Volta

Björk - Volta
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2007 Ratings: #187 / 695
User Score
2007 Ratings: #230
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Evening Standard

It's true that Volta is not a return to Björk's past pop glories - it's much, much better than that.

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
DIY
From icy beatings to warm brass, this is glacial disco at its best.
80
Sputnikmusic

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

80
No Ripcord

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

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
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
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
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.
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
Spin
She channels that avant-trad feeling into the brassy arrangements, suitable for both a medieval Viking fortress or contemporary concert hall.
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.

40
NOW Magazine

While Volta features a couple of stripped-down lullabies that find her softly whispering over what sounds like a koto recorded underwater, they seem less like fully realized ideas than rough demo sketches.

LukasLima
80

O disco mais polêmico que gerou bastante controvérsias e divide opiniões da carreira da gênia Björk completa 15 anos hoje, e eu como fã decidi dar uma reouvida nesse disco, e sinceramente ele desceu bastante para mim, continuo achando um ótimo disco, mas não do mesmo jeito de antes.
Björk vinha de lançamentos espetaculares, sendo o incrível "Medulla" o mais recente até então, aí em ... read more

Maqtheus
70

Após uma sequência onde os discos eram o 'Homogenic', 'Vespertine' e 'Medulla', Björk em 'Volta' pouco consegue manter o mesmo nível, e de fato isso iria acontecer dentro de uma das melhores discografias de todos os tempos, e mesmo sendo claramente inferior, 'Volta' não é um álbum ruim. Muito pelo contrário, além de bom, nele Björk se reafirmou como uma artista envolvida 100% em sua obra.

E mesmo que tal envolvimento não ... read more

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

Reality
80

Não é ruim mas não é esplendido

bubbyballsack
NR

i would go to scol if this was the mask rot.

Fantasio
79

Volta proves once again Björk's mysterious versatility: Check "Wanderlust" with it's combination of brass and a groovy background percussion around Björks wonderful voice. In comparison to her previous album Medúlla, Volta says goodby choir, welcome brass. In addition I'd like to draw your attention to the mutual work with Antony Hegarty (aka ANOHNI) on "The Dull Flame of Desire", the two voices sound congenial, warm and gentle, side by side and underlaid ... read more

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Track List

1Earth Intruders
6:13
88
2Wanderlust
5:51
90
3The Dull Flame of Desire
7:30
79
4Innocence
4:06
81
5I See Who You Are
4:07
80
6Vertebrae By Vertebrae
5:03
79
7Pneumonia
5:14
77
8Hope
3:35
75
9Declare Independence
4:13
84
10My Juvenile
4:03
73
Total Length: 49 minutes

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Added on: June 14, 2011