Voltaic [2CD/2DVD]

Voltaic [2CD/2DVD]

by Björk
     
 

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Leave it to Björk to make a live album set that can be treated as part of her regular body of work rather than a side note. While Björk fans have occasionally complained about the amount of repackaging of her albums, Voltaic reaffirms just how important the live aspect is to her music, and provides a couple of different perspectives on it as

Overview

Leave it to Björk to make a live album set that can be treated as part of her regular body of work rather than a side note. While Björk fans have occasionally complained about the amount of repackaging of her albums, Voltaic reaffirms just how important the live aspect is to her music, and provides a couple of different perspectives on it as well. Volta sparked a particularly inspired and lavish tour that, arguably, ended up being bigger than the actual album was, but tapped into the most dramatic, primal, and elegant aspects of Björk's art overall. It's fitting, then, that the chronicles of the Volta tour are just as thoughtfully crafted as the shows were (and since Voltaic comes in several different releases ranging from a single live disc to a CD, DVD, and vinyl extravaganza, fans can pick the size that suits them best). This version of Voltaic offers a live CD recorded in one take at London's Olympic Studio, just hours before Björk and her band -- which included Volta collaborators Mark Bell and Chris Corsano as well as the ten-piece all-female Icelandic brass section/choir she put together for the album -- played 2007's Glastonbury Festival, a DVD capturing the highlights of her Paris and Reykjavik concerts, a CD of Volta remixes, and a DVD of Volta videos. Given that the live CD was recorded in better conditions than many studio albums get, it's no surprise that the sound quality is excellent -- almost too excellent. This is not a warts-and-all concert recording with the occasional muddy audio and lots of crowd interaction; instead, it feels like the listener is hiding in a studio booth as Björk and her band perform a flawless rehearsal. While this approach is a little removed, the results are impressive: the Volta tracks ("Earth Intruders," "Wanderlust," "Vertebrae by Vertebrae," "Declare Independence") actually have more impact here than they did on the original album, while the classic songs ("Pagan Poetry," "All Is Full of Love," "Hunter," "I Miss You") adapt to the percussion-heavy Volta approach well. The DVD gives more of a true concert experience, with eye-popping visuals, beautiful shooting and editing, and a cheering crowd. Its set list barely overlaps with the CD's, instead offering great performances of two of Medúlla's best tracks, "Where Is the Line" and "Who Is It," and a rousing finale to the Paris concert in "Pluto" and "Declare Independence" along with Post and Homogenic favorites. The Reykjavik excerpts will be especially exciting to hardcore fans -- it makes perfect sense that she saved deeper tracks like "My Juvenile" and "Vokuro" for an intimate performance in her homeland. The remix CD includes Matthew Herbert's reworking of "Declare Independence" and Modeselektor's take on "The Dull Flame of Desire," while the videos DVD features not only the official videos for Volta's singles, but the "Innocence" video contest winner and runners-up as well. Overall, it's a thorough and fascinating look at the Volta era.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602517972704
catalogNumber:
1797270

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Wanderlust
  2. Hunter
  3. The Pleasure Is All Mine
  4. Innocence
  5. Army of Me
  6. I Miss You
  7. Earth Intruders
  8. All Is Full of Love
  9. Pagan Poetry
  10. Vertebrae by Vertebrae
  11. Declare Independence

Disc 2

  1. Brennið Pið Vitar
  2. Earth Intruders
  3. Hunter
  4. Immature
  5. Joga
  6. The Pleasure Is All Mine
  7. Vertebrae by Vertebrae
  8. Where Is the Line
  9. Who Is It
  10. Desired Constellation
  11. Army of Me
  12. Bachelorette
  13. Wanderlust
  14. Hyperballad
  15. Pluto
  16. Declare Independence
  17. Pneumonia
  18. My Juvenile
  19. Vökuró
  20. Sonnets/Unrealities XI
  21. Mouth's Cradle

Disc 3

  1. Earth Intruders
  2. Declare Independence
  3. Innocence
  4. Wanderlust
  5. The Dull Flame of Desire
  6. The Making of "Declare Independence"
  7. The Making of "Wanderlust"
  8. Innocence: Davood Saghiri Davood Saghiri
  9. Innocence: Dimitri StankowiczDimitri Stankowicz
  10. Innocence: Étienne Strubbe Étienne Strubbe
  11. Innocence: Julien Himmer Julien Himmer
  12. Innocence: Laurent Labouille Laurent Labouille
  13. Innocence: Mario Caporali Mario Caporali
  14. Innocence: Mik O_o Armellino Mik O_o Armelino
  15. Innocence: Renato Klieger and Terracotta
  16. Innocence: Roland Matusek Roland Matusek

Disc 4

  1. Earth Intruders
  2. Innocence
  3. Declare Independence
  4. Wanderlust
  5. The Dull Flames of Desire
  6. Earth Intruders
  7. Innocence
  8. Declare Independence
  9. The Dull Flame of Desire
  10. Innocence
  11. Declare Independence
  12. Innocence

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Björk   Primary Artist
Damian Taylor   Synthesizer,Track Performer,electronics
Chris Corsano   Percussion,Drums,Track Performer
Guðrún Edda Gunnarsdóttir   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Inga Harðardóttir   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Benedikt Ingólfsson   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Jónína Guðrún KristinsdóttirÞ   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Mark Blakkat Bell   Synthesizer,Track Performer,electronics
Jónas Sen   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Track Performer,electronics
þorbjörn Sigurðsson   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Björn Thorarensen   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Björk   Composer
Howard "Howie" Bernstein   Composer
Christopher Taplin   Backline Technician
Graham Massey   Composer
e.e. cummings   Composer
Olivier Alary   Composer
Damian Taylor   Arranger,Music Direction
Michel Gondry   Video Director
Simon Changer   Engineer
Sveinn Kjartansson   Engineer
Einar Örn   Producer
Jennifer George   Management
Mark Blakkat Bell   beats,Music Direction
Alex Dromgoole   Remixing
Jónas Sen   beats
Andrea Helgadottir   Personal Assistant
Gernot Bronsert   Remixing
Sebastian Szary   Remixing

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