Björk ‎– Utopia

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Björk's 11th full-length studio album (or 9th if you don't count her 2 soundtracks).
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Utopia singles:
The GateBlissing Me

Utopia-Related releases:
Arisen My Senses (Remix EP)

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Versions (25)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
tplp1381cdx Björk Utopia(CD, Album) One Little Indian tplp1381cdx UK 2017 Sell This Version
none Björk Utopia(14xFile, AAC, Album, 256) One Little Indian none 2017
none Björk Utopia(14xFile, AIFF, Album, 24 ) One Little Indian none 2017
none Björk Utopia(14xFile, ALAC, Album, 24 ) One Little Indian none 2017
tplp1381dl Björk Utopia(14xFile, FLAC, Album, 16 ) One Little Indian tplp1381dl 2017
none Björk Utopia(14xFile, FLAC, Album, 24 ) One Little Indian none 2017
tplp1381dl Björk Utopia(14xFile, MP3, Album, 320) One Little Indian tplp1381dl 2017
none Björk Utopia(14xFile, WAV, Album, 24 ) One Little Indian none 2017
tplp1381dl Björk Utopia(14xFile, WAV, Album, 24 ) One Little Indian tplp1381dl 2017
tplp1381 Björk Utopia(2xLP, Album) One Little Indian tplp1381 UK & US 2017 Sell This Version
tplp1381 Björk Utopia(2xLP, Album) One Little Indian tplp1381 UK & US 2017 Sell This Version
tplp1381ltd Björk Utopia(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pea) One Little Indian tplp1381ltd UK 2017 Sell This Version
podcd0839 Björk Utopia(CD, Album) One Little Indian podcd0839 Australia 2017 Sell This Version
HSE-6486 Björk Utopia(CD, Album) Hostess Entertainment Unlimited HSE-6486 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
5054197926921 Björk Utopia(CD, Album) Embassy Of Music 5054197926921 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
5054197926822 Björk Utopia(CD, Album) Embassy Of Music 5054197926822 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2017 Sell This Version
tplp1381cd Björk Utopia(CD, Album, S/Edition, Dig) One Little Indian tplp1381cd UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
m6637 Björk Utopia(CD, Album, S/Edition, Dig) One Little Indian m6637 France 2017 Sell This Version
5054197926822 Björk Utopia(CD, Album, S/Edition, Dig) Embassy Of Music 5054197926822 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2017 Sell This Version
tplp1381cd Björk Utopia(CD, Album, S/Edition, Dig) One Little Indian tplp1381cd US 2017 Sell This Version
tplp1381cd Björk Utopia(CD, Album, Unofficial) One Little Indian (2) tplp1381cd Russia 2017 Sell This Version
none Björk Utopia(CDr, Album, Promo) AllPoints none France 2017 Sell This Version
1381P5 Björk Utopia(CDr, Album, Promo) One Little Indian 1381P5 UK 2017 Sell This Version
SL1820 Björk Utopia(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Star Line (7) SL1820 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
tplp1381c Björk Utopia(Cass, Album, Ltd, Lig) One Little Indian tplp1381c UK 2019 Sell This Version

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maxal

maxal

December 14, 2018
referencing Utopia, CD, Album, tplp1381cdx
Agreed - Utopia is produced beautifully on vinyl, as are the three album singles. Every detail is catered to perfection: Bjork's voice, the pure brilliance of the music, high music production, cover art and vinyl colour. The four x vinyl Utopia set is a must-have in my opinion. It's one of the best examples of "getting it right" I have bought.

It's strange / interesting what some have pointed out about Bjork's past vinyl production. Apart from a few highly-collectible examples, which are now too expensive, many have commented on vinyl problems. Generally, I've found certain INDIE (!!!) bands / labels are consistently produced well and I've taken it to mean a small company can have better control and perhaps they care more. (So, what's up One Little Indian?)

I'm glad a high standard is achieved for Utopia. One Little Indian got it right. Bjork's artistry in music - quiet bits, high notes, contrast in instruments - demands attentive production. This leaves the rest of Bjork's music crying out to be properly produced on vinyl.
Patli

Patli

September 5, 2018
referencing Utopia, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pea, tplp1381ltd

mine came with a free extra a side label stuck right onto the record lol
reTcon

reTcon

February 12, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Utopia, 14xFile, WAV, Album, 24 , none
Painful to listen to.. scratchy and brickwalled like hell. What's the point in releasing this in 24 bit / 96 khz?
ShriekElectro

ShriekElectro

January 25, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Utopia, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pea, tplp1381ltd

Great album, solid pressing, little-to-no interference. There's some noticeable cut-off during some song transitions that seem to ruin the experience, however.

