RoosterVision: Björk’s “Vulnicura” (One Little Independent Records, 2015)

An ongoing series of articles spotlighting movies, music, art, comics, and other assorted media.

…an ongoing series of articles spotlighting movies, music, art, comics, and other assorted media that we at Rooster Republic Press find ourselves enjoying. Once a week, on Thursdays, we will showcase new and old works and, hopefully, help spread the word on great stuff you might otherwise miss out on.

RoosterVision was previously the name of our non-fiction imprint, and since those titles and that line of books are no longer, we have decided to resurrect RoosterVision for the purpose of this showcase. Enjoy!

For our eighth entry in our “RoosterVision” series, we are offering up Björk’s “Vulnicura,” her (coincidentally) eighth studio album. As noted elsewhere, the album is something of a mirror to Björk’s 2001 release, “Vespertine.” Both albums deal with love and its effects. But, while the earlier album was the result of loves bloom, this latter album is a chronicle of that love’s decay.

If you aren’t paying attention to the lyrics, then you may not notice all the pain amongst what is, unsurprisingly if one is a fan, the incredibly lush production given to the music. String arrangements, breathy and beautiful vocals, and a heavy dose of the avant-garde. We daresay one would be foolish to expect anything less from Björk after all these years.

We should note that, yes, it is a “break-up” album, but it isn’t at all dour, as one might expect from the subject matter. On the contrary, this is a lively pop album. And, despite its thematic link to “Vespertine,” the music on “Vulnicura” is quite distinct, and may be her most accessible album since 1997’s “Homogenic.”

Beautiful artwork adorns both the gatefold cover and the acetate slipcase. Multiple parties worked on the physical release. As always, we encourage people to buy direct from artists whenever possible. You can find “Vulnicura” (and many other items) at Björk’s website, HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Next week, “RoosterVision” turns its eye towards the world of film. See you, then!

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