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  • Audio CD (Aug. 28 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B00005NG4X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 353 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hidden Place
2. Cocoon
3. It's Not Up To You
4. Undo
5. Pagan Poetry
6. Frosti
7. Aurora
8. An Echo A Stain
9. Sun In My Mouth
10. Heirloom
11. Harm Of Will
12. Unison

Product Description

Ever since Björk's vital, effusive 1993 debut, her music has been increasingly intimate, gently private, and concerned with seclusion. It's typical then that Vespertine's first single is called "Hidden Place." The studious solitude is rewarding, though. Vespertine is a lush, gorgeous swell of midpace electronica, symphonic strings, and Björk's uniquely alien, spectral vocals. There are fantastical wonders here. "Cocoon" (another eulogy to withdrawal from the world) is delicate as a breath, Björk sounding too fragile to be flesh as she lauds "a beauty this immense." "Pagan Poetry" and "Aurora," likewise, are adrift in an enchanted reverie. When she chooses, she crafts killer tunes; "It's Not up to You" is as lovely as anything on Post. Yet, frequently, on such tracks as the yearning, glancing "Undo," Björk seems to be simply thinking aloud, reveling in this wildly rich and visceral music. She's reclaimed cutting-edge electronica, so often the province of geeks and technicians, for the poets and the passionate. Vespertine is a landmark, a revelation, and a truly fabulous achievement. --Ian Gittins

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By A Customer on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
all i can say ok, i'm only 14 and this album has totally changed my perceptions on the beauty of music. i used to think that rock and pop songs were the shat but after listening to songs like "an echo, a stain", "harm of will" and "cocoon" i think that bjork is on a totally different playing field than other artists. she has to ability to create her own dreamworld and you can tell that she knows what she's doing and that she has crafted "vespertine" in a way that is very abstract and just how she wants it. this is such a relief from the now dominating rap songs out. this is true, beautiful, meaning music with mindblowing lyrics. wow.
hidden place - - 9/10
cocoon - - 10/10
it's not up to you - - 8/10
undo - - 10/10
pagan poetry - - 9/10
frosti - - 7/10
aurora - - 9/10
an echo, a stain - - 11/10
sun in my mouth - - 8/10
heirloom - - 8/10
harm of will - 10/10
unison - - 10/10
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As a fan of Bjork after seeing her preform on this HBO show, (I forgot the name) I would be blessed by purchasing her latest studio album, Vespertine.
Mind you, before I purchased any of Bjorks albums I downloaded all of her songs that I liked, most of them were from Homogenic, and some of the most memorable were from Post. I started to fall in love with her song after song, and it's obvious that downloads don't par with cd quality audio. I just had to buy her cds. (except for Debut, which only has a couple of good songs and really isn't Bjork's moment.)
Although my favorite Bjork songs are probably "Hyper-Ballad," "Unravel," "Hunter," "Pluto," and "All is Full of Love (Stigmata Mix)" I consider Vespertine to be her best album, and that's saying a lot when it can conquer the behemoth, which is Homogenic, although Post seems to be her moment, based on many magazine lists.
This is not her most personal album, that belongs to Homogenic. But I can say that this is her most sensual album to date and emotional. This has been the most critically acclaimed album of the years it's been released, which made me some to the assumption that the Grammys don't pay Bjork much attention. This was ripped off of an Album of the Year nod. I mean atleast best alternative album. Every song is a listener, although I do tend to skip over "An Echo, A Stain," redundantly. The whole cd. is mellow, and it fits bjork like the infamous swan dress she wore at the Oscars.
It's hard to choose the best songs, and the realeased singles are obviously some of them, otherwise they wouldn't have been singles knowing Bjorks sense of musical perfectionism.
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In an age of bad pre-processed pop and American Idol trash, we should all be thankful that there are artists in the music industry like Bjork. She is one of the remaining few that continues to explore music's limitless possibilities. I only own two ther Bjork albums, Post and Homogenic and I just recently purchased Vespertine, and just as I hoped,it does not sound anything like those other albums. Her sound always varies, yet her approach to making music is always constant. Just by listening, one can tell that she pays attention to every detail of the creative process, just as painter or a sculptor. She has a wonderful sense of musical arrangement and orchestration, and the brilliance of the music lies within her ability to blend modern technology,classical instrumentation, and mesmerizing lyrics.
The songs on Vespertine are quite intimate, yet they have layers of complexity that make them intriguing to listen to. The songs here have gorgeous melodies and often very cinematic qualities. On her albums, Bjork creates these intricate landscapes and unique worlds that allow you to visualize not only the lyrics but the music as well. I have often heard the complaint that her voice is not great or is annoying. How can we make this judgement when listening to someone like Ms. Aguilera sounds like listening to a cat in heat? Or, Ms. Spears who has positively no vocal range at all and often lip syncs. Rather than trying to compete with the music, Bjork uses her voice simply to accompany the orchestrations and it is usually the lyrics that are striking.
If you have never heard any of her albums or are simply reluctant to purchase this one, it is definitely worth exploring. Just realize that Vespertine does not sound like other Bjork albums, it is softer, dreamier, and very theatrical.
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At first I didn't like this album, not at all. It was so sedate, calm, and slow compared to all Björk's other projects. After giving the CD to a friend, I started wondering why I did that. Okay, so the pace was slow compared to, say, Post or Homogenic, but what did I hate so much? So I bought a cheap copy of the Limited Edition (I suggest it, nice a hardback kids book, lol) and gave it another listen.
Upon opening my mind and trying not to judge it by what I had grown to think was "Björk's sound," I fell in love with it. It turned out to be one of the most peaceful and mystic albums I have encountered yet. Her whispy vocals and the musicbox-like music make for a fairytale of an album that shows, or should I say expands on, a whole new side of Björk. This mellow side of her was always there, it just hadn't been elaborated on musically on any of her albums.
This is a very unique album even for the queen of uniqueness herself! It's frantically numinous and tantalizingly ghostly in its tranquility. Buy it and prepare yourself for a journey. I just can't wait for her new vocally-powered album "Medulla" to come out!
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