I’ll be the first to admit that, as a huge Björk fan since the late 1990s, I’ve often been at a loss with her music: I adore her experimental, deeply passionate approach to music, but my own appreciation of her music has become increasingly challenged. From “Medulla” to “Biophilia” to this, I’ve had a hard time wrapping my head around what, exactly, it is she’s doing nowadays, and while “Biophilia” had its moments, I found “Vulnicura” entirely frustrating and chaotic. It’s very hard to get a sense of any melodies or lyrics in any song, as the unpolished and uncontrolled production swirls, bubbles and rises, constantly threatening to overwhelm the power of Björk’s vocals, resulting in the first Björk album I can say I actively dislike. Perhaps in a few decades, “Vulnicura” will make more sense to me, but as it is, I just don’t get it.
Rating: ★★ (out of 5)
You can watch the video for “Black Lake” here: