Björk has always been a big name in the music industry, solely for owning an eccentric personality that seeped into much of her discography. While the industry attempted to "get" Bjork, they created this mysterious aura which has enveloped her career. She is back with the first track from new album Biophilia to be leaked onto the internet, titled Crystalline, which is available to listen to here.
Björk’s vocals sound a lot more matured here than her It’s Oh So Quiet days, and her strong Icelandic accent shines through too. However the jagged tones of her accent enhance the mechanical feel that Crystalline has, and create a strong bond with the track’s foundation of cold crystal-like hits and brash electric drums too.
The tempo is kept the same throughout the song, which damages its robotic nature as the lack of instrumentation becomes stale after the same patterns are repeated over and over again.
However, the climax to the song is completely unexpected, which I guess from a Björk song should be expected; the electric drums suddenly go chaotic as the track switches into this aggressive, almost rave like anthem that is so mindblowing it succeeds in sticking in your mind as you wonder what the hell has just happened.
Crystalline is a good song that suffers from a weak beginning, but literally ends in an explosion of epic proportions, it is impossible to guess how the track would finish before hearing it, and I guess that is a testament to Björk, for having such a long career in music and still has the ability to shock her fans with her new material.