- Audio CD (8 May 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Atlantic/Q Records
- ASIN: B000NVIXFA
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Bjork returns to her iconic, innovative and rhythmic roots with Volta. Featuring her own infamous beats and collaborations with Timbaland, Antony Hegarty, Brian Chippendale and an all-female Icelandic brass section, the end result is an explosion of beats and an amalgamtion of sound and visuals that give Volta a life of its own, like the world hasn't seen from Bjork in years.
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But the DVD - in 5.1 Dolby or DTS - is pretty stunning. It's Bjork using the studio as an instrument. It's Bjork at her experimental and (occasionally) tuneful best.
From 'musique concrete' - ships' fog horns calling to each other, sad, funny, lonely and evocative - to soulful duets with Antony from the Jonstons (I Am a Bird Now), it covers a huge range. Sounds of Japanese, West African influence, rock drums and a lot of horns that I've never heard on a Bjork album before - for some reason reminding me of Kevin Ayres (Whatever She Brings We Sing) or early-ish Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother perhaps.
Not just soft and fine, but angry too, abrasive sampling, syncopation, almost punk. One track, heavy with horns, reminds me of the soundtrack to Taxi Driver - jazz influence, big city sound. To be honest, some of the backing is so wonderful, I wish she'd maybe mixed her voice back a bit so's I could hear more of it. There's an idea - a Bjork instrumental album. Hummm.
I mean, it couldn't be anybody but Bjork - you can hear a progression from previous albums, but she's still moving on. And, if you've got your TV switched on while you're listening to it, you can look at some pretty (well, pretty weird - hope she managed to get all that paint off her face) pictures while you're immersed in it.
Onwards and occasionally Upwards Bjork!
But well, yeah, the packaging's a pain. Quite funny, though.
The highlight for me is Pneumonia, about a person who is so full of pain that they hide away from the world to avoid more hurt, 'get over that sorrow, girl, get over it'. The music and lyrics all come together here to tell a tale with beauty and emotion.
Other great tracks include: Dull Flame of Desire, Wanderlust and I See Who You Are.
The album version of 'Innocence' is unremarkable unlike it's EP incarnation, Simian Mobile Disco Twelve Inch Remix, which makes me want to dance and is a tonic of pure energy.
'Declare Independence' and 'My Juvenile' aren't very melodic and quite academic, conceptual stuff, I don't like them.
Earth Intruders was an odd choice for a single I think, it gets bogged down with poor lyrics where the poetry doesn't quite flow. Collaboration with Sjón Sigurdsson, who wrote lyrics for Oceania on Medúlla and Bachelorette from Homogenic are times when Björk leaps out from the Earth's gravity and into the heavens.
For me this album is Björk's weakest overall, with songs I either love or loathe, nothing inbetween.
I'm so pleased she's still putting out her music.
The opener of the record "Earth Intruders" literally marches into your head-- (We Are The Earth Intruders/We Are The Earth Intrudes/Muddy and Twigs and Branches)--With African-tribe beats, drums and nice tempo beats it is easy to say that Bjork is going back to the mainstream world back in '95 with her release "Post", but since when have Bjork been mainstream? Bjork new beats are clearly more "mainstream", if you can call them mainstream, but her songs have Bjork written all over them.
With the help of Timbaland Bjork pulls off two more up beat tracks (The First being "Earth Intruders")--Innocence and Hope--. "Innocence" it's probably the strongest and most mainstream song of the record--and also one of my favorites--, it still contains Bjork in it but in a less innocence way. "Wanderlust", "The Dull Flame of Desire" and "See Who You Are" are pretty similar ballads, each with their own up beat bass on the back. "Dull" is a duet with Antony Hegarty and "See Who You Are" has a great remix by Mark Stent. "Declare Independence" is probably the hardest song to swallow; it has that "Pluto" from Homogenic sound. "My Juvenile" its Bjork song to Sindri, -- (My Juvenile/I Truly Say/You Are My Biggest Love)--probably the deepest song, lyrically, on the whole record. The album shows intensity and persistence, and most importantly rhythm. The record contains interludes in between the songs, which bring the songs together as a whole connecting their different sound into just one steady rhythm.
I always wondered what Bjork + Timbaland would be like, and now I know. It is Bjork at its best, not saying that "Volta" it's better than "Vespertine" or "Homogenic" but the record stays true to Bjork, it definitely stays on her standards and it is a new chapter in Bjork's music.