Album Review: Björk’s Biophilia
There are very few musicians working in popular music that I would call a true artist; this Icelandic nymph is at the top of list. Biophilia, the 8th full length studio album from Björk, is a piece of art that stretches our imagination and defies the boundaries of popular music.
To aid in her creation, Björk collaborated with Apple to create the first app album. She composed a major portion of Biophilia on the Ipad. Ipad/Iphone users can download a Biophilia app and within lies a musical solar system where every song has its own app. You are able to explore each individual song through games, abstract animation, karaoke and editing features which allow you to manipulate the song itself and create your own version.
Björk describes the Biophilia experience as “encompassing music, apps, internet, installations, and live shows.” This is truly the first multimedia album. To all you non-apple folks out there, don’t fret. If you strip away all the technology behind this album, it is the music that makes Biophilia Björk’s best album in quite some time.
(4 1/2 stars out of 5)
Biophilia is so many things: sometimes a dreamy music box, very much like Vespertine; sometimes a chilling nightmare; sometimes an electro explosion and sometimes Björk is just so far out there you are compelled to simply listen and follow her on this musical journey.
Stand out songs: Crystaline, Cosmonogy, Virus, Mutual Core and Sacrafice