Björk - Vulnicura
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2015 Ratings: #12 / 915
Year End Rank: #8
User Score
2015 Ratings: #11
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January 20, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
One Little Indian / Label
Art Pop / Genres / Website
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Vulnicura honors her pain and the necessary path through and away from loss with some of her bravest, most challenging, and most engaging music.

The 405

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

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.
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

Consequence of Sound

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

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

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.


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.

Crack Magazine

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

God Is in the TV

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

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.

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.


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

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.


Vulnicura marks a bold return for such a storied singer.

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.
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.

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.


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.

Rolling Stone

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


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.


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.

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’.

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

‘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.

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.

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.

The Needle Drop

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

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.


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

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.


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
Yup, this is my favorite Björk album, sonically, emotionally, and lyrically, it’s all very amazing. Not to mention we get some pretty raw vocals from björk along with some fantastic production from Arca, it’s just such a very heartbreaking album that felt like it came from some other-worldly alien planet. To me, this is her magnus opus next to Homogenic
Vulnicura's concept and subject matter hits the hardest out of every Bjork album. It's tragic, emotionally shattered, full of grief, heartbreaking and even dark at times, yet continues to be bold and engaging at the same time. Not a Bjork album I'd recommend before everything else, because Vulnicura features Bjork at a crushingly low point. However, it is beautifully mastered and masked into her music.
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
Noooooooo she’s so sad :(

Björk does not hold back on anything at all with this album. It’s the most personal and straightforward project she’s ever released, being a concept album about her breakup from a long-term boyfriend. This honestly feels like another era of Björk’s music as it seems like such a huge leap in a new direction for her. I absolutely love it though, seeing the evolution in her sound is just so fascinating. Keep surprising me!

Do the lyrics ... read more
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Track List

  1. Stone Milker
  2. Lion Song
  3. History Of Touches
  4. Black Lake
  5. Family
  6. NotGet
  7. Atom Dance (Feat. Antony Hegarty)
  8. Mouth Mantra
  9. Quicksand
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Added on: January 18, 2015