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Bjork Audio CD
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1. Pleasure Is All Mine
2. Show Me Forgiveness
3. Where Is The Line
4. Vokuro
5. Oll Birtan
6. Who Is It
7. Submarine
8. Desired Constellation
9. Oceania
10. Sonnets / Unrealities XI
11. Ancestors
12. Mouths Cradle
13. Mivikudags
14. Triumph Of A Heart

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Normally, an artist such as Bjork with a mass audience across the globe steadily eases off as the back-catalog starts to grow. However, Medulla, the fifth proper studio album from Bjork is without a doubt the most challenging collection of music she has ever released.

For the most part, the album is made up of layers upon layers of processed vocal parts arranged in either harmony or dissonance such as "Vokuro" and "Oll Birtan," respectively. Some, such as "Show Me Forgiveness" are simple acapella, the aforementioned sounding like a vocal cut from Debut minus the music. Another echo of Bjork days gone by is "Desired Constellation," a slow trancy pulse underpinning her distinct vocals. "Where Is the Line," "Who Is It," and "Triumph of a Heart" are a bit grimier with a semi-urban twist, the latter a fantastically funky beatbox number with an outstanding introduction, the closest moment to a pop song appearing on Medulla.

Although traditional instruments and breaks have been removed from this album, Medulla is no great departure for Bjork but in a sense it is radically different from any of her previous work. Some will love it, some hate it, and some just won't be sure what to think. --David Trueman

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Bjork is one of the most recognized stars in the world. She has sold millions of copies of her groundbreaking albums, she is an icon of cutting edge style, and she has received worldwide acclaim as an actress. Medulla, Bjork's first new studio album in three years, finds her delving deeper than ever before into her haunting and exhilarating sound and vision. Innovative as always, Bjork has this time built the songs on Medulla entirely from vocal tracks, with no instruments appearing on the album, creating a soundscape unlike anything you've ever heard before. Special guests include Rahzel from The Roots, Mike Patton of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, an Inuit throat singer, an Icelandic choir, the world's greatest human beatboxes and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl Nov. 12 2013
By gene
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Thank you very much for the prompt service and doing business you. The sleeve of vinyl is perfect. And i presume that the vinyl is also perfect. I have not opened for it is a gift.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Constant reinvention, disquieting results Sept. 5 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Having known Björk's music for a while, it is easy for me to understand where Medúlla's perspective comes from. Her endless need to reinvent herself, spinning world after world out of each project's sonic ashes, makes sense to the listener that hears the intimacy in songs like 'Pagan Poetry' and 'Jóga,' or the raw intensity in 'Hidden Place' and 'All Is Full of Love.' To the casual ear, though, this latest album may sound more like a series of a capella experiments, warmups, and even alarming mistakes. It is a fascinating listen, but an alienating one for the uninitiated.
Her spectacular first single, the Athens Olympics debuted siren call 'Oceania,' may have impressed many and confounded a great many others (Poor Katie Couric!), but her decision not to release it commercially is telling of her idiosyncratic view of music in general. Songs like 'Triumph of a Heart' and 'Mouth's Cradle' are both instantly recognisable as patent Björk magic and incredible sonic journeys, but digressions like 'Ancestors' and 'Miðvikudags' (Icelandic for Wednesdays) may confuse or even frighten. Her interest in paganistic, primal grunts and whistles is compelling to hear about, but disarming to listen to. That, in general, is the sense one will be left with after listening to most of these songs, sadly. But there are a number of worthy gems to be found, 'The Pleasure Is All Mine' and the e e cummings-based 'Sonnets/Unrealities XI' being remarkable examples.
Björk is a leader in her field and a master of innovation. But Medúlla is a departure many fans will have a difficult time following along with.
Look for the second single, 'Who Is It,' to come out on October 25.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Sept. 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Granted this is not a C.D. that you can turn on at your next cocktail party or throw in your walkman during your morning run. If you want that, listen to something else. As for all the long time Bjork fans who want another Homogenic you are not going to get it. Shes been there and done that. Any worth while musician, artist or even actress for that matter must progress and inspiration is not a static phenomena.
Medulla is an amazing album, one to be listened to with giant headphones at 2 in the morning with some sort of snack food in hand. This album is tribal yet cosmopolitan, somber yet ecstatic, avant-garde yet organic, beautiful and rough. The Inuit influence is glaring and perhaps those unfamiliar with the art form will be very perplexed but why not expose yourself to a new experience, you can only be the better for it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On Medulla, Bjork has included some of her best and some of her worst work to date. While the majority of these songs are magnificent [particularly Mouth's Cradle, Oceania, and Who Is It] there are two tracks in particular that I wish I could delete. Both Submarine [which sounds like it is being performed by a deranged barber shop quartet] and Ancestors are examples of eccentric nonsense... absolutely horrible!
That said, despite the lack of "instruments" the album has a definite pop sensibility that is reminiscent of Homogenic and to a lesser extent Post, and is a world away from the dainty sound of Vespertine. Also unlike Vespertine is that there are easily indentifiable singles on this album. The Pleasure Is All Mine, Where Is The Line, Who Is It, Oceania, Mouth's Cradle, and Triumph Of A Heart could all potentially climb the charts the same way songs like Hyperballad, I Miss You, and Bachelorette managed to in the late 90's.
Like all of Bjork's albums, Medulla is initially challenging but quickly becomes familiar as your ears grow accustomed to the wild key changes and its whimsical movements. Its sound is electronic but primal at the same time... a blend of ancient and modern.
For those of us who were let down by Vespertine, Medulla harkens back to when Bjork wrote catchy, melodic pop music. It is not as full-on in your face as Homogenic [5 stars] or Post [4 stars], but Medulla still manages to charm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mouth music March 29 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ever heard of mouth music? It's a traditional technique for producing music with nothing except rhythmic vocals -- literally, just music from the mouth. Quirky Icelandic Bjork isn't a Celt, but she takes the term "mouth music" to new heights in the enchantingly challenging "Medulla," an album whose music is based on the voice.

