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    Fri, 01 Jan 2016 01:41:41

    Best Albums 2015: Björk - 'Vulnicura' - Best of 2015 #BestOf2015

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    • Björk - Icelandic pop star and actress Bjork (L) arrives with French actress Catherine Deneuve (R) at the Palais des Festivals for the screening of Danish director Lars Von Trier movie 'Dancer in the Dark', 17 May 2000 in Cannes. The film is presented tonight in competition at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival.
    • Björk - Icelandic singer Bjork (C) performs at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde on July 8, 2012.
    • Björk - NEW YORK - JUNE 01:  Singer Bjork attends the closing of Marina Abramovic's 'The Artist is Present' hosted by Givenchy at The Museum of Modern Art on June 1, 2010 in New York City.

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    When it comes to an artist expressing themselves with no fear, few do it like Björk. For almost four decades, the Icelandic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has blurred the edges of art and music with her raw creativity and true-to-herself form. On Vulnicura, Björk's ninth album, she is honest and heart-wrenching. She pours herself into each moment, and opens up about her past relationship, creating one of the most candid breakup albums in recent memory.

    Vulnicura spans the length of the end of a relationship, the just before, during, and after. Björk is honest about every moment, utilizing elegant arrangements to pack even more emotion into each agonizing moment. "Our love was my womb but our bond has broken, My shield is gone, my protection is taken, I am one wound, my pulsating body, Suffering be," she sings on "Blake Lake." It's these types of raw displays that make the album so breathtaking. It reaches into your heart and squeezes, leaving you red-eyed and caught in memories of personal loss and defeat.

    While listening to Vulnicura I am reminded of Hemingway's words, "when two people love each other, there can be no happy end to it." In this case, however, we have been gifted Vulnicura, so maybe there is a happiness in that, even if it's not so apparent initially.

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