Medúlla

Label
One Little Indian Records
Release date
2 Mar 2009
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
45:45

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pleasure Is All Mine 3:27 156,594
2 Show Me Forgiveness 1:24 149,907
3 Where Is the Line 4:41 103,115
4 Vökuró 3:14 66,982
5 Öll Birtan 1:52 79,311
6 Who Is It (Carry My Joy on the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right) 3:57 46,169
7 Submarine 3:14 120,981
8 Desired Constellation 4:56 123,834
9 Oceania 3:25 158,032
10 Sonnets/Unrealities XI 1:59 49,967
11 Ancestors 4:08 104,762
12 Mouth's Cradle 4:00 103,117
13 Midvikudags 1:24 51,161
14 Triumph of a Heart 4:04 94,575

About this album

Medúlla, meaning “marrow” in Latin, is an album by Icelandic singer/songwriter/musician Björk, which was released on 30 August 2004 (see 2004 in music).

The album is almost entirely a cappella and constructed with human vocals; only few musical instruments are featured: a bass synthesizer on “Who Is It” and “Mouth’s Cradle”, piano on “Ancestors” and a gong on “Pleasure Is All Mine”. However, the vocals are sometimes processed or sampled: for example, the atmospheric haze that dominates “Desired Constellation” was created from a sample of Björk singing the phrase “I’m not sure what to do with it” from “Hidden Place” on her previous album, Vespertine.

The album features beatboxing, choral arrangements and throat singing, as well as guest appearances by such artists as Mike Patton, Robert Wyatt, Tagaq, Rahzel (formerly of The Roots), Shlomo and Dokaka.

All songs were written by Bjork, except the lyrics for “Sonnets/Unrealities XI” which was based on a poem by E. E. Cummings, and the song “Vökuró”, originally by Jórunn Viðar.

Björk received two Grammy Award nominations for Medúlla, including Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Oceania”, and Alternative Music Album. This album is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

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  • Chadion

    Oh, and i LOVE this cover. So glad i got the special edition with the poster lol.

    30 Jul 6:00pm Reply
  • Chadion

    Liking this more and more with each listen.

    5 Jul 3:05pm Reply
  • Meskh

    her best 2

    30 May 12:41pm Reply
  • everydayrobots

    her best.

    21 May 12:48am Reply
  • VitorZombie

    fave

    20 Apr 11:58pm Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    Слишком экспериментальный. Единственный альбом Бьорк, который ну никак не идёт вообще. Не могу слушать всякие вопли, охи-ахи, вздохи. Но 3-5 песен можно выделить из этого альбома.

    6 Apr 2:11pm Reply
  • DeathByPOGs

    !!

    25 Mar 7:29pm Reply
  • DouglasCostaAx

    Hmmm...maybe her most experimental and challenging album but I simply didn't enjoy it as much as her other albums. Maybe it'll grow on me. [3]

    11 Mar 12:58pm Reply
  • iamqueef

    Might just be my favorite.

    29 Jan 8:39pm Reply
  • enxe3

    Hmmm...maybe her most experimental and challenging album but I simply didn't enjoy it as much as her other albums. Maybe it'll grow on me. [2]

    27 Jan 11:29am Reply
  • Funhouse125

    bjork at her weirdest. to me her most challenging and perfect work after Vespertine <3 [2]

    14 Jan 9:02pm Reply
  • luen05

    bjork at her weirdest. to me her most challenging and perfect work after Vespertine <3

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mkdillon2008

    love the album art [3]

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DouglasCostaAx

    love the album art [2]

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Frank_War

    10 years <3

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sarinasingh

    love the album art

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Bosc

    How have I never heard anyone mention this album?!?! Her best I've heard yet easily!!

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    I can't understand ppl's love for this album. I don't like it at all :D The only song I love is Mouth's Cradle

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • donotcurseatme

    This album is GENIUS.

    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Hmmm...maybe her most experimental and challenging album but I simply didn't enjoy it as much as her other albums. Maybe it'll grow on me.

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
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