Music Review: Björk, Vulnicura
“I am fine-tuning my soul,” sings Björk, “to the universal wavelength.”
Her ninth solo album details her split from artist Matthew Barney so honestly that it reads like a diary. The first six songs are even chronicled that way: 5 Months Before, 2 Months After. Deeply personal, often dark and brooding and then surprisingly upbeat with an eccentric ode to ‘I will Survive,’ (not literally), the collection delivers much more for the listener on a musical and lyrical level than your typical breakup record does. Here is a glimpse of Björk at her most vulnerable, and what’s most surprising is how lovely she is when exposed. Her situation becomes relateable when she expresses her basic humanity. Vulnicura is smooth and whole, even as its singer lies shattered.
Vulnicura doesn’t have the reach-out-and-grab-your-attention or toe tapping quality of Björk’s more commercial works, but it possesses a dramatic weight that is intriguing. It requires an active listener, but the effort is well worth it. This could rightly be called one of Björk’s most successful albums.