Bjork embarks on her strangest and most experimental musical journey here. Not just one kind of song, but many -- majestic medieval-flavored music to pop to hymns to an eerie vocal ballad backed by throat singing. Bjork even beatboxes with a choir behind her, giving a sort of classical hip-hop sound to the music. Can't get that just anywhere.

"Medulla" isn't entirely devoid of instrumentation... the non-vocal variety, that is. There's a pretty piano solo to "Ancestors," and the deep bassline of "Submarine." Keyboards pop up occasionally But those are the exception -- most of the time it's Bjork's soft vocals, singing, grunting, whistles, and various gutteral sounds -- sort of a dolphin-on-acid noise. It's wonderfully weird.

After the pretty but vaguely monotonous "Vespertine," Bjork just bursts out with her new sound. What's strangest is the effect it has when one is listening to it -- it's powerful and visceral, lulling you one moment and making you shiver the next. At times it's unnerving -- the grunts range from sexy to ghastly, and are enough to make you squirm -- but it never fails to provoke a response.

"Medulla" isn't a full departure from her past material. The opening number has echoes of "Vespertine," while "Where is the Line" hints at "Homogenic." But the heart and soul of "Medulla" rests in an entirely new zone, far away from the icy grandeur of her past trip-hop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not be quick to judge...
I agree with the reviewer below me. Do not take just one person's opinion on this release.
Although this CD strays away from much of Bjork's past upbeat and radio friendly... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2006 by "xungodx"
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Line?
The first time I heard Medulla, I had some severe doubts about it. It's very...weird, if that word can best describe this work of art. Read more
Published on March 10 2005 by Aali
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form after 20 years!
It's a harsh listen, it's not angelic. It's not pop and it seems people are upset Bjork would "betray" her fans by abandoning dance music. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2005 by J. Rehlinger
4.0 out of 5 stars dont listen to the reviewer above
just because the other reviewer did not like it, does not mean that it isnt a good cd! its bjork experimenting again, like she does on every album. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Halloween never sounded spookier
Ok, when I first heard that Bijork was coming out with another album I was excited. So I ran to the nearest store and purchased it for $17.99 CDN. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2004 by Daniel L
1.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was the sound track for the Grudge
When I heard that Bijork Released a new album I was excited!
So I bought it.
I played it.
Now I'm wondering if I bought the right album. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2004 by Daniel L
2.0 out of 5 stars I can make those noises with my mouth too!
An album with no instuments, just noise from people's mouths gets annoying after a while. Nothing on this album stands out. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2004 by ital_m_24
5.0 out of 5 stars Medulla is a relationship
Bjork's Medulla is a challenging journey, but it is one worth taking if you are a serious fan of her music and vision. She does not present a disc for the casual listener. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good, actually
It's good. Very. It is real music for the real 'now'. Wonderfully inventive. Beauty reaching the spiritual. Bjork excites and inspires with her latest.
Published on Sept. 27 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Disappointing
I have been a fan of Bjork for a long time. Each of her other albums were innovative, interesting and somewhat fun. This one sucks pretty bad. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2004 by Jean-Guy Niquet
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