
91
Total Length: 54 minutes
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Added on: July 7, 2022