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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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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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Bjork never ceases to amaze. With her latest album, verspertine, she takes you on a journey. From the first song, Hidden Place she captivates. Read morePublished on June 8 2004
Bjork is one of the most ground-breaking and wonderfully creative artists in all music today, and has been for more than a decade now. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Busy Body
if you love homogenic, post, dancer in the dark, and the peppier parts of debut, skip this album.
I prefer bjork's collaborations with alec empire, 808 state, howie b,... Read more
For those of us who strain to imagine what heaven sounds like, Vespertine likely serves as a very close approximation. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Wendy C. Darling
I bought this CD in late 2003 because I had been hearing a lot of publicity about her and had totally forgotten about her after I moved from Germany to the States. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
what a great comeback for bjork since the release of her previous album( homogenic) and she does not dissapoint, she again gives us entrancing melodies and soothes us with her... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by K. lett
When Bjöork hit the music scene with "Debut" back in 1993, no one expected that the Icelandic sugarcube would change the face of popular music by revamping every aspect of pop... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Nasser Alqatami