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Album-Review: Björk – Fossora

Art pop legend Björk is back with her tenth studio album "Fossora".

Fossora is one of Björk's most experimental and outlandish projects ever – and that is quite the accomplishment considering the artist's discography. At the core of the album's instrumentation lie bass clarinets and pounding post-industrial beats. They are combined with more classical elements. Sadly, the resulting arrangements, while unique and atmospheric, don't seem to quite mash up as well as they could at times and meander around too often structurally. The consequence is that Fossora itself fails its core message: connecting – at least with me mostly. There is still a lot of magic and inspiration to be found on the album though – and some highlights too, most notably the lead single Atopos, which features a Reggaeton beat as well memorable lyrics and vocals, and the beautiful closing track Her Mother's House. Ultimately, Fossora is very recommendable in spite of its flaws, including filler interludes. Even if the songwriting doesn't always captivate, the sonic palette and Björk's eccentricism and vocal attitude sure do. Also, Fossora seems to be predestined for being a big grower. 

7 / 10

  1. Atopos | 80
  2. Ovule | 80
  3. Mycelia | 60
  4. Sorrowful Soil | 75
  5. Ancestress | 70
  6. Fagurt Er Í Fjörðum | NR
  7. Victimhood | 75
  8. Allow | 80
  9. Fungal City | 80
  10. Trölla-Gabba | 65
  11. Freefall | 75
  12. Fossora | 60
  13. Her Mother's House | 85