- Volta

Björk - Volta
CRITIC SCORE
75
Based on 18 reviews
2007 Rank: #169 / 612
USER SCORE
73
Based on
116 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

To put it briefly, I’ll claim that Volta is Björk’s best album yet. It is the most perfect and the most immaculate, beyond any doubt in my mind.

83
A.V. Club

Volta is a weird mess of an album, but it's also Björk's most approachable and immediate since Homogenic.

80
NME
It’s an album defined by its identity crisis – dizzily slipping, as it does, from metal-electronica one moment to spooky chamber-pop the next.
80
Drowned in Sound
This is no sidestep, despite the recalling of past achievements; it takes one step back to fly a dozen forward, and leaves the listener bewildered at its incredible execution.
80
AllMusic

Volta could very easily sound scattered, but this isn't the case. Instead, it finds the perfect balance between the vibrancy of her poppier work in the '90s and her experiments in the 2000s.

80
musicOMH

Volta is a hotch-potch, a heady brew of strange and unsettling ingredients hop-scotched around by an artist who, a decade and a half since launching her solo career, still sounds like no-one else.

80
No Ripcord

There are no eargasms along the lines of "Hyperballad", "Bachelorette", or "5 Years", but the whole thing is agreeable.

80
Sputnikmusic

Volta is a strong album with memorable, remarkable tracks that have great variety, so much that the album loses cohesion.

80
DIY
From icy beatings to warm brass, this is glacial disco at its best.
70
Spin
She channels that avant-trad feeling into the brassy arrangements, suitable for both a medieval Viking fortress or contemporary concert hall.
70
PopMatters

By no measure is Volta a great album, but it is quite good. And, the deeper you delve, the more it has to offer.

70
Rolling Stone

Volta is arguably Bjork's loosest and most ruminative record, and though it touches on everything she's ever done, it's not as gripping or coherent as her best stuff.

70
Slant Magazine

Every song on Volta sounds like it was birthed in no fewer than 10 months, if not five years.

58
Pitchfork

Where even her most divisive albums have managed to push her artistic boundaries, Volta feels limp and strangely empty-- almost unfinished.

49
Coke Machine Glow

Volta is one of those pretty-bad records that may stick around, may sound better in a few years.

61
1) Earth Intruders: 5/10
2) Wanderlust: 8/10
3) The Dull Flame of Desire: 3/10
4) Innocence: 9/10
5) I See Who You Are: 8/10
6) Vertebrae By Vertebrae: 3/10
7) Pneumonia: 3/10
8) Hope: 5/10
9) Declare Independence: 9/10
10) My Juveline: 8/10

Overall: 61
Best Songs: Innocence, Declare Independence, Wanderlust, I See Who You Are, My Juveline

This album is such a mixed bag
thethirdverse
68
it's like alt-bjork. a weird album- energetic, erratic, peppy, multiple-personality- but it oddly bangs. it seems patriotic, in a way. also for 2 minutes there's just boat sounds
Viictor97
55
1) Earth intruders: 2/5
2) Wanderlust: 5/5
3) The dull flame of desire: 3,5/5
4) Innocence: 2/5
5) I see who you are: 3/5
6) Vertebrae by vertebrae: 4/5
7) Pneumonia: 3/5
8) Hope: 2,5/5
9) Declare independence: 3/5
10) My juveline: 3/5

Some songs are really good, wanderlust or vertebrae by vertebrae.... but another songs sucks

Sorry Bjork, this album is too weak for you. Maybe you could did better.

OVERALL: 55/100
NR
7 listens in, this is my general impression:
earth intruders:6,9/10
wanderlust:5,5/10
the dull flame of desire:4/10
innocence:7,9/10
i see who you are:5,3/10
vertebrae by vertebrae:5,7/10
pneumonia:5,2/10
hope:6,5/10
declare independence:7,6/10
my juvenile:5/10
Average:5,96/10=60/100. Above average.
I'll never know if i underestimated this record or not... Half of it though is a very difficult listen, so it's not completely my fault.From a point and on i just couldn't tell whether 4 tracks(i ... read more
Raincoat
66
An interesting shift in production lends much more immediacy to the tracks, though the songwriting here doesn't live up to her previous albums.

Highlights: "The Dull Flame of Desire", "Declare Independence"
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DETAILS

May 8, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
www.bjork.com / Website
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Track List
  1. Earth Intruders
  2. Wanderlust 
  3. The Dull Flame Of Desire 
  4. Innocence 
  5. I See Who You Are 
  6. Vertebrae By Vertebrae 
  7. Pneumonia 
  8. Hope 
  9. Declare Independence 
  10. My Juvenile


Added on: June 14, 2011