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Bjork’s VOLTA

Man, and I thought VESPERTINE was worthless. All is forgiven, little glitchy bollocks record. If I’d known VOLTA was coming, I might not have snapped you in half and thrown you in the bin to ensure you didn’t somehow reproduce.

Actually, I would have. And I’m going to do the same with this. This is just gutless, half-blind grabby-handed cultural tourism from a woman who may not even realise she has nothing left to say. If there’s fascination in VOLTA, it’s in watching a corpse continue to twitch years after it pissed on its chips.

I so loved the Sugarcubes, and DEBUT, and HOMOGENIC, that I keep buying Bjork records unheard, on the benefit of the doubt. This is the last one. I’m all done.

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27 Comments

  1. It was Vespertine that did me in. Too much warbling around in search of a melody or the rhythm she so gleefully ignores…

  2. Andy Andy

    I hated Bjork before it was hip.

  3. Vespertine is actually the only Bjork record I like, including Volta.

  4. Erik Smith Erik Smith

    I thought Verspertine was fantastic, but Volta, Medulla, and the Drawing Restraint score have all been crap. Time to write off Bjork, I guess.

  5. Holy shit.

    Fuck, and you know, now I HAVE to give it a listen.

    I was really disappointed by Vespertine as well.

    B

  6. […] a second listen, I think I mostly agree with Warren Ellis. While Vespertine was shit, I really liked Medulla. But Volta, other than the fucking amazing […]

  7. Straylight Straylight

    Debut and Homogenic were amazing albums that still get regular rotation on my playlists. Vespertine has a few beautiful tracks but you can really see the breakdown between her self-perceived art and listenable music- and those tracks that are good sound much closer to her earlier offerings.

    Though, and I will likely be butchered for this; i’ve never been able to get into the Sugarcubes much.

  8. Just curious — what do you think of Medulla? I’m not a huge fan of Vespertine, but I am pretty fond of the album that followed it up …

  9. […] So Warren Ellis doesn’t think much of Björks latest outing: This is just gutless, half-blind grabby-handed cultural tourism from a woman who may not even realise she has nothing left to say. If there’s fascination in VOLTA, it’s in watching a corpse continue to twitch years after it pissed on its chips. # […]

  10. “This is just gutless, half-blind grabby-handed cultural tourism”

    That’s exactly what I was afraid of when I read the review in the NYT.

    Does Timbaland count as “cultural tourism”?

  11. Kinda how I felt about Metallica’s last three outings.

  12. Things like this are why the last three albums I’ve bought were UFO-cult religious music interspersed with the rantings of their founder. Sure, it’s low-to-no production values and nonmusicians across the board, but at least its honest about it.

  13. “…a woman who has nothing left to say…” As far as I’m concerned she never had anything to say.

  14. paul blume paul blume

    Thank-you — I have long thought the woman a spent force & have actually said as much aloud to scandalised patrons and colleagues, who subsquently branded me a philistine.
    Up with Philistines, say I!

  15. I disagree. Vespertine was amazing! I can understand not liking Medulla but Vespertine?! That album was like true to her heart, the emotional side of a girl.

    Also, when listening to her music, for me, it takes more then a few times of listening to get used to the sounds and story she’s trying to come across.

    So in my opinion, Vespertine was her last good album for me. :/ I Have not listened to the new one. But already it’s getting a bad review??

  16. Some days you’re spot on, Warren– Battles! brilliant recommendation, and thank you for that –other days, you’re praising Death in Vegas.

    While I agree inasmuch as the Timbaland tracks are dogshit, the simple combination of Tarkovsky and Antony Hegarty is superb.

    The politics don’t bear much scrutiny, but it’s not like she released OVO, either. To each their own. I’ll be keeping my copy.

  17. I dunno – Medulla had a couple of good tracks, but she cleared that shark by a good twenty or thirty yards with that a capella rendition of that ee cummings sonnet. And I like ee cummings!

  18. Tug Tug

    After all the hype, buzz, and non-shutting up about this album, I’m really glad that it completely sucks.

  19. Elf Elf

    Well, I just take comfort in the fact that most of the music Ellis links to from this blog sucks, so I’ll continue to enjoy Volta, thank you very much.

  20. Paul Paul

    Warren, what do you think of Steven Seagal’s most recent project “Flight of Fury” (2007) (V) ?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0783518/

    Furthermore, what do you think of Mr. Seagal’s recent career choices?

  21. “Vespertine” is not a fave of mine either, but the last time I listened to it was with headphones while a blizzard raged outside…somehow that made it better.

  22. sometimes i put nickels in the oven

    BANG!

    CRASH!

  23. […] Warren Ellis om Björks nye plade “This is just gutless, half-blind grabby-handed cultural tourism from a woman who may not even realise she has nothing left to say. If there’s fascination in VOLTA, it’s in watching a corpse continue to twitch years after it pissed on its chips.” (tags: björk warren-ellis) […]

  24. Vespertine is my favorite out of the bunch. Matmos made for the perfect collaborator. The Royal Opera House concert dvd is great as well.

    I bought Medulla unheard and was very disappointed, and won’t be buying Volta.

  25. Greg Greg

    As much as I like some of Bjork’s stuff, I think Winona Ryder’s impression of her on SNL had a lot on target.

    “Sometimes… I throw nickels in the oven… and it’s MUSIC!”

  26. Nicoline Sylvest Simonsen Nicoline Sylvest Simonsen

    Couldn’t agree more. We all know that Björk has her crazyness ( which used to express itself in fucking breathtaking, hearttelling music) – but now this crazyness appears feigned. – and that makes every second of volta seem fake and boring.

  27. […] a second listen, I think I mostly agree with Warren Ellis. While Vespertine was shit, I really liked Medulla. But Volta, other than the fucking amazing […]

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