Björk - Volta
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2007 Ratings: #137 / 618
User Score
Based on 179 ratings
2007 Ratings: #70
May 8, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
www.bjork.com / Website
Your Review


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.

A.V. Club

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

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.
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.

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.


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.

No Ripcord

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


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

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

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

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.

Slant Magazine

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


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

Coke Machine Glow

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

Oct 17, 2017
Volta holds an odd place in my heart, I remember wearing it out upon release but I also am able to see the flaws here that have weakened its initial standing. Earth Intruders is a great opener and really sets the tone for the rest of the album as it balances between pop moments that recall her 90s work and more fine tuned instrumentation. Wanderlust is another standout single as is Declare Independence which sounds like a sister to Army of Me's Industrial stomp. But there is an unfinished ... read more
Jan 28, 2016
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
Jan 9, 2018*
Oh, boy.

Right. 'Volta'. It's time, isn't it?

This album reflects such an interesting time in Björk's career and yet, to this day, it's kind of overlooked by her audience when discussing her catalogue. ...Why, then?

'Volta' was supposed to represent Björk's big, bombastic comeback to her own roots in the more accessible side of Art Pop - being the little sister record of 'Post' and 'Debut'. Hitmaking producer Timbaland was said to be handling most of the production on the record, ... read more
Dec 21, 2017
Better stuff out there
Oct 14, 2017
The weakest album by Bjork, it is her worst compared to her other albums, but compared to other pop albums, Volta stands as the boss
Purchasing Volta from Amazon helps support Album of the Year.

Added on: June 14, 2011