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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B005ELQVGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Thunderbolt
3. Crystalline
4. Cosmogony
5. Dark Matter
6. Hollow
7. Virus
8. Sacrifice
9. Mutual Core
10. Solstice
11. Hollow (original extended version)
12. Dark Matter (with choir & organ)
13. Nattura

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"What I always wanted to do was to reconnect musicology with nature," Icelandic composer and performer Björk recently told the New York Times. "I always wanted to make bass lines behave like gravity."

Biophilia is the Icelandic singer and composer's most ambitious undertaking in a 20-year career distinguished by continuous innovation and artistic evolution. The album title refers to a love of all living things, and in every aspect of this game-changing multi-media effort, Björk brilliantly connects nature, music, and technology.

In addition to the music itself, this project will offer interactive iPad apps, designed by the industry's most creative minds, that feature games, music, and editorial content-allowing listeners to explore more deeply the concepts and sounds of each of Biophilia's 13 songs.

The artistic and technological reach of Biophilia is nothing short of visionary. As New York Times critic Jon Pareles has put it, "Biophilia is a possible paradigm for the 21st-century album, one that welcomes the interactivity of the Internet and harnesses the power and flexibility of devices that incorporate video, audio and user control far beyond the play button." Media artist and chief Biophilia apps designer Scott Snibbe, enthuses, "To me, it feels like the birth of opera or the birth of cinema."

At the core of this groundbreaking project, of course, are Björk's sonically brilliant and emotionally stirring new songs, akin to the magical, otherworldly, atavistic hymns of her acclaimed 2001 disc, Vespertine. On Vespertine, Björk rhapsodized about a new romance; here, she attempts nothing less than to retell the story of the creation of the universe in her own compellingly idiosyncratic voice.

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I love this album and i'm gonna go ahead and say it.
War
Since then, Bjork has released seven more albums, most of which towed a fine line between highly creative pop music and experimental, even otherworldly songs.
Douglas King
It sounded like she had no direction entering the studio, and also had just a bunch of random sounds everywhere with no real direction.
NothingNess

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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Douglas King VINE VOICE on October 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
When Bjork released her first adult solo album, "Debut", in 1993, Bjork's ecstatic voice and unique songwriting offered a refreshing take on dance-pop music. Since then, Bjork has released seven more albums, most of which towed a fine line between highly creative pop music and experimental, even otherworldly songs.

Bjork's new album, "Biophilia" is her most ambitious, intuitive, and non-commercial album to date. (And considering Bjork's catalog, that's really saying a lot.) If you are looking for catchy, easily digestible pop music, than this is not the album for you. Even for a hardcore Bjork fan like me, it took a few complete listens to start to wrap my head around this album. At first listen, it seemed amelodic, difficult, and inaccessible. But once I gave in to it, the songs began to slowly reveal themselves to me. And I found myself in a strange, beautiful, and yet somehow familiar world.

"Biophilia" is an intersection. Thematically, the entire album is about science. With "Vespertine" (my all-time favorite Bjork album), Bjork explored the human condition through music about intimate human relationships. With "Biophilia", Bjork explores the human condition through the context of our place in the natural world. "Biophilia" exists at the intersection between science and music, between human beings and our environment, between classical music and modern electronica, between emotion and instinct.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By jameswho on November 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
At last Björk has mananged to make something lasting. This is her "Night of Hunters"; in many ways, it harks back to "Homogenic" (her masterpiece), but it also forges new ground. The brass of "Volta" makes an appearance, but it also has some of the more pensive and... well, different elements of "Drawing Restraint 9". Yes, some of the same things appear in "Volta", but they just managed to make the album feel uneven, like it didn't quite know what it wanted to be. On here, everything works towards the common goal.

"Moon" is probably one of the most wonderfully realised songs she's written in a long time, and a perfect introduction to the feeling of the album. And then you listen on and WHAM: "Virus", "Sacrifice", and "Mutual Core". These three are perhaps among the best songs she's ever written: "Virus" is outstandingly beautiful, "Sacrifice" starts off unassuming and then hits you, and "Mutual Core" just blows you away.

We seem to forget how few albums Björk has actually made; "Volta" was a fun album, with a dark edge, and yes it was uneven, but it was right after "Medulla", which probably her most interesting album, if also slightly uneven.

And then she produced this. "Biophilia" is her most modern and accomplished work. She's back, not that she ever really went away. Brilliant.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. D. on October 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really cannot understand why this Cd has been reviewed so highly by critics and so poorly by customers. Well, I have to agree with the critics: This is a great album, some of Bjork's best, and one of the only modern music that is worthy of some attention. All tracks are masterpieces. Moon is minimalistic, but is all about Bjork's voice. The other stand-outs are, in my opinion: Cosmogony, Mutual Core and Sacrifice. All great. I hope the rating gets higher with time. Admittedly, as it often happens with Bjork, this album needs time to grow, but when it does, it becomes wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelley D. Bowen on January 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When I first popped this in, I was very confused but knew I heard good parts in the confusion. I listened a second time and was not as perplexed but still could not completely wrap my head around Bjork's style for this album. I listened a 3rd time and it finally clicked.

The truth is that Bjork has become so good that everything she does raises the bar and is always unique. This album has it's own unique style that stands on it's own and can't be categorized. Neither can the majority of Bjork's other albums. Some Parts are reminiscent of "Homogenic", "Vespertine", and even "Medulla". Somehow though, this album has it's own sound though still.

If you're a beginner to Bjork, start with something like "Post".

If you're a longtime fan of hers, I guarantee you'll like this album.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tenchi Masaki on January 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Leave it to the innovative genius of Björk to take music to the next level by making an interactive app; the first app album ever actually.
The Biophilia app allows Björk's fans get closer to her vision while also letting the fans experiment with some of the songs and sounds themselves.

Biophilia for me is Björk's most fulfilling album since Vespertine. Also, the album echoes vocals from Medulla, instruments similar to Vespertine and Volta, and the technology that made Homogenic so groundbreaking.

1. MOON contemplates emotional rebirth, explores lunar cycles, the tides, and human biological rhythms. MOON is a calm, tranquil song that features the harp and some of Björk's famous wailing.

2. THUNDERBOLT is the thirst of miracles - a track forged from arpeggios of lightning. THUNDERBOLT's rhythm mostly comes from Björk's specific vocals and features a choir, and a teslacoil bassline.

3. The spatial aspects of both crystals and music unite our internal and external worlds in CRYSTALLINE. CRYSTALLINE is a really fun song with an epic ending that will blow your mind away. The song features a gameslete and will have you constantly repeating, and dancing.

4. COSMOGONY explores the different myths and theories of how our universe might have come to be. COSMOGONY takes you on a mesmerizing journey through our universe with a bass, choir, and Björk; beautiful and emotionally moving.

5. Breath is a spirit that pervades the cosmos, and the invisible "DARK MATTER" pervades the universe. DARK MATTER is mostly vocals and an organ type instrument. The song echoes something from Medulla and is pretty creepy and slow.

6. HOLLOW is inspired by Bjork's own genetic ancestry.
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