Album Review : BIOPHILIA

Artist                  :       BJORK

Genre                 :       ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Date of Released     :               2011

We all know that Bjork is an eclectic musical performer but we never expected that she would be this experimental.  It is quite difficult to describe her music in this album into few words.  Each song needs paragraphs if you want to really review each song individually.  But, you can make universal description taking all the songs as a whole; weird but not boring, experimental but not without consideration to listeners.  In fact there are songs in here that feels like you are watching sci-fi movies and that is a treat considering that most songs need to be heard all over again in order to get a feel first before you appreciate the whole thing.

Many listeners will find several songs as not music but just a whimper and other vocal exercises which Bjork is known for.  When you deliver musical goods which are not musical friendly expect that listener will try to dwell on the lyrics of the songs in order to understand why the performer used a particular musical structure.  It is indeed very interesting to seek out first what “Biophilia” means as starting point in the investigation why this album is structured this way.

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the term refers to “hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature.”  With that definition, you begin to realize that this album is about interaction.  It is not just about composing lyrics and creating melodies.  It is also about arranging the music in a manner that the listeners will find a narrative.  Since this album is interactive in terms of intent, the whole album felt like a video game because of the techno beats it used.  If you listen closely, you never hear actual instruments in some of the songs she created in here.  Thus, for those who are not aware about the accompanying “application” the album has, it is indeed a surprise for them.

As a whole, the album is tolerable for those who are not digging Bjork.  But for her loyal fans this is a treat and for the music industry, this is groundbreaking.  If Rolling
Stone magazine declared “Like A Prayer” album of Madonna as “as close as art can be,” this album is art pop indeed.  I rate this record 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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