Reviews of Björk's retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art have been mixed at best — New York magazine called it "a discombulated mess" and the Guardian deemed it "weirdly unambitious" — but that doesn't diminish the deeply felt staying power of her actual music. Believe it or not, more than 20 years have passed between the Icelandic icon's Debut and the surprise release of last month's Vulnicura LP. And what do you know? Not much has changed in the interim; the 49-year-old singer is still taking more chances than many of the artists who are half her age. If anything, they're struggling to keep up. Or in the case of Vulnicura's two 20-something collaborators (Arca, who treats samples like Taffy, and the dark-ambient composer The Haxan Cloak), they're here to pay their dues, to thank the avant-pop auteur for such time-stopping tracks as "Human Behaviour," "Hyperballad," and "Army of Me." Vulnicura isn't as immediate as those breakthrough singles, but it does leave a mark — one that lingers long after you bash the stop button. That's because it chronicles the debilitating breakup of Björk and her longtime partner Matthew Barney. And while she emerges triumphant in the end, songs like "Black Lake" sting, opening new doors that reach well beyond anything you'll see or hear at MoMA.
Full track list:
Björk - "Black Lake" Trailer | Björk - Vulnicura (Full Album) | Björk - "Bachelorette" | Björk - "It's in our hands" | Björk - "Hidden Place" | Björk - "Hyperballad" | Björk - "It's Oh So Quiet" | Björk - "Isobel" | Björk - "Big Time Sensuality" | Björk - "Human Behaviour" | Björk - "Wanderlust (2D Version)" | Bjӧrk - Mutual Core - MOCAtv | Björk - "All Is Full Of Love"