Voltaic [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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, and a DVD capturing the highlights of her Paris and Reykjavik concerts. 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. With great audio and visuals, this version of Voltaic should please all but the most completist Björk fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597982084
  • Catalog Number: 519648
  • Sales rank: 66,944

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wanderlust - Martin Björk (5:46)
  2. 2 Hunter - Martin Björk (4:18)
  3. 3 The Pleasure Is All Mine - Martin Björk (3:20)
  4. 4 Innocence - Martin Björk (3:59)
  5. 5 Army of Me - Martin Björk (4:20)
  6. 6 I Miss You - Martin Björk (3:30)
  7. 7 Earth Intruders - Martin Björk (3:51)
  8. 8 All Is Full of Love - Martin Björk (4:04)
  9. 9 Pagan Poetry - Martin Björk (5:14)
  10. 10 Vertebrae by Vertebrae - Martin Björk (5:08)
  11. 11 Declare Independence - Martin Björk (4:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Brennið Pið Vitar - Martin Björk
  2. 2 Earth Intruders - Martin Björk
  3. 3 Hunter - Martin Björk
  4. 4 Immature - Martin Björk
  5. 5 Jóga - Martin Björk
  6. 6 The Pleasure Is All Mine - Martin Björk
  7. 7 Vertebrae by Vertebrae - Martin Björk
  8. 8 Where Is the Line - Martin Björk
  9. 9 Who Is It - Martin Björk
  10. 10 Desired Constellation - Martin Björk
  11. 11 Army of Me - Martin Björk
  12. 12 Bachelorette - Martin Björk
  13. 13 Wanderlust - Martin Björk
  14. 14 Hyperballad - Martin Björk
  15. 15 Pluto - Martin Björk
  16. 16 Declare Independence - Martin Björk
  17. 17 Pneumonia - Martin Björk
  18. 18 My Juvenile - Martin Björk
  19. 19 Vokuró - Martin Björk
  20. 20 Sonnets/Unrealities XI - Martin Björk
  21. 21 Mouth's Cradle - Martin Björk
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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 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
Howard "Howie" Bernstein Composer
Graham Massey Composer
e.e. cummings Composer
Olivier Alary Composer
Damian Taylor Arranger, Music Direction
Simon Changer Engineer
Sveinn Kjartansson Engineer, Mastering
Mark Blakkat Bell beats
Jónas Sen beats
Martin Björk Composer
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