Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 40 Critic Reviews

Critic 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 27, 2015
    100
    Great art takes pain and turns it into something that can help us heal. Vulnicura does exactly that.
  3. 95
    Vulnicura is humanity at its most volatilely sublime.
  4. 91
    Vulnicura is a harsh and demanding album, one to sink into with a good set of headphones. But it’s also Björk’s most--if not first-- personal record.
  5. Jan 23, 2015
    91
    Vulnicura is smooth and whole, even as its singer lies shattered.
  6. 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]
  7. Uncut
    Mar 5, 2015
    90
    Far greater than the sum of it's parts, Vulnicura can be a challenge but, once immersed, it's hard to tear yourself away. [Apr 2015, p.85]
  8. 90
    Björk’s most fully realised, accessible record in years.
  9. Jan 27, 2015
    90
    Vulnicura is a well-crafted antithesis musically and thematically, resulting in the most compelling effort she has put forth in years.
  10. Jan 27, 2015
    90
    Vulnicura honors her pain and the necessary path through and away from loss with some of her bravest, most challenging, and most engaging music.
  11. 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.
  12. Jan 22, 2015
    88
    Vulnicura is a serious, heavy journey through a rough ordeal, a work certainly too deep to fully absorb so quickly after its release. Like many of her recent records, it's not toe-tapping beat-based music. But fans like myself will find much to love as we explore its many peaks and valleys.
  13. Jan 22, 2015
    88
    As the songwriter and coproducer (primarily working with Venezuelan-U.K. DJ Arca, who has teamed with FKA Twigs and Kanye West), Bjork is in peak form, creating a thematic and sonically linked work that flows seamlessly from track to track.
  14. Feb 3, 2015
    86
    Vulnicura marks a bold return for such a storied singer.
  15. Jan 29, 2015
    86
    Some tracks, like "Mouth Mantra," simply feel overcrowded. The Haxan Cloak, who mixed the album, struggles to find clarity in busier moments. But the story, visceral and tragic, transcends these imperfections in the telling.
  16. Jan 23, 2015
    86
    It’s simultaneously her most mature feat of arranging and almost psychosomatically affecting.
  17. Jan 28, 2015
    85
    Vulnicura manages the most fundamental motivation of art; it turns the trauma and humiliation of personal struggle into something beautiful. But as much as it is laden with the narrative of her personal journey, it is musically a return to form.
  18. Jan 22, 2015
    83
    The musical moments that capture Björk’s heartbreak are frequently stunning on Vulnicura, but the whole thing is a little shy on hooks and reasons to take the grueling journey with her often. And that’s what keeps it from being her Yeezus: The heartbreak makes it powerful, but also difficult to enjoy.
  19. Apr 3, 2015
    80
    One of the most remarkable albums of an inimitable career.
  20. Mojo
    Mar 19, 2015
    80
    Despite their meticulous craft, these songs don't feel like curated artefacts--they feel raw, unquiet, still moving. Vulnicura might tell an old story, but it still feels new. [Apr 2015, p.87]
  21. 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]
  22. Q Magazine
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    A strange, intoxicating and utterly brave record. [Apr 2015, p.86]
  23. Feb 4, 2015
    80
    Dense to the extreme, a thick fog of emotions that concedes nothing, this is as uncompromising and potentially definitive as a break-up album could ever be.
  24. Jan 29, 2015
    80
    These nine ballads are stripped to essentials--beats, strings, stirring vocals --full of beautiful and eerie contrasts that highlight Björk's loneliness, anger and fleeting moments of optimism.
  25. Jan 27, 2015
    80
    If Björk’s last two albums were impersonal voyages of artistic license and collaboration, Vulnicura is deeply personal and so much more rewarding for it.
  26. Jan 26, 2015
    80
    Heavy, but engrossing.
  27. Jan 26, 2015
    80
    Vulnicura is emotionally bare and, as a result, remarkably complex, demanding of an active listener, but it’s also one of Björk’s most poetic records in a long career. It also rewards those who join her on her emotional journey.
  28. Jan 26, 2015
    80
    Break-up albums aren’t particularly groundbreaking or unprecedented these days, but somehow she has crafted one that seems uniquely sincere.
  29. Jan 26, 2015
    80
    After a decade of diving deep into the abstract, Björk's now more grounded and human than ever, thanks to the two most unfathomable ideas of them all: love and heartache.
  30. Jan 23, 2015
    80
    Whatever informed it, this may be the most heart-rending music she's ever made.
  31. 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.
  32. Jan 22, 2015
    80
    The really great thing about this heavy, intense album, as punishing as it is beautiful in its resolve, is that it shakes to the core the philosophies that Björk laid out so methodically on Biophilia, but she still finds a dark difficult way back to hope and love.
  33. Jan 22, 2015
    80
    Like all Björk albums before it, Vulnicura is the work of many but the vessel, really, for the voice--and everything that means--of just one persistently empowering talent.
  34. Jan 22, 2015
    80
    You could say there’s something gimlet-eyed about a woman who realises her relationship is collapsing and automatically thinks: still, great material. But it’s nothing if not honest. And besides, on the evidence of Vulnicura, she has a point.
  35. Jan 21, 2015
    80
    Even amid the most abstruse music, these songs have an emotional immediacy. The physicality of Björk’s voice and the strings are even more striking against the impersonal electronic sounds, all the better to reveal the interior landscape of heartbreak and healing--not a simple story, and all the better for it.
  36. Jan 21, 2015
    80
    After the wild beach party of 2007’s Volta and the shiny wonders of 2011’s Biophilia, Vulnicura is a windswept trek of a record. But one which gradually repays its difficulties with the raw exhilaration of survival.
  37. Jan 26, 2015
    78
    By coming back down to terra firma to detail her disconnection with love, Björk reconnects with the people of Earth.
  38. Mar 6, 2015
    76
    Bjork's ninth studio album is the first to deal with such dismal and personal details, and is her most revealing as a result--through lyricism as well as through songwriting.
  39. 60
    Bjork’s Vulnicura represents a return of sorts to standard song form after the experimental Biophilia, its nine long tracks evoking the emotional confusion following a break-up.... But throughout, Bjork’s own vocals are the stumbling-block.
  40. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 605 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 605
  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. Jan 22, 2015
    10
    Vulnicura = cure for wounds

    The sound and the lyrics are uno.. There's a dark feeling running through all that singing and sound...
    Vulnicura = cure for wounds

    The sound and the lyrics are uno.. There's a dark feeling running through all that singing and sound... something like **** it, I'm crying, let me cry, it will heal after".. It's a confession...and it's the most sad one that Bjork brought. This album is the opposite of Vespertine... Vespertine: beggining of Love - Vulnicura: the end of love.
    Bjork shared with us her intimacy... and I want to thank her for let me in...
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  3. Jan 22, 2015
    10
    Having followed Bjork's career since her seminal "Debut" album in 1993, it's been a fantastic journey to travel along with her as her soundHaving followed Bjork's career since her seminal "Debut" album in 1993, it's been a fantastic journey to travel along with her as her sound has expanded and changed throughout her albums. She remains a fantastic storyteller and sonic creator, unparalleled in her perseverance to maintain her vision, which again is layered differently in this album. Interestingly this is a step forward from the universal sounds from Biophilia, towards a more inwards sound and attitude that is reminiscent of Vespertine, but with the musical lessons and layers that came from the albums released since that fantastic album. It's a rewarding album upon continuous listens, one that always has some detail to reveal. Fantastic! Full Review »