Best Albums 2015: Björk - 'Vulnicura'
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 01:41:41
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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Listen to Björk discuss the song "Stonmilker" via the Song Exploder podcast:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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