The international queen of alternative music, Bjork, has
resurfaced with her newest album Medulla. This haunting and
pulse-pounding (and often breathy) collection of songs will have
the listener feel as though they have entered a gothic temple, only
to find Bjork is the one preaching from the pulpit.
The Icelandic Choir stands close behind her, and contributes to
almost half of the tracks. The London Choir also supplies its
vocals for the song “Oceania” (in which the choir
sounds as though it is singing underwater).
“Desired Constellation” is one of the strongest tracks
on the album because it is orchestrated in a friendly fashion for
first-time listeners. But fans of the Icelandic diva will still
find it appealing because, well, it’s Bjork.
“Where is the Line With You” has a heavy and thrusting
rhythm, in which almost halfway through the song it becomes
distorted and fuzzy. The Icelandic Choir plays as Bjork’s
shadow with its magnificent harmonies, thus bringing the strange
and beautiful together in a happy medium.
For a real kick to the pants, there is the tune
“Ancestors,” which features the most breathing compared
to other songs. After listening to the first part of the song, it
sounds as though Smeagol from Lord of the Rings mistakenly enters
The weighty breath of the creature comes out of nowhere and sounds
as though he finally found his “precious” and he
becomes a tad bit overjoyed. It’s an odd tune, and hats off
to listeners who don’t find it bizarre at all.
But have no fear, because songs like “Show Me
Forgiveness” and “Who Is It (carry my joy on the left,
carry my pain on the right)” characterize Bjork’s
dreamy yet powerful voice. “Mouth’s Cradle” and
“Triumph of a Heart” are catchy and dance-friendly,
which put an upbeat end to Bjork’s adventure.
Overall, Medulla is chilling, deep and surprisingly orgasmic at
times. Bjork fans will fall in love with her all over again and new
listeners might want to test the waters of her previous work before