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Limited Edition Japanese pressing comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. Universal. 2008. * Please note these are issued on Universal EU barcodes but are in fact pressed in Japan and include an OBI and booklet.
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
unison - - 10/10
I found her music here, with its layered, atmospheric production, attractive. It's a natural for surround sound, which she uses very effectively. At times the melodies are not that strong and a certain sameness creeps into the various tracks, but the music seems really more about the sophisticated sound and production (which I gather Bjork is heavily involved with). Overall, the music, the skillful production, and the apt use of surround sound are impressive.
Regarding the nonmusical elements of the DVD-Audio, the main menu is poorly done. (When playing this on a DVD-Audio machine, it's apparently impossible to select the Dolby Digital playback, which might be useful for a comparison to the high-end sound of pure DVD-Audio.) Also, when each track plays, the same image (or its reversed version) appear on every track. Very unimaginative.
Still, this is one of the better pop DVD-Audio releases. At least it was truly mixed for surround sound, as opposed to being a pseudo-surround re-issue of some ancient rock record. Let's hope that the medium of high quality surround becomes the norm of studio-savvy artists like Bjork, so that they can expand their creativity into full surround rather than being limited to the confining, 2-dimensional stereo medium.
Fortunately I did, because it is one of the best albums of 2001 and have listened to it every day since. First, be aware, if you do not know Bjork, she is not your run of the mill rock and roller. This album includes sound effects, music boxes, poetry and that amazing and powerful voice. Her music approaches spirituality at times. And it almost always borders on the eccentric, occasionally on the bizarre.
Highlights include Pagan Poetry (which I am dying to burn next to the Sugarcubes "Delicious Demon"!), It's Not Up to You, and Aurora. The CD grows on you the more you listen, so don't make a quick judgement on the first scan through the tracks. I would most accurately rate this CD at about 4.60 out of 5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars. Her tour with a full orchestra, Scandanavian (Icelandic?) chorus and harpist must be otherworldly, which is an accurate description of Bjork period.
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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. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by A. Garcia
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
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. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by KP
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. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by David Johnson
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