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2016 Grammy Nominee! Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2015- Rated 42/50!
150g Vinyl! First Album Since 2011's Biophilia!
What the Icelandic art star Bjork has accomplished at the intersection of pop
and the avant-garde cannot be summed up in one detail, but one thing to focus on
is the way she sings the word "emotional." Climbing it like one of the cliffs
she often evokes in her pastoral lyrics, she lets it open up like a vista on its
central, circulatory "o." The word becomes a Valkyrie's cry, a statement of
purpose both sacred and humanly thrilling.
Recalling the way she deployed it in her landmark 1997 hit "Joga," Bjork wails
"emotional" in the very first chorus on Vulnicura, the "heartbreak album," which
offers a needed model for heart-baring (and bearing) in this cool, fiber-optic
"Black Lake," Vulnicura's centerpiece, unfolds like an aria — the designated
space within classical music where a woman can reveal how men have betrayed her,
both intimately and within society. Because this is Bjork, however, instead of
employing coloratura cries, she shares her tragedy in calm but mounting phrases
that reflect both folk balladry and torch songs. In spare couplets gradually
pushed forward by Arca's biological beats, she reveals first her own pain, then
the way her lover created it through betrayal, which Bjork defines as a
hollowing of the heart.
Vulnicura was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan
producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks,
six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with
Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The
Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album
was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and
Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell. Vulnicura is Björk’s first release
since the 2011 album and multimedia project Biophilia.
"Vulnicura honors her pain and the necessary path through and away from
loss with some of her bravest, most challenging, and most engaging music."
-Heather Phares, allmusic.com