Björk - Vulnicura
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2015 Ratings: #9 / 772
Year End Rank: #8
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Based on 964 ratings
2015 Ratings: #12
January 20, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The 405

Björk has never compromised her sound to anyone, and Vulnicura is a stark reminder of that.

100
Tiny Mix Tapes
This is music that gnaws at your bones. And make no mistake, this is every second Björk’s album. And it is nothing short of breathtaking.
95
The Line of Best Fit

Vulnicura is stark and powerful in a way that Björk has merely danced around for years. Here, in these songs, she has shed all of her skin

91
Consequence of Sound

Vulnicura is smooth and whole, even as its singer lies shattered.

91
Pretty Much Amazing
Her new album wipes from memory all the sterile, intellectual constructions that precede it.
90
musicOMH

Vulnicura feels, overall, as if it is one of Björk’s most successful albums, one where she mostly finds sonic strategies that are well matched with her concepts and themes.

90
AllMusic

Vulnicura honors her pain and the necessary path through and away from loss with some of her bravest, most challenging, and most engaging music.

90
Exclaim!

In turning to explore themes of human nature, Vulnicura delivers much more on a musical and lyrical level than your archetypal breakup record typically does.

90
Crack Magazine

Vulnicura is Björk’s most pronounced, explicit statement of intimacy yet.

90
God Is in the TV

Each successive listen, whether focusing on the nakedly personal lyrics or the beautiful if complex music reveals another facet.

90
Northern Transmissions

Vulnicura is the black mirror reflection of the sensual Vespertine, and like that record, it is one of Björk’s strongest to date.

90
FLOOD Magazine

The enormous visceral power of Vulnicura lies perhaps in its utter lack of pity play; rather, Björk transforms every emotion into a monumental sonic peak or valley.

86
Pitchfork

It’s simultaneously her most mature feat of arranging and almost psychosomatically affecting. 

86
Resident Advisor

This narrative thread seems to have focussed Björk's compositional powers, and Vulnicura has a momentum and coherence lacking in her recent efforts.

86
Paste

Vulnicura marks a bold return for such a storied singer.

85
Under The Radar
Here we get a glimpse of Björk at her most vulnerable, and what is most surprising is just how lovely she is when she indulges her basic humanity.
83
A.V. Club

The musical moments that capture Björk’s heartbreak are frequently stunning on Vulnicura, but the whole thing is a little shy on hooks and reasons to take the grueling journey with her often.

80
Time Out London

Her ninth record ... is the obligatory break-up album, one sung with extraordinarily renewed power. It hardly seems like a conscious uncoupling: the Icelandic diva bleeds utter devastation, drenched in strings and despair.

80
NME

It’s not an easy listen, but a brave, beautiful and affecting album – an attempt to find order in chaos that, as she wishes for it, offers a “crutch” to the heartbroken.

80
Rolling Stone

Arranged for voice with orchestral strings and electronic beats, Vulnicura is a unified set of nine dark, swarming, melodically distended songs.

80
PopMatters

Vulnicura is emotionally bare and, as a result, remarkably complex, demanding of an active listener, but it’s also one of Björk’s most poetic records in a long career.

80
Spin

Vulnicura doesn't have the reach-out-and-grab-your-attention quality of Björk's more technicolor works, but it possesses a dramatic weight in its own right.

80
Drowned in Sound

If Vulnicura never truly allows us in close, it’s still a beautifully tragic view from the edge of the ‘black hole’.

80
DIY
Does the world need another break-up album? ‘Vulnicura’ dodges cliché and creates its own ground.
80
Clash

‘Vespertine’ is a master-work by my reckoning, an emotionally resonant record that truly articulated the innermost desires of its maker in a way that felt less intrusive, more inclusive.

80
The Guardian

You could say there’s something gimlet-eyed about a woman who realises her relationship is collapsing and automatically thinks: still, great material. But it’s nothing if not honest. And besides, on the evidence of Vulnicura, she has a point.

80
NOW Magazine

These nine ballads are stripped to essentials - beats, strings, stirring vocals - full of beautiful and eerie contrasts that highlight Björk's loneliness, anger and fleeting moments of optimism.

80
The Needle Drop

Icelandic singer, songwriter, producer Björk is back with another record, and it's one filled with romantic heartbreak and whimsical instrumentation.

80
The Telegraph

After the wild beach party of 2007’s Volta and the shiny wonders of 2011’s Biophilia, Vulnicura is a windswept trek of a record. But one which gradually repays its difficulties with the raw exhilaration of survival.

76
Sputnikmusic

Vulnicura is gruesome because of its trying structure, abandoning accessibility for labyrinthine ideas that casually stumble off-course.

60
Slant Magazine

One listen to Vulnicura confirms what's been evident for a long time, but will still continue to come as a disappointment for many: Björk firmly belongs to the world of the avant-garde.

MothaOfMotha12
98
UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT;

This probably my favorite Björk period, down to the amazing lyrical content, like the way she writes/expresses her sadness and depressive thoughts is phenomenal.

The production handled by Arca sounds remarkable, the strings, the flutes, the drums, everything.

Black lake honestly might be my favorite Björk song of all time, it might be 10 minutes long, but the time passes very quickly.

The situation that inspired this LP might be horrible, but at least it ... read more
dariocapasso
100
Vulnicura may be the most personal, emotive and heartbreaking album which Björk has ever made. After the exploration of universe and nature with the previous project Biophilia, the icelandic deity focuses all of her forces around the feelings of her own heart, giving us an abstract journey through deep love, the desperate sorrow in losing it, and maybe, the hope of a new beginning.

Musical production is at its finest. The string arrangements are glorious and worthy of a movie soundtrack, ... read more
TreyLikesBands
93
Amazing

I couldn’t have been more wrong about this record. I did not understand it in my first couple of listens, as now it’s one of my favorite Björk albums. Much like “Homogenic”, this record focuses on an orchestral, chamber sound, which enriches each tune with fluttering string sections and drifting flutes. The subject matter is quite depressing, as this is also her most vulnerable, and personal record to date.

Old rating: 44, Mediocre

Old review: I don't ... read more
dumbmoonlight
40
Before everything, I'd like to add a reminder here, in order to make things clear: I make a review for EVERYTHING I rate, just so everyone can understand my points of view. I have personal preferences too, my main goal with music is appreciating it enough to listen to it on a daily basis. Not like I spend my entire day listening to different albums without ever repeating just to write new content here. Be aware of that. It is a pain for me getting into AOTY only after my latest musical vibe ... read more
musicmagpie55
100
"How will I sing us/Out of this sorrow?"

For me, this album is tied with Homogenic for the best Björk album. I think Homogenic represents the best of Bjork's artistic endeavors: it is obsessed with the sublime, the beats dig into your goddamn soul, and her amazing voice dances upon woozy electronic beats. The effect is hypnotic music that feels timeless and spiritual. It is the ultimate statement from Björk, the artist in absolute control.

Vulnicura's magic is in its ... read more
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