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4 stars I have nearlly completed my Bjork collection, and whenever I can get my hands of Medulla, I will review it.

This album saw a slight return to form for Bjork, where Vespertine was a more experimental album that dealt with harmony and melody in an interesting fashion, and Medulla was an album which was completely vocal based, this album saw a return to massive rhythm sections, electronic noodling and cathcy melodies and weird Bjork moments.

This album by far isn't her best, but look at it from this point. It's still Bjork. Their are real classic Bjork moments and songs that I will listen to over and over again. The album saw the inclusion of some familar faces as well.

This album is also like most Bjork albums, it starts off amazing, gets slightly weaker, and picks up at the end.

1. Earth Intruders - Great rhythm. Very earthly. Amazing arrangement. Goes on a wee bit though. The ending horn parts are a wee bit annoying. I can't really notice Timberland's contribution to this song. 9/10

2. Wanderlust - Great lyrics. The mixture of horns and IDM rhythms is amazing. 10/10

3. The Dull Flame Of Desire - Best song on the album. This song also got me into Anthony & The Johnsons, who's lead singer Anthony Hegarty does some vocals in this song, and his vocals realy are some of the most interesting vocals I have ever heard. The horn arrangment is also reminds me of an anthem or a hymn. 10/10

4. Innocence - Timberland's type of producing is very ear catching, and is amazing in this song. It's very interesting to hear Bjork from this perspective. 10/10

5. I See Who You Are - Some interesting saukachi playing. Odd, but beautiful in its own right. I prefer the remix of the song though. 9/10

6. Vertebræ By Vertebræ - Again, quite odd. Pretty hypnotic. Great lyrics. 8/10

7. Pneumonia - Very slow, soothing and yet confusing. The lyrics are also quite vivid, being that the song is about Bjork having pneumonia. 9/10

8. Hope - Great use of asian rhythms and melodies. Interesting lyrics and ideas put forward. 8/10

9. Declare Independance - I remember the video for this song had just came out at the time that I was just starting to get into Bjork. I remember thinking new Bjork song, I can't wait. I was a bit surprised, cause theirs no real amazing vocal melody or anything, but its really hypnotic. The bass line is just amazing. Very anthemic and anarchistic. Very noisy song. 10/10

10. My Juvenile - Nice arrangment and vocals. Good ending to an interesting album. 9/10

CONCLUSION: I'm just glad to know that Bjork will always exist in some form or another haha.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |


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