The peach color looks wonderful, though!
wassim_elia

wassim_elia

January 21, 2018
referencing Utopia, 2xLP, Album, tplp1381

Björk album pressings are quite known for not having the best audiophile quality out there, actually most of them don't do justice to the music that they contain... but wow. I beg to differ with this pressing, phenomenal, breathy pressing. It's dead quiet, clear of clicks and pops, dynamic & grand. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the album as much as I did.
mateus.buzzo

mateus.buzzo

December 18, 2017
referencing Utopia, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pea, tplp1381ltd
This thing is beautiful! Serious, this is so so beautiful! It was printed on a glossy paper, since the front cover to the sleeve which holds the vinyls. The lyrics to all the fourteen tracks were printed on the sleeves together with an art exclusively for the album and the "thank you" section. The discs... aaaaah the discs! These discs are heavy, but certainly not 180g, and they are peach coloured. Describing them with words is not enough to say how beautiful they are. And the sound quality... except for a few pops on side D, it was immaculate pressed! The vinyl is really quiet with solid bass so we can listen to all the birds and flutes the way Björk and Arca wanted to.
The album itself is really abstract. We can see that on the front cover. I was panicked when I first saw it, but let's think about it. This is abstract, maybe utopic, the way Björk and Arca wanted to be. Listen to those flutes and those birds, see the front cover, the flowers inside and understand the lyrics makes the Utopia experience closer to the Vespertine and Vulnicura experience.
A great great album with a great great Rough Trade exclusive edition. 5 stars once again for this amazing Icelandic musician.
Bitsteam

Bitsteam

December 16, 2017
referencing Utopia, 14xFile, WAV, Album, 24 , none
An extremely loud and lifeless master that makes it impossible for me to get through to the music.

WHY?
erik7778910

erik7778910

December 12, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Utopia, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pea, tplp1381ltd
This edition sounds great, the vinyl is very quiet except for a few clicks on the last side. The packaging is very nice as well, glossy inner and outer sleeves along with little details such as artwork on the inside of the gatefold pockets.
molokomole

molokomole

December 8, 2017
referencing Utopia, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pea, tplp1381ltd

Yeesh. I don't know what to say. I have bee a Bjork fan since the early 90's, when she was the lead singer for the Sugarcubes. I have all three of the Sugarcubes records, as well as her of her solo outings (with the exception of the one she recorded at age eleven) including Gling-glo. There was a time that I could buy her records without ever having heard them and was never worried that I may not like them. Those days are over.

In the last 12 or so years, her releases seem to have less and less structure and melody, and are lacking the innovation of her earlier works. Utopia is no exception. There is nothing really new here, much of the album seems derivative of the quieter moments of Debut, with a bit of Homogenic thrown in for good measure. In interviews, Bjork labels the record a joyous affair. I don't really hear the joy in these songs. With practically no melodies, no vocal acrobatics, and the slow, laborious pace of the album, it doesn't come across as joyful to me. Not to mention the fact that the album clocks in an at a whopping 73 minutes. Without structure, and similar pacing in each of the songs, I am frankly having a difficult time even distinguishing the tracks from one another. The album as a whole seems disjointed to me, with strings and woodwinds seemingly randomly placed throughout. Clearly, the critics disagree, as the album is garnering quite a bit of critical acclaim. I have to wonder, have these critics ever heard Vespertine, or Homogenic? Perhaps I am a jaded fan, but in my humble opinion, Utopia does not hold a candle to these albums.

In conclusion, I cannot recommend this album to even the the most avid Bjork fans. The record feels tedious, and I don't think that music should ever feel "challenging to get through". If you are thinking of purchasing this album, I advise you to try to listen to it first, before buying it. I am sadly regretting spending $80 (including shipping) for the colored vinyl version. I wish I had downloaded it first, and saved my money. Sorry Bjork!
fidelbarquiel

fidelbarquiel

December 8, 2017
referencing Utopia, 2xLP, Album, tplp1381
My first record it's domed, not completely flat. but sounds great. Isn't usual with Optimal pressings...