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BJORK - "Volta"   Print  E-mail 
Written by Mark Reed  
Tuesday, 22 May 2007

A classic return to form and easily the most Bjorkish record she's made in over a decade

And she's back. After her recent and forgettable forays into increasing irrelavance with "Medulla" and "Drawing Restraint No.9", Bjork seems to have remembered that people can have the option not to buy her latest record, and that an artist in a vaccum often appeals to only one person : themselves.


"Volta" is a classic return to form. In style and feel, it's easily the most Bjorkish record she's made in over a decade : curious vocals and quirky lyrics sit on top of evocative string stabs and driving rhythms. Whilst it lacks the immediacy of her early Pop hits, "Volta" restores the 'classic' Bjork sound of yesteryear, whilst also driving forward new and uncharted territory. After so long listening to Bjork fart tunelessly, it's wonderful to hear her unique talents riding over a sea of curious sounds like an explorer, exploring fresh and sparkling avenues (demonstrated best on "Wanderlust" and "Earth Intruders").


The introduction of Antony And The Johnsons on two tracks- the epic "Dull Flame Of Desire" and album closer "My Juvenile" - serve as a brilliant vocal counterpoint to the Bjorkosphere. His quiet, ancient vocal excellently underpins Bjork's own sound with an otherworldly quality.


In some respects it's easier to review this record by saying what it isn't. It isn't self indulgent tuneless rubbish. Nor is it alien, unorthodox, and lacking in any connection with the listener. The past two records were Bjork alone, veering into the nothingness of deep space, utterly removed from, and thus alienating, the listener. No longer is her work an exercise in isolation and somewhat irrelevant, but new, fresh, interesting and exciting as she begins her journey back to some semblance of reality. Bjork sounds as if she lives in this world again, instead of her own universe of academic interest. Only on one song, the grating "Declare Independence", does Bjork appear even slightly out of touch with her muse and her constituency.


"Volta" is a fabulous, vital, return to form. We don't often give people kudos here when they venture into irrelevancy, and rarely do they come back to the fold after going crap, but it's gratifying to report that the faith has been rewarded by a work of great vision and originality matched with artistic vibrancy and  convincing uniqueness. Recommended.


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