Bjork – Vulnicura
Break up are a rich source of material for bands and artists, releasing a rich vein of emotions including revenge, envy, sadness and even happiness. And Bjork has channeled her break up with American artist Matthew Barney into her 9th album, at once a stark but universal heartbreak album that is one of her best in recent memory. O pener ‘ Stonemilker’ is a sumptuous, string- laden waltz with stunning vocals, while ‘ Lionsong’ is more of the same, but with Flying Lotus style beats underpinning it. And with Venezuelan producer Arca ( behind Kanye West’s Yeezus and FKA Twigs EP2), that’s not surprising. From there, the album gets weirder, and more challenging – ‘ Black Lake’ is a stuttered, bass- rolling 10 minute epic, while ‘ Family’ is a beatless, harmonized, topsy turvy affair that wouldn’t be out of place on a modern day Opera score.
But there’s light within the dark moments, and plenty of heartwarming melodies among the broken beats, making it a very modern – and uniquely Bjork – break up album.