Volta

Björk - Volta
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2007 Ratings: #147 / 626
User Score
Based on 272 ratings
2007 Ratings: #95
May 8, 2007 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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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.

musicmagpie55
73
The magic of Björk is her vocals feel necessary instead of indulgent. Her music requires powerful explosions of her voice because there is no other way to get the meaning across. Volta is the only album that teeters on becoming gimmicky, Björk shouting for the sake of being dramatic. Sometimes the results are still amazing, 'Innocence' is a wonderful track that I find super fun and 'Wanderlust' is a total blast. It is songs like, 'Declare Independence' that I can't help but cringe a ... read more
amw100
41
Björk needs a change of production after Medulla and she does that, but goes insane in the process
exception
81
a change in production for bjork, but for the better. volta shifted bjork from her traditional style to a sound that was more in the with modern times. she had her breathtaking vocals to back herself up, which helps a lot when youre the best singer of all time. at this point, its basically bjork doing what she does best, and thats why its a great album. there are a couple shortcomings, like the crazily messed up production on declare independence, but those can easily be overlooked by the ... read more
Plats
72
Dammit Björk! I know you’re impatient for Christmas but you didn’t have to be an ornament this early!

Anyway, “Volta” is a return to form for Björk. It has some unexpectedly poppy moments too (which explains the Timbaland feature). Unfortunately, it also has ideas that could’ve been executed a lot better, making it her weakest effort.

Fav Tracks: Earth Intruders, Wanderlust, Innocence, Declare Independence, I See Who You Are

Least Fav Track: The Dull ... read more
ryanreviews
67
Björk’s worst album and mainly because it just sounds so thrown together.
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#24/Treble
#30/Paste
#40/No Ripcord
#42/Gigwise

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
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