Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Björk's Utopia

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Björk's Utopia

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Grade: A

A dimbo pop reviewer for one of our national newspapers suggested that on this album, her ninth, Björk was 'continuing her exploration of structurelessness'. It doesn't sound wildly enticing, does it? Do go on, etc. It is true that on Utopia there is nothing that has the glorious, simple, pop sheen, and hook, of 'Venus As A Boy' from all those years ago. It is true, too, that she looks like a mental on the album cover and cavorts in her videos like a member of the smafolk -- dwarfish and ethereal winged creatures from Scandinavian folklore. But then she was never going to act like Bachman-Turner Overdrive, or Kasabian, was she? This is Björk, as she always was.

There is structure here, a lot of it -- just not of the kind usually found within what we might call popular music. …

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