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Utopia

Björk

Utopia

Ninth studio album from the Icelandic singer and musician produced with Arca who also worked on Vulnicura

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
One Little Indian
UK Release date
24/11/2017
US Release date
24/11/2017
  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    As with most Björk records, Utopia is a lot to take in, and we’ll be absorbing it for a long time
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Utopia feels like both a journey and a collection of statements that define and affirm who Björk is
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  3. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

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  4. 9.0 |   The 405

    Utopia sees Björk demonstrating newfound strength and optimism, painting in bright shades and surrounding herself with the sounds of her own Eden
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  5. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Björk’s genius is needed more than ever
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  6. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    Filled with flute and birdsong, Björk’s 10th album is deeply personal, a discovery of googly-eyed romance, a rebuke of violent men, and a generous offering of love song after love song
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  7. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Icelandic singer returns with a thriving sound world rich in nuance and detail
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    There are no clear cut 'hits' as such, and the album clearly begs to be enjoyed as a whole entity rather than have its innards plucked and picked at. However, if given your full attention, it will transport you to paradise
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    It’s like walking through a vast tropical greenhouse, full of sunlight and twittering birds. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Utopia really delivers on the transcendent promise of its title with the closing "Future Forever". Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Utopia’ is where art, real life and deep experimentation intersects, and it’s utterly compelling
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  12. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    On her longest album to date, she has given herself the space to embrace the natural world as well as continuing to reckon with her past
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  13. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s nothing resembling a versechorus pop song but there are moments where it all threatens to coalesce into the purest beauty
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Björk exudes a lust for life again on her self-styled ‘Tinder album’, a hope-filled set powered by flutes and birdsong
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  15. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Both musically and lyrically, Utopia is extraordinarily gripping and majestically consistent in its intent to shake and uplift
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  16. 8.0 |   Crack

    With a running time near 70 minutes and little care given for formalities of structure, this ranks among her most esoteric creations
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  17. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Utopia mostly sends the orchestra packing, building its bright-lit world around bird-song samples, flutes, harp, choir and electronics, with input from innovative co-producers Arca and Rabit
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  18. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    A fascinating album, one which she crafted with Arca. Together, they make beautiful music where the songs come to life in a futuristic sheen of tranquil wonder
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  19. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Björk’s lyrics compliment the world-transforming music well
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  20. 8.0 |   NOW

    She has always channelled bliss and joy into compelling music, but Utopia’s take on love is more than pure feeling; it’s the basis for a personal and political manifesto
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  21. 8.0 |   music OMH

    If you’re willing to give it your full attention, this is a frequently stunning record. It may often be difficult, but like most hard work, Utopia reaps its own rewards
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  22. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On her latest album, Björk leaves heartbreak behind and shares a dazzling world of love and perfection
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  23. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    The dark liquid that once represented Björk's emptiness becomes a source of love that gushes and flows through her. Where once it felt suffocating, here it feels open and endless
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  24. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    This is Bjork’s way of sending a fond farewell to the past, as she undergoes some changes with a positive embracev
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  25. 7.0 |   The Music

    Protracted, luxurious and messy. While each song has its moments of immediacy, the overall album will take listeners a while to assimilate and appreciate
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  26. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Utopia represents an earnest desire to reconcile a yearning for future happiness with the pain of the past
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  27. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The music ripples and eddies below, offering texture, scenery, or a sonic set of stage directions to accompany the drama
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  28. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Utopia, for all its new tricks and ideas, still sounds very much like a Björk record, meaning it will neither disappoint her dedicated base nor catch the casually interested much off guard
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  29. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    'Utopia' has elements of whalesong, dolphin echo and flute that could be a relaxation track on your Spotify 'Meditate' playlist
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  30. 6.0 |   DIY

    While there’s nearly always a sense of beauty embedded within ‘Utopia’ though, there’s also a feeling of harshness
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  31. 6.0 |   The FT

    Björk’s Utopia is a place where harp, a flute orchestra, rapturous singing, modern classical music and skittish experimental beats are intended to coexist in perfect harmony
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  32. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The best moments, and arguably the most convincing ones, come when Bjork allows Vulnicura’s pain to erupt back into these songs. Print edition only

  33. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The musician’s self-professed ‘Tinder album’ spins from ecstasy to frustration by focusing more on soundscapes than melody
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  34. 5.8 |   Gig Soup

    Clocking in at over 70-minutes there's a lot to digest, but the focus on soundscapes over melody and conventional song structures makes this a difficult album to connect with
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  35. 2.0 |   The Independent

    Achingly dull, and self-regardingly solipsistic
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