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  • Summary: The live CD features live recordings after the release of 2007's "Volta."
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. As Bjork no doubt hoped it would, the result--long on material from that year's Volta but also featuring such oldies as 'Army of Me' and 'Pagan Poetry'--captures both energy and detail.
  2. The recordings on the CD are crisp and clear, and do a lot to highlight both Bjork’s expansive singing and the borderline-insane arrangements around it.
  3. This CD/DVD set of tour extras might make you feel like your brain's doing sit-ups.
  4. Those looking for a live greatest hits-style album will be a bit disappointed by the CD portion of Voltaic, which misses as many of Björk’s big songs as it hits. The DVD, however, manages to get to almost all of them.
  5. The package itself is labyrinthine in how it houses so many layers of content, but it's too bad that much of the material isn't quite essential, making this a release for die-hards only.
  6. So let’s file Voltaic, released by Nonesuch a couple of weeks ago, under the category of Things We Didn’t Think We Needed.
  7. This second-hand facelessness runs throughout Volta, which still reads oddly rote and cold with this addendum. Even with its hulking abundance, Voltaïc is flesh without bone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Jul 31, 2009
    A really great offering it mixes Bjork's classics with her new material.
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    Turmoil! Carnage! Tracks like 'Earth Intruders' and 'Innocence' work much better as live numbers. The in the meantime classic combination of Hyperballad/Freak Pluto Declare Independence is as powerhouse on the DVD as it is in real life. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2013
    Voltaic excludes some of the amazing performances from the visually dazzling Volta Tour like "Who Is It?", "Hyperballad" and "Pluto", but otherwise offers a harmonic but somewhat lifeless delivery of songs. Expand