On 'Vulnicura,' Bjork is heavy and at her most personal

January 22, 2015 4:37 PM

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In the opening measures of Bjork's new album, "Vulnicura," the Icelandic artist offers a direct statement of purpose, one involving personal upheaval she describes as "a juxtapositioning fate." Mentioning "moments of clarity as so rare, I better document this," Bjork directs her gaze in that first song, "Stonemilker," on the dissolution of a relationship.

As she does so, what can be described only as Bjorkian strings and beats swirl around her. These drifting arrangements soar through tracks like birds spinning circles in prairie skies, even as the experimental pop singer, 49, lyrically crawls through the brush below in utter confusion. At times deva...

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