The album's songs are chronologically ordered, labeled "nine months before" to "11 months after" (the last three songs have no such timestamp but seem to continue on the subject of the outcome).
On , Björk presents herself as a saint (check out the fuzzy halo around her on the album art work) and a superhero ("How will I sing us out of this sorrow / Build a safe bridge for the child out of this danger? We don't get any sense of what she contributed to the breakup—what we're privy to are her reactions to his shortcomings.
And her extraordinary vocal style is no hark back to a traditional form of folk singing either: it is her own distinctive creation.
At the same time, it is British artists like Kate Bush (one of Bjrk's teenage heroines) who seems to have influenced that remarkable voice we know today, although where that leaves her other childhood favourite, Genesis is anyone's guess!
If she had any fault, it was feeling too much, being too invested in their relationship, trying too hard.
Barney was closed-off, distant, fatalistic, and moody.
"Black Lake" is Björk's 10-minute version of Big Sean's "I Don't Fuck With You," which is as compelling to hear as it is to consider.
As more details amass over the course of is Björk dabbling in the medium of the break-up album, which sounds more tantalizing on paper than it functions in practice.
Geographically and culturally isolated, Iceland has produced relatively few internationally famous individuals in its thousand-year history.
While scholars may remember some of the contry's historical heros, name-dropping a character or two from its legendary Sagas, most people would probarbly struggle to pluck more than Magnus "I've started so I'll finish" Magnusson's name from the geothermally-heated ether. With the accolades heaped upon her album, "Debut", ex-Sugarcubes vocalist Bjrk (pronounced Byerk) looks set to ovbertake the 'Mastermind' host as the world's most famous Icelander, and has probarbly done more to put her home country on the map in the last six months than any Nordic tour operator has managed in a decade.
But Björk is not wasting time subtweeting Barney or unfriending him on Facebook -- she's going in swinging, roughing up her ex's credibility, motivations, decisions and manhood.
Coming off of 2011's nature-centric album, Björk captures the personal trauma before and after the breakup -- and in the middle of the disintegration is the album's centerpiece, "Black Lake." It's a 10-minute song in which she works up the nerve to throw darts at Barney and release the fluid fury of a woman scorned. "Black Lake" is the fourth song on the album and takes place "2 months after" the breakup, so emotions are still pretty raw… She is in that familiar phase of the breakup where she cannot deal at all, still feels wronged and wants to linger in the hurt before moving on.