Björk’s Vulnicura is perhaps the finest album to come out this year, and the competition has been fierce. It's marvelous up-and-down, though "Lionsong" stands out. In his appraisal of "Lionsong," our own Samuel Tolzmann wrote that "Vulnicura is a brutal listen that will sap more or less all the hope you had in human relationships. But there’s also space for a track like 'Lionsong,' a scathing six-minute declaration of independence in which burning resentment crystalizes 'abstract complex feelings' into simple him-or-me-this-time vitriol." It's a rare and satisfying moment of instant gratification on an album that demands your patience. And now it has a video, in which Björk quite literally has her heart on display.
"Björk’s character for 'Lionsong' had to be smooth like a spider waiting in her web and seductive like a Balinese dancer cast in bronze," directors Inez and Vinoodh said of the video. "She is seen as if under a microscope, baring her heart while luring us inside the bloody galaxy of her own wound."