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  • Summary: Originally scheduled for a March release, the ninth studio release for the Icelandic singer-songwriter was released early on iTunes after an illegal leak of the songs was available.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Jan 28, 2015
    100
    The result is Björk’s most frighteningly intimate album to date.
  2. Jan 22, 2015
    90
    Vulnicura feels, overall, as if it is one of Björk’s most successful albums, one where she mostly finds sonic strategies that are well matched with her concepts and themes.
  3. Magnet
    Mar 12, 2015
    90
    There's a candor here that hasn't always touched the Icelandic singer/composer's electro-dreamscape output. [No. 118, p.52]
  4. 80
    It’s not an easy listen, but a brave, beautiful and affecting album--an attempt to find order in chaos that, as she wishes for it, offers a “crutch” to the heartbroken.
  5. The Wire
    Mar 11, 2015
    80
    A self-consciously serious, elaborate, capital R Romantic dramatic statement that pulls no punches, more Greek tragedy than break-up album. [Mar 2015, p.55]
  6. Jan 26, 2015
    80
    Heavy, but engrossing.
  7. Jan 20, 2015
    60
    When the singer finally begins to emote dynamically in the album's second half, that's also when Vulnicura's musical foundation comes apart.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. Jan 20, 2015
    10
    And finally Björk is with us again! I'm feeling blessed, just it.

    Here is she with "Vulnicura", a cure of a wound that she had with
    And finally Björk is with us again! I'm feeling blessed, just it.

    Here is she with "Vulnicura", a cure of a wound that she had with Matthew... It was sad, but she took it and did songs so amazing and powerful. Her voice could not sound more deep, beautiful and unique while she expresses her pain and disgusts about a love that now is lost.

    Arca and The Haxan Cloak gave to her some exceptional beats on the production, something dark, emotional and classic. It can sound new and old at the same time... It can sound like "Vespertine", so heavenly and pretty.

    Been awhile I haven't seen Björk doing something so personal like this album... I'm in love.

    Favorite tracks: "Stonemilker" and "Black Lake".
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  2. Feb 4, 2015
    10
    Get big sound capable cans/speakers for this. Plug in, turn on, drop out. Bjork is like fine wine,...gets better with age and just a littleGet big sound capable cans/speakers for this. Plug in, turn on, drop out. Bjork is like fine wine,...gets better with age and just a little bit fruitier.

    Initially I was not blown away by this but after listening in the jeep with the 18 speakers and my might sub woofer WOW WOW WOW this album came to life! Test the speakers in your local music store if you've ever wondered why you should pay premium prices for premium sound.

    BJORK IS DA VINCI OF THE MUSIC WORLD, THIS LADY PAINTS WITH SOUND!!!
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  3. Mar 29, 2016
    10
    This album is a proof of björk's talent. The beats, the strings and her goddess voice show her brutal pain with a beautiful and fantasticThis album is a proof of björk's talent. The beats, the strings and her goddess voice show her brutal pain with a beautiful and fantastic ethereal atmosphere. If you cant appreciate this art masterpiece, well... F*ck u. Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    Essa é a primeira era que o peguei dela. Vulnicura é maravilhoso do inicio ao fim. Ela soube criar um dos seus melhores albums. É único,Essa é a primeira era que o peguei dela. Vulnicura é maravilhoso do inicio ao fim. Ela soube criar um dos seus melhores albums. É único, inspirador e magnifico. Expand
  5. Jun 5, 2015
    9
    Vulnicura seems to be the perfect match between Homogenic and Vespertine but still manages to sound pretty unique, and (of course, as anyVulnicura seems to be the perfect match between Homogenic and Vespertine but still manages to sound pretty unique, and (of course, as any other Björk album) pretty challenging and impressive. Pain has never felt that delicious.

    9.3/10
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  6. Jan 26, 2015
    9
    Not all songs here are immediately catchy on first listen. Most are slow burners and you only really "get" the melodies after a few listens.Not all songs here are immediately catchy on first listen. Most are slow burners and you only really "get" the melodies after a few listens. Still, I could personally do without the last 2 songs as the rest of the material is just ace.

    On another note, it's a shame that a half arsed review like the one from "The Independent UK" is allowed to bring down the overall score. That review is barely a decent sized paragraph.
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  7. Dec 3, 2017
    4
    Meh. Not sure what to expect from Bjork anymore. Probably at the end of the day only she can enjoy her little sonic experiment. Visuals savedMeh. Not sure what to expect from Bjork anymore. Probably at the end of the day only she can enjoy her little sonic experiment. Visuals saved the whole story, songwriting no that much. Confused record, but better than horrid Biophilia. Expand

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