Released 15 July 2016 via One Little Indian Records
Björk’s last album Biophilia was a project exploring the parallels between nature, sound and technology. It made a significant statement of how the Björk’s home country Iceland could be handled and run after the financial crisis.
Opposite to her last album, Vulnicura, her eighth full-length appears to be much more concentrating on the personal level. In other words, it is the breakup album. Vulnicura is set around the chronology of (her) relationship, spread between the period before the breakup, moments after and the slow recovery. Björk places each song up until the two-third mark in an exact point on the timeline, from nine months before to 11 months after.
The album opens with Stonemilker, which is set nine months before her breakup from American multimedia artist Matthew Barney, father of her second child. As Björk sings “I better document this”, one comes to realise that the whole album can be viewed as a document of her real life and is much more personal than her previous creations. To Björk, communicating with Matthew seems like “milking a stone” as she sings in Stonemilker.
In Black Lake, her lyrics express “I did it for love, I honored my feelings/You betrayed your own heart, corrupted that organ/ Family was always our sacred mutual mission which you abandoned/ You have nothing to give/ Your heart is hollow” where she is clearly accusing him of abandoning their family.
Björk has a way of expressing herself in music in such a different, weird, brave and sometimes eccentric way. Yet, all that she creates is wonderful and beautiful and enchanting. Vulnicura is no exception. In it, she has managed to release another of her masterpieces, which will no doubt be accepted with praise from critics and audience.
Label: Little Indian
Weird, brave and sometimes eccentric, Björk's creations are wonderful, beautiful and enchanting. Vulnicura is no exception.