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Old 09-26-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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Biophilia

A new album/application/multimedia suite by Bjork



So, I've listened about one and a half time in full to the album's leak, which is supposedly the non-beefed-up iPad app version of the album. Hardly enough to fully digest the work, but I do have a few first impressions to this, probably my most anticipated new album since her last, underwhelming to many yet pretty satisfyingly substantial to me at least, album Volta in 2007 (right? anyway, seems like forever ago).

At first blush, it seems to be a far more thematically and aesthetically unified, even focused work than her last album, with familiar dynamic shifts and album pacing that reminds me of Homogenic above all other Bjork touchstones. Sonically, this also appears to me her most minimalist work to date, something along the lines of Vespertine in terms of layering, which a touch of Medulla's choir-like multi-channel vocal approach. I'm hesitant to call the album minimalist just yet, which might betray some of the most faceted and thrilling electronic arrangements to be found among the folds of certain tracks. Overall there's a certain restraint and calmness to her work here that communicates a degree of spiritual acuity.

Biophilia sounds, for right now, like a refinement of Bjork's many artistic preoccupations over her career, etched, distilled and hardened to the tip of a diamond. I'm almost afraid to hear the changes she's made to the CD version in the ensuing delay. I'd hate for any additions to this particular soundscape to take away from its minimal beauty.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:07 PM   #2
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I've had the iPad app since the day it was launched, and have yet to take a look at it. Probably should get around to that. When's the official release again?
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Some time next month, I think.
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Also, depending on how the physical release sounds, I'll either just download a FLAC of that and buy all the apps, or just keep the leaked copy and buy the CD or Vinyl.
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Too bad the CD or album download don't come with some sort of code to unlock the entire app, that would be nice.
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In Lameblows --> BioFAILia?
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Tracks 4-6 are garbage, everything else is very good. I for one feel that the album feels slight and in need of a few overdubs, so alterations won't harm the album for me as long as she doesn't transform them into an army of Army of Me. The production is remarkable and as much as I love Homogenic, I like her voice and overall presence best when presented with a feather touch, so this works for me, even though I don't consider it on the same level as Vespertine just yet.

Moon and Virus are my favorites from the outset.
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The apps are iPad only, or can they be bought for viewing on a desktop Mac as well with the App Store program?
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Dark Matter is the only track I find the least bit underwhelming currently. We'll see how that changes or not.
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Sorta shocked how little hype there is for this. Pitchfork didn't even post a review on, or before, release day. Popmatters had a pretty positive review up yesterday, though. My copy should be sitting on my porch right now. Wish physical copies came with download codes for the app. Make it happen, Bjork.
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Aye. I think that's one miscalculation for the whole multi-media suite this is intended to be. Purchasing the album should open up all the various connected formats outside of the live installations/performances and such obviously.
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Sorta shocked how little hype there is for this. Pitchfork didn't even post a review on, or before, release day. Popmatters had a pretty positive review up yesterday, though.
Me too. AV Club, which is probably my favorite source of reviews, was scathing towards it, seemingly on account of the idea that the "multimedia" concept had distracted significantly from the music. Having not heard the album yet, I cannot say that I have an opinion on that matter, but I am very much looking forward to hearing this in full.
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Looks like the CD actually comes with 3 extra tracks, and is billed as a "deluxe edition". iTunes apparently has those same 3 extra tracks though. Maybe that's her way of "making up" for the fact that buying the album doesn't give you the app.
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Oh sweet. I really need to get around to ordering my cd soon.
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Wait, which of these do you have, if you can tell:

Amazon.com: Biophilia: Bjork: Music

vs.

http://www.amazon.com/Biophilia-Delu...8381217&sr=8-2

The first isn't labeled a deluxe anything, but one of the first user reviews mentions the album having 13 tracks.
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