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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: #2,944 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

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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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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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By A Customer on Oct. 31 2002
Format: DVD Audio
Although I've previously heard bits and pieces here and there of Bjork's output, this is the first time I've listened to a recording of hers straight through. It was specifically because she released Vespertine as a DVD-Audio that I checked it out.
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.
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Format: DVD Audio
This album is naked, intimate, sexual, and the microphone is zoomed-in the way the camera is in the video for "Hidden Place"...with all those humanly-real pores right there. When I listen to it I feel a bit like George Bailey with a naked beautiful woman hiding in a bush and I'm feeling like a bit of a sneaky voyeur who'd be embarrassed to be caught listening to something so intimate. Yet there's also a weird duality of cold and against-your-cheek warmth going on here that's very difficult to explain...perhaps the icy crystalline Vangelis-like electronic sounds might have something to do with that. She certainly was aware of it when using the sound of feet in the snow. There are a few songs that just don't quite grab me unless I'm wearing my expensive Etymotic earphones, and then the whole experience is, well, an floating in a sensory depravation chamber while on some futuristic sci-fi drug. My favorite song is definitely "Unison", with some vocal modulations that are just thrilling to the soul (assuming for the moment that I've got one). The best results seem to be coming from Bjork writing the lyrics and doing the production herself, Guy Sigsworth organizing the accompanying arrangements, and Mike "Spike" Stent doing the mixing. The best tracks match this pattern, and the further the track was from this format, the less I seemed to like it. The sound quality is stunning. I don't know who mastered it or even if it was, but it's lovely. "Vespertine" is now in DVD-Audio 24bit, 48khz LPCM surround now as well, which I'm assuming is the exact original digital data remixed for 5.1 with loving care. That should be a real treat.
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Format: Audio CD
Though a fan of this artist for many years, I had lost touch with the direction she had taken. From the days of the Sugarcubes, I was taken by her exotic appearance, strange artistic mannerisms, and incredible vox. As 2001 has been a mediocre year for great music, I decided to give Bjork's latest a chance and purchased it last week.
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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