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The 80 Best Albums of 2015

Travel back five years ago when the release calendar was rife with stellar albums. 2015 offered such an embarrassment of musical riches, that we selected 80 albums as best of the year.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 5 (20 - 1)

The fifth and final part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, includes Portishead, Blur, Björk, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and more.

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Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami

If you’re not dancing or clapping while listening to Omar Souleyman, you’re doing something wrong.

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Why Aren't More Artists Working in the Medium of the Mobile App?

Recently, I began looking for developers who design and publish apps with the specific intention of making them artistic. As it turns out, there's not much out there.

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Governors Ball Day 2: The Distractions of Björk, Future Islands, Ryan Adams + More (Photos)

The end of Day 2 was a choice between Ryan Adams and Deadmau5, but before them Future Islands, Björk and many more provided welcome distractions.

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Björk: New York - 25 March 2015 (Photos)

Björk's New York City residency, about seven shows over two months plus a retrospective at MoMA, is a dream come true for fans and, fortunately at least, her live show delivers.

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Björk: Biophilia Live

As Björk’s live shows become increasingly sprawling in their design and execution, less attention seems to be paid on the arrangements and the dynamics of her songs – or rather, their potential to be reworked into something entirely new onstage.

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Björk: Vulnicura (Take 1)

Björk's devastating ninth album Vulnicura, brutally chronicles the dissolution of her relationship with longtime partner, avant-garde NY filmmaker and sculptor Matthew Barney.

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Björk: Vulnicura (Take 2)

By escaping from her grandiose visions to dwell in her own head, Björk has made a stark and overwhelming record that proves she still has an abundance of ideas to explore, even at a detriment to herself.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 40-21

From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.

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Counterbalance No. 147: Björk's 'Debut'

I could nick a boat and sneak off to this island. I could bring my little ghetto blaster and we could listen to the 147th most acclaimed album of all time. A milestone in Icelandic pop music is this week's Counterbalance.

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Current Value: Stay on This Planet

Berlin based drum and bass artist Tim Eliot (aka Current Value) returns with his seventh solo studio album Stay on This Planet for home city label “Subsistenz” – his second album for the label that is owned and ran by his ‘Machine Code’ production partner Dean Rodell.

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Björk: bastards

Can an album that is just a sample of a larger series of previously released Biophilia have much to add? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.

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Valgeir Sigurðsson: Architecture of Loss

Stunning album by the multifaceted Icelandic producer, label founder and musician that transports us to the glacial wilderness of his home country.

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The Best Women in Rock of 2011

In 2011, Tori Amos, Björk, and PJ Harvey turned the clock back to their mid-'90s heyday.

Erin Lyndal Martin
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The Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

The selections on this list aren't necessarily bad albums -- some actually happen to be among the most critically acclaimed of this year. In some cases, it's just that the albums weren't what fans were expecting, and in others, they were exactly what they were expecting.

Enio Chiola
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Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

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Dirty Projectors and Björk: Mount Wittenberg Orca

It's been out digitally for over a year now with proceeds having gone to charity. So now that the money isn't even for a good cause, why buy an underwhelming seven-track EP?

Matt Edsall
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Björk: Biophilia

Maybe one day app albums will be commonplace or maybe they won't, but, for now, it's enough to know that if it's possible to merge human imagination and artificial intelligence, Björk's working on it.

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Asphalt Orchestra: Asphalt Orchestra

Asphalt Orchestra is a giddy band camp fantasy brought to life: What if the section leaders formed a marching band that was actually cool?

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Five Hot Chicks and the MPAA, Why Can't This Be Europe? Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'

PopMatters was in Beverly Hills for the Sucker Punch press junket, and sat down with among others, Director Zack Snyder, Producer Deborah Snyder, and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung.

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Strictly Global: A Source for Music Videos on Broadcast TV

The kind of show you wished MTV would make.

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Where Are the Ladies at on the Best of the Decade Charts?

For a decade that prided itself for breaking down musical barriers, there is a noticeable lack of female presence on this decade's most highly-regarded albums.

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Like Tiny Bacteria Running Around: An Interview with the Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth discusses Bitte Orca, his recent collaborations with Björk and David Byrne and the art of discharging firearms in Canadian shopping malls.

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Björk: The Dull Flame of Desire

Unfortunately, the majority of this single release is completely disposable.

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Nico Muhly: Speaks Volumes

It's two degrees of separation; it's meta-evocation.

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Björk

Since the singer tours infrequently and only stops in a handful of big venues (the American leg of the Volta tour included only five cities), catching Björk requires a hefty amount of legwork. But, is it really worth it?

Matt Mazur
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Björk: Volta

Martial beats, brass orchestrations, and eclectic collaborations are the key elements of Björk's sixth album of outré electronic pop.

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Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

Sometimes, the film seems a lengthy Bjork music video -- confusing, beautiful, and somewhat ridiculous.

Matt Mazur
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Björk: Army of Me

Although she's known for making a big splash, Björk earns her stripes one at a time in the world of philanthropy.

Dan Nishimoto
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Björk: Medulla

With all of Medulla's faults (and it has its faults), there are enough moments of jaw-dropping inventiveness that a single review is limited in how effective its critique can be.

Michael Beaumont

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