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Volta [Vinyl] [Limited Edition, Import]

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  • Vinyl (September 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: One Little Indian Im
  • ASIN: B001AQWF6K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"UK only, Strictly Limited Edition Half Speed Direct Metal Mastered LP pressed on 200gram VIRGIN VINYL from the original master tapes, resulting in a better detail resolution and lower noise ratio, presented in an individually numbered picture sleeve housed in a PVC dust jacket. One Little Indian."

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and Pristine June 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was taken aback when I listened to Volta the first time. This wasn't because I thought it was a new, fresh and stunning representation of Bjork's genius, but because I feared it represented a transition in which this album was produced simply for the sake of sales and lacked any philosophical or artistic inspirations.

The second time around, I compared the sound less to previous works. I always have to remind myself that each new album is a new experiment and expression. To compare one to the other - expecting continuity - will only disappoint. Volta is a new child with its own personality.

Bjork has always pushed the limits of creative expression, and I feel Medulla was definitely evidence of this. Volta feels like an attempt to integrate her new territory with what some might call her classic sound.

Some critics have said Volta is directionless or just a hodgepodge of songs that form no narrative. Clearly they don't understand why Bjork chose Volta as the name for this album. It is full of sudden unexpected course changes, and I suspect she struggled with how to tie it all up in the end. The lyrics are more coherent than I'm accustomed to. I think Bjork had a lot to say here. The same critics who called Volta a hodgepodge also said "Declare Independence" is lyrically immature. They missed the point not only of that song, but also of "I See Who You Are," which is to enjoy every bit of life while we have time. Bjork's mystical understanding of the human purpose and condition is revealed once again in "Declare Independence" when she states the protection of language is as important as currency. David Abram's book "Spell of the Sensuous" goes into detail about the origins of language and how closely tied language is to the land of its birth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Bjork - but Volta is pretty weird self-indulgent stuff. There are moments of shocking brilliance and a few very good songs. That just makes the long meandering patches and weird duets harder to take. I keep listening and hoping that with familiarity this album will "take" (sometimes an album I can't stand at first ends up being a favorite over the long haul - like "After the Goldrush" by Neil Young). So far (6 months later) I still find this album strong meat and tend to skip a lot of tracks. I still love Bjork - but I can't seem to find my love for this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to belabor this review by analyzing every song. Suffice it to say that I am in awe of Bjork's ability to make the music that she wants to make without worry over whether it will be commercially successful. The fact that she is constantly exploring new musical terrain stands as testament to the fact that she is a musical artist and not one of the gaggle of "singers" who rely on hype to sell their wares. Do I think that this is a truly great CD? Yes... I do. I will add that it is best listened to as a whole and not as sampled tracks. What on the surface seems not at all cohesive is decidely so when taken in as recorded and sequenced.

Is this as good as "Homogenic"? "Post"? "Medulla"? "Debut"? "Vespertine"? Funny, but I never questioned whether "A Starry Night" was as good as "Sunflowers".
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre for Bjork September 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Just to give a brief summary as to where I stand as a Björk fan before I dive in...I think her first two albums (Debut/Post) are both great records. Yet, she was a little more naive at the time and didn't have as much control creatively. But she was learning. With her next two releases, Homogenic and Vespertine, she began to break away from the poppy sounds of the first two and began to write (she began having more control over the writing), darker, bleaker records. So not only did she begin to define her sound and really become the unique artist she is, but they where also simply brilliant, amazing records. With Medulla she came up with an interesting concept, yet it was simply too hard to listen to in the context of a record. For me atleast.

My point is, Björk has been getting better and better, up until Medulla where things simply got TOO weird. It hurt the record and I think she crossed the line in that aspect. In her newest release, Volta, she returned to square one and tried to create something more in the flavor of a modern day Post. Well, this made perfect sense. Now I know she won't make another Vespertine, but with the creative control she's had to define her sound over the past 10 years then we should get a great return to form...right? Not so.

Three problems with Volta. 1.) Vocals are not very well written. None of the lyrics are catchy and just don't carry the emotional impact Björk put into them in the past. She just kind of rambles, which is unusual for her. 2.) The albums does not have it's own unique SOUND, as her past records have each had. The asian strings/brass/horns almost make that happen, but just don't dominate enough of the record. 3.) Her vocals are mixed WAY too high. Whoever mixed the album needs to be shot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite July 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I REALLY wanted to love this album. I absolutely adore "Vespertine," and thought it was her most comprehensive album, flowing from one song to the next...a complete work. When "Medulla" totally disappointed, I still had high hopes for the next album - surely Bjork wouldn't release TWO clunkers in a row! In a nutshell, I had to try very hard to like "Volta"...and my efforts paid off - sort of. The first five tracks grew on me. In fact, the first five songs rock, but the rest of the album falters...too out there, not enough melody, and the song about the suicide bomber had lyrics that were WAY too obvious and strange to hear coming out of Bjork's beautiful mouth. All in all, I listen to the first five tracks and then rewind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars She never disappoints.
Not her best work, but Wanderlust, Earth Intruders, Vertebrae by Vertebrae and Declare Independence make this album what it is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wolfgang Escalante
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bjork, Volta is incredible.
Im new to Bjork but already listened to Post, Homogenic, Debut, etc. I love Wanderlust and Declare Independece, so bought Volta. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jesus
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Bother? You May Damage Your Brain.
I love Björk, enough to switch my keyboard to the Deutsches setting to put the umlaut in Björk. I listen to something from Biophilia, Vespertine, and Medulla everyday. Read more
Published 10 months ago by James W Polichak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Good album but not her best production,also slightly damaged...just filling in space now so take no notice of this bit
Published 10 months ago by desert flower
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Bjork!
What can I say? She's the most incredible artists ever. Love, love, love Bjork! Amazing album. I can't wait to see her live, someday
Published 11 months ago by Richard Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let's Celebrate Now..."
Love her or hate her, you have to give Bjork credit as an artist. From her early punk days in The Sugarcubes to her diverse and experimental solo career, she refuses to sit still... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bjork!
How can any Bjork fan not own this classic album? Earth Intruders is one of my favorite songs from Bjork - the order shipped fast, I had no problems with my order, and am very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elvis Sheehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Im a bjork fan since 1995
and this is one of my favorites, all of it, the songs and the packaging. check it out now thanks
Published 16 months ago by JVMV
5.0 out of 5 stars Björk has demonstrated with every release that she is a musical...
Some will find this record a bit hard to listen to, and it might require several attempts until you start appreciating it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Félix Marqués
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, not very many good songs.
I really do like the feel of the album captured here - best displayed on standout tracks 'Earth Intruders' and 'Wanderlust' - and think it was a wonderful little concept of Bjork's... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ethan B.
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