ALBUM REVIEW : VOLTA
ARTIST : BJORK
GENRE : POP / ELECTRONICA
DATE OF RELEASED : 2007
You can trust this Icelandic singer to give listeners different kind of music. The kind of music where the artist is trying to educate music fans that there is more to pop and other musical genres. And that radio and MTV is not the only source of information with regard to good music. As finding one is like experimentation and discovery and realizing that one song is good. This is what Bjork does best; experimenting with sounds and styles.
It is not about her being selfish and trying to influence people about her music. It is all about expression and sharing talents. In this album, listeners will be treated with a new kind of experimentation when it comes to musical treatment. In “The Dull of Flame of Desire,” she composed a powerful ballad but the music background is like a soundtrack to an alien invasion movie. In “Innocence,” she was not only teasing listeners with sexuality but actually she teased them with a dance beat which did not materialize. You will be hooked up with the song as you are trying to discover how it will evolve as a dance song.
There is a bit of oriental element in “I See Who You Are.” You hear instrument that you relate with Kabuki or Geisha thing. She is telling then that despite the mask that the individual wears she can actually see the real person behind the mask. In “Vertebrae by Vertebrae,” you imagine a certain kind of war elements in the song. At some point, you can imagine two dinosaurs nearing each other and making a stance to prepare for a fight. And towards the middle of the song, your imagination shifted to sexual things like body to body rubbing each other.
Any Bjork album will not be complete if there is no accapela song thus you have “Pneumonia” which has liquid background, “Declare Independence” which is also a play with synthesizers; like a child playing with tins and sticks to create music, and “My Juvenile”. “Hope” is quite surprising as it has a samba element which is quite rare for her to do so.
It takes patience to listen to any Bjork album as it is not too pop for everyone. If we based the rating system and limit our comparison to her other albums, I say this album is to experimental even for her own standard. However, you can say that this is a well thought album not a forced one. I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it