Sunday 20 April 2014

Bjork still refuses to sell out

Album Review: Bjork, Bastards (One Little Indian)

Bjork's eighth album, Biophilia, was released to widespread indifference 12 months ago – a fate she has had to get used to in recent years.

It's not that her output is necessarily fading in quality (although only a fool would suggest she has been able to match the mastery of her early solo albums), it's more a sense that her willingness to experiment has put off all but the most devoted fans.

This stop-gap album – which sees Biophilia remixed by an eclectic bunch of musicians – is unlikely to plug the sales-rot, although it offers further evidence that Bjork's visionary worldview can fit neatly in a more commercial package.

Thanks to the retooling abilities of Matthew Herbert, Death Grips, Hudson Mohawke and a host of others, Bjork's eccentricities have been rendered dance-floor friendly.

The results are mixed although Omar Souleyman's smart re-invention of opening track Crystalline is among the handful that improves on the original recorded version.

Like Bjork's previous albums, Biophilia has been remixed extensively and this album represents only a quarter of those that the Icelandic musician has sanctioned.

Key tracks Crystalline; Sacrifice

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