Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

8. Björk
(One Little Indian)

Chronicling heartbreak from the first inkling that her relationship was coming apart through to the healing and rejuvenation that followed the separation, Björk's Vulnicura is a starkly honest portrait of her experience with the universal theme of loss. Working with producers the Haxan Cloak and Arca, she created a varied landscape of beats that burble underneath her complex and soaring string arrangements, the combination working to support her strong, sorrowful vocals.

Unlike her last release, 2011's Biophilia, where she strived to connect technology and music while working to develop new music education curriculum in Iceland, Vulnicura is less concept than catharsis, which makes the album stand out even in Björk's substantial discography; its stripped-back honesty, and the feeling of sheer sense of purpose driving Vulnicura, make it as necessary as it is beautiful.
Anna Alger