Bjorkâ€šÃ„Ã´s latest release Volta llustrates her undeniable uniqueness, lyrically and vocally. Her work has always been imaginative and fanciful in spirit and Volta is no exception, but the whimsy is tempered throughout with weighty, complex subject matter and a self-awareness that comes from experience.Partially recorded on a boat in Africa and Jamaica as a result of cabin fever, Volta takes flight with the visceral â€šÃ„ÃºWanderlust.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The spirit of adventure inhabits the song with a vibrant orchestration thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s alive. Bjork screams, â€šÃ„ÃºWanderlust! Relentlessly craving,â€šÃ„Ã¹ but balances it with the realization that â€šÃ„ÃºLust for comfort / Suffocates the soul.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Sheâ€šÃ„Ã´s youthful but shows her motherly nature with songs like the vulnerable â€šÃ„ÃºMy Juvenile,â€šÃ„Ã¹ featuring English singer Antony Hegarty. Over just a sparse string arrangement Bjork sings wistfully, and likely to her son, â€šÃ„ÃºPerhaps I set you too freeâ€šÃ„Â¶ But the intentions were pure.â€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„ÃºI See Who You Areâ€šÃ„Ã¹ sounds gypsy-like, with keyboard, horns, strings and Chinese pipa contributing nicely to the gentle but powerful spirit of the song celebrating living in the moment and the strength of non-sexual love.
In the refreshing â€šÃ„ÃºInnocence,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Bjorkâ€šÃ„Ã´s voice is juxtaposed with Timbalandâ€šÃ„Ã´s beats. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s almost danceworthy. So is the Timbaland-produced â€šÃ„ÃºEarth Intruders,â€šÃ„Ã¹ where Bjork describes the horror and compassion of the â€šÃ„ÃºMud graves / Timber / Morbid trenchesâ€šÃ„Ã¹ in post-tsunami Indonesia. Set to tribal drums, sounding as if Bjork and company are marching in to save the masses by â€šÃ„ÃºGrinding skeptics / Into the soilâ€šÃ„Ã¹ with a â€šÃ„ÃºShower of goodness,â€šÃ„Ã¹ itâ€šÃ„Ã´s hopeful, setting an example of how people should behave.
Love seen through her eyes isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t just for romantics or the heartbroken; it can be a global event. Bjork lives up to expectations with Volta, showing versatility and depth. Full of odd sounds, the music may not always be melodic, yet Bjork connects emotionally.