Pagan Poetry / Domestica / Batabid Import, Single, Maxi
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Second single taken from her 2001 album Vespertine, the title track is backed with 2 non-LP tracks, 'Domestica' & 'Batabid'.
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"Domestica" is a more playful and silly than the whole Vespertine mood, but retains the more subtle, sparkling "wintery" sound all of the reviewers keep talking about.
"Batabid" has NO vocals, and is only 2:25 minutes of a repetitive motif that doesn't evolve and sounds like background music for a flower opening on a nature documentary. I am a huge Bjork fan, but that song didn't really do anything for me, other than make me wonder why she can't (I repeat myself) package all of these B-sides into ONE BIG beautiful album and call it Vespertine #2, so that I can use my money for more music.
So, if you're a Bjork addict, as you must be if you are actually reading this, I still recommend that get a copy of this single just for "Domestica" (because obviously you already own Vespertine) and then start making your own copies and selling them to your friends so that you can make some money back just like Bjork is doing.
Aside from the title track, there are two songs here. One is a vocal and the other is an instrumental, unfortunately its not as relaxing or intriguing as 'Frosti'. I love Bjork's whole music-box thing, but her foray into musical instrumental B-sides is an experiment that hasn't met with much success, or at least thats what I think.
A word to collectors : Do you remember how many B-sides were released during the 'Homogenic' era? I collected most of these on cassette in Asia (how much would they go for today, I wonder) but carelessly let them go a couple of years ago. I guess Bjork's CD-making gimmicks haven't ended with 'Vespertine'. The great thing is that all the material is BRILLIANT. But the downside is that, technically, she has only released 2 singles from the album, but all of the B-sides and remixes now exceed the total length of her album itself. And with 'Cocoon' coming out soon, its only going to get more and more difficult for us to keep pace. This is a task that Alanis fans are facing too, with her umpteen B-sides for 'Under Rug Swept'.
The more the merrier may well be the order of the day, but it does get a bit irritating after a point.
(Anyone who saw Bjork live on her Vespertine tour, will remember hearing Domestica.)
The Hidden Places singles have 4 B-sides, and here's 2 more! They sound just like Vespertine... so if you love the album, you'll love the single... and if you hated (or were bored by) Vespertine, don't bother with the single.
Compared to other albums, Vespertine is very soft-spoken, but some of the songs are very powerful.... Pagan Poetry is that way... it picks up with the chorus... and the a capella ending is spine-tingling.
However, Vespertine is just DYING to be remixed... and I was hoping for some remixes on the new single... looks like i'll have to wait longer!
Most recent customer reviews
Well, the song 'Pagan Poetry' is impressive especially
the vocals on last part.Also ,when I first listened the song
'Domestica' I was charmed. Read more
This single is my favorite out of all the Björk singles that I own. The b-sides on this single reach out and grab you, I can't believe I hadn't heard domestica before. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2003
Pagan Poetry is fantastic, Domestica is CUTE and Batabid is beautiful. What more do you need to know? BUY NOW!Published on April 29 2002
This is one of my favourite CDs, and [as usual for our hero], is wonderful, and brilliant. The b-sides are essential, the relaxing and sweet Batabid, which sounds like sun setting... Read morePublished on March 1 2002 by Beketaten
this is wonderful. pagan poetry is wonderful.. domestica is heaven, and bati ahhhh so refreshing! :)
but really. domestica. i have been listening to it non-stop all week. Read more