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Medulla (2004)

Artist: Bjork
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Format: CD
Sku: 61705722
UPC: 075596298421
UPC 14: 00075596298421
Release Date: 8/31/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Pleasure Is All Mine ~ Bj?rk
2. Show Me Forgiveness ~ Bj?rk
3. Where Is The Line ~ Bj?rk
4. Vokuro ~ Bj?rk
5. Oll Birtan ~ Bj?rk
6. Who Is It (Carry My Joy On The Left, Carry My Pain On The Right) ~ Bj?rk
7. Submarine ~ Bj?rk
8. Desired Constellation: Sonnets / Unrealities XI ~ Bj?rk
9. Oceania ~ Bj?rk
10. Sonnets / Unrealities XI ~ Bj?rk
11. Ancestors ~ Bj?rk
12. Mouth's Cradle ~ Bj?rk
13. Midvikudags ~ Bj?rk
14. Triumph Of A Heart ~ Bj?rk
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 insturments appearnig 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.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bj?rk (vocals, piano, bass instrument, programming); Robert Wyatt (vocals, sampler); Tanya Tagaq Gillis, Mike Patton, The Icelandic Choir (vocals); Nico Muhly (piano); Peter Van Hooke (gong); Valgeir Sigurdsson, Mark Bell , Matmos, Rahzel, Shlomo, Jake Davies (programming).
Muze PNote With 2004's MEDULLA, Bjork's already distinctive musical vision is catapulted into another stratosphere. Using the mouth as the primary instrument--vocal, percussive, and otherwise--MEDULLA evokes the ethereal sound of an angelic spirit and a group of Benedictine monks desperately hurtling through outer space. "Pleasure Is All Mine" immediately establishes MEDULLA's haunting, yet strangely comforting, tone. On top of a distorted background of carnal breathing, the vocals of Bjork, Inuit throat singer Tagaq, Mike Patton (Fantomas/Mr. Bungle), and the Icelandic Choir combine with the rhythms of human beat-box Rahzel, building to an eerily ferocious intensity.
Muze PNote The album, which also features art-rock pioneer Robert Wyatt, shifts back and forth between ambitious, operatically layered tracks ("Where Is the Line," "Desired Constellation") and more direct a cappella songs ("Show Me Forgiveness," "Oll Birtan"). Bjork reaches her peak when she combines both of these seemingly disparate forces, as in the electrifying "Who Is It (Carry My Joy on the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right)" and the album-closer, "Triumph of a Heart." MEDULLA proves that, once again, when it comes to sheer musical audacity, Bjork knows no boundaries.

Producer: Bjork; Mark Bell

Engineer: Bjork; Jake Davies

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Peter Van Hooke

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Sucker Punch (Ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Dirty Projectors
Mount Wittenberg Orca [EP] ~ Dirty Projectors
Original Soundtrack
String Quartet
Travis Sullivan
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/31/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 62984
Music Label Name Label : Elektra (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075596298421

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.79)
- 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "MEDULLA is both the most extreme record Bjork has ever released and the most immediately accessible....[With] and awe-inspiring architecture of sound..."

Spin (p.111)
- "On MEDULLA, her voice is in constant motion, in sync with the beat, rather than battling it..." - Grade: B

Spin (p.65)
- Ranked #19 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "She's a siren, luring us into the mystic with nothing but her voice."

Entertainment Weekly (pp.161-2)
- "[S]he'll soon have you shunning electronica....One of her best efforts..." - Grade: A

Uncut (p.100)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "It is the curious marriage of glottal outpouring and emotional candour to microscopically detailed and often utterly illogical arrangements that keeps her music vital and unpredictable."

Uncut (p.76)
- Ranked #41 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[A]n awe-inspiring achievement..."

The Wire (p.55)
- "MEDULLA breezes with a sense of serendipitous discovery, with Bjork singing as sublime as ever."

CMJ (p.39)
- "The beats of 'Mouth's Cradle' spit and sputter, sometimes as a contrast and sometimes as a perfect fit to the female choir that haunts the corners of the song."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "MEDULLA is not only the bravest record she's ever made, it's also one of the strangest and most uncompromising by a major artist to get a commercial release....[With a] raw beauty, intricate choral arrangements and decidedly outr? production..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Bjork
Product attributeLabel:   Elektra/asylum Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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