• Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Jun 30, 2009
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. With great audio and visuals, this version of Voltaic should please all but the most completist Bjork fans.
  5. This CD/DVD set of tour extras might make you feel like your brain's doing sit-ups.
  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. 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.
  8. 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.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Jul 24, 2017
    9
    This live versions of her songs are reworked for brass instruments. So some of the songs, like "All is Full of Love", become very warm. AndThis live versions of her songs are reworked for brass instruments. So some of the songs, like "All is Full of Love", become very warm. And the tracklist is coherent, clear and generous. Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    8
    Turmoil! Carnage! Tracks like 'Earth Intruders' and 'Innocence' work much better as live numbers. The in the meantime classic combination ofTurmoil! 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. Full Review »
  3. Oct 28, 2013
    7
    Voltaic excludes some of the amazing performances from the visually dazzling Volta Tour like "Who Is It?", "Hyperballad" and "Pluto", butVoltaic 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. Full Review »