Björk is an amazing artist that deserves more respect in the industry. She obviously would be even more respected if she were a man. But that still does not completely excuse her weaker output from Medulla to Biophilla; I don't think it's less beloved just because she's a woman. Medulla wasn't bad at all but it still felt like it was missing something. Volta was quite a bit better as it delivered singles that were rather worthy of her 90's output. Then came Biophilia - an album so pretentious and overambitious that it made me think that it just was not worth following her with almost religious devotion anymore.
Vulnicura really gets her back on track. As a reaction to Biophilia's rather esoteric themes, Vulnicura focuses on her breakup with the man she was with for about fifteen years. It actually chronicles the end of the relationship during its first six tracks. The first few tracks even, without spoiling anything, take place before the breakup.
This is by far the best part of the album. Björk is extremely touching as she sings about all kinds of intimate details that deal with the end of her relationship. It is extremely heartbreaking to get through all of this with her.
Of course, this is still latter-day Björk music. So do not expect to find easy-to-get-into song structures. In fact, it can be rather difficult at times. To the untrained ear, it can even occasionally sound like she's just singing in a totally random way.
Once you really get into its weirdness, this is actually a pretty great album. My only real complaint is that I actually wish that the last few tracks did not change the subject matter. Those songs are still dark; they still talk about stuff that really hurt Björk recently. But it's just not as intriguing as the early parts of the album because they don't deal lyrically with the story of her heartbreak.
Overall, I feel comfortable saying that the album compares favorably with Debut or Post. I don't listen to it as often as those two but it keeps getting better with time. It's just so immersive. I appreciate it even more since Utopia came out as a counterpoint to its darkness. Highlights of the album Vulnicura honestly include all of the first six tracks. They all have plenty of moments of greatness that can almost make you feel you're as depressed as her. "Stonemilker" is amazing. I also like that Anonhi was brought back for "Atom Dance".