For much of the last decade, it has felt as though Icelandic warrior-sprite Bjork has placed greater value on innovation and experimentalism than on creating compelling, enjoyable music. It's a trend that began with 2004's Medulla, with its a cappella construction and single-minded focus; it continued with 2007's Volta and 2011's Biophilia, albums that positioned themselves at the vanguard with omnivorous energy and cutting-edge rollouts.

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