It’s scary when a favorite artist comes out with a new album, because you want that perfect balance ofÂ the familiarÂ andÂ the new.
And it’s in that regard that I thinkÂ Vulnicura knocks it out of the park â€“Â after the third track. Â It’s not that I don’t like “Stonemilker”, “Lionsong”, and “History of Touches”, butÂ IÂ doÂ feel like they’re a retread of BjÃ¶rk’s previous (though excellent) material. Â I know she can do better.
And damn, does she ever: once we get to “Black Lake”, this album hits its sweet spot and doesn’t stop. Â That particular trackÂ has theÂ epic scope ofÂ “The Dull Flame of Desire” but the soundscape of a muted “Vespertine” (with some new sizzle and flare thrown in.) Â I love the pacing and I dig the senza vib. in a big way.
“Atom Dance” is my favorite track on the album, but let’s all take a moment to acknowledge the utter badassery of that cello break on “Family”:
It’s hard for me to imagine anyone coming up with a better 30 seconds of music than that in 2015.