Bjork – Vul­ni­cura

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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.

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