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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 age.
"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 albums 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 Björks 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
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1. Stone Milker
3. History of Touches
4. Black Lake
7. Atom Dance
8. Mouth Mantra