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Vespertine

Björk Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B00005N5AX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Heirloom
11. Harm Of Will
12. Unison

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another side to the Bjork puzzle 5 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Bjork for aroun 8 years and really love and enjoy her music. I have to say that Vespertine is, for me, her best album! Admittedly it is a little difficult upon first hearing but that is only because you haven't heard the like of it before - not from Bjork or any other artist for that. It is very honest and intimate. You would almost think it a diary full of personal thoughts and feelings (especially listening to 'Cocoon'). Bjork fans know that with her albums she tends to take a new and surprising route with each album and goes for a particular sound eg with the album 'Post', electronic sounds were the focus and 'Homogenic' focused on strings and voice. 'Vespertine' has real beautiful uplifting choir voice which gets quite lush in places as well as the electric harp and strings. Highlights include 'Unison', 'Pagan Poetry', 'Aurora' and 'Hidden Place' which stands out using noodle-like sounds against a choir. I think this is an excellent album and am really glad I have it. With each album Bjork does something new and this is a good addition to a collection or if you just want to hear something different.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars album of the year? 7 Sep 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Well there's little doubt in my mind this is the best album I've heard over the last year or two. (I would have dubbed it the album of the millenium but that would be a little pretentious.) On my first listening I was looking for the instantly accesible, catchy tunes, and there a few of those but repeated listenings kept increasing my appreciation of this album and in particular allowed me to enjoy it as an organic whole. Bjork has crafted something absolutely fascinating, music that allows us to share her own fascinations, whimsies, wonders and moods. Its hard to describe the impact of this intimacy. I can't think of a singer since Kate Bush who has acheived such depths in her music and who gives her immagination such free reign. I don't think everyone is going to respond to this album as I did, but I do think everyone should give it a try. Simply fabulous!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Clear and Beautiful as Crystal ... 17 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Whether she liked it or not, "Dancer In The Dark" had cemented Björk’s place in pop culture as a pioneer of the utmost order, as well as leading to the most questionable choice of dress in a singer’s career ever with the infamous “swan” draped over her shoulders. After collecting accolades for both her music and her acting (among them two Golden Globe nominations and another nod for the Best Song Oscar), it would have been assumed by many that Björk would have come out firing on all cylinders with her next LP. Björk’s mind, however, humbled by the success of "Dancer" and a newfound loving relationship with performance artist Matthew Barney, was on a different plane altogether. The result, "Vespertine", could easily be described as the stuff of dreams, featuring soundscapes and melodies unlike any to be found in her career.
The main difference between "Vespertine" and the albums that precede it lies directly in their environmental space. "Debut’s" pop music exemplified the best of early ‘90s UK dance, whilst "Post" saw Björk travelling the world with many an eclectic collaborator, swinging wildly from the urban metropolis to the tropical rainforest. "Homogenic" represented a return to her nativeland with its raw geology and sweeping romanticism, whilst "SelmaSongs" used sounds directly from the film set itself to spark the character of Selma’s musings into songs. "Vespertine" is very different because the environment explored here is Björk herself. Using the advances of Internet glitch-pop much like Radiohead did with "Kid A", Björk concocts epic pieces of music that beguilingly soar into the listener’s consciousness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quite simply the most stunning album 23 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
this is without doubt one of the most sublime and beautiful albums ever recorded. Bjork is completely in control of an inner world view. The image rich lyrics, the fearlessness and intimacy of the vocals alongside the cutting edge electronica and lush orchestral arrangements show an artist who never fails to dare with every release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ice crystal beauty? 8 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
Being new to Bjork, I wondered how I'd like this. I had only heard a few tracks from previous works (on a free promo CD in the Times!). There is a crystal clarity to this, a sparseness, yet with the lush sounds of harp, celeste and music box. Her voice is intimate and breathy, and again passionate and full-throated. She sure can sing, and even the obscure lyrics have meaning. I love the way she twists the meter round within the music, and the Icelandic accent adds to the interest. Some tracks - like "Aurora" just seem to soar away to the sky. I love it. But don't listen to it too often, as it could lose meaning - you have to listen properly to appreciate. I certainly will be buying her previous works too.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it in a Hidden Place 31 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Vespertine is by far Bjorks most ambitious work to date. From the bouncy pop of "Debut," to the Electronic, jazz influence of "Post," to the almost Techno/Classical theme (if there is such a thing) of "Homogenic" to the soothing electronic take on chamber music of "Vespertine." And it's a real corker.
The theme is that of "An album that sounded like it was made while someone was cooking pasta," as Bjork recently put it. It's a swirling, cosmic album of gothic imagery and dreamscapes; soothing choir voices interweave harps and electronic blips and deep bass-lines. Bjorks distinct voice as always sounds so natural and unfiltered; this carries the album along beautifully.
Stand out tracks include "Hidden Place" (the first single), "It's Not Up To You," "Undo," "Pagan Poetry" and "Unison." "Harm Of Will" being my personal favourite. The highly textured soundscapes are layered beautifully throughout, showing thoughtful production. Much of the rhythmic blips, squeaks and taps, courtesy of Matmos are much more understated here than in any other of Bjorks solo workings. The overall melody too is far less unforgiving from that of her previous working "Homogenic." The album soothes, it lulls, calms and uplifts. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, her finest work to date and deserves a place in any true music fans collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars muito lindo
vespertine is gorgeous.... i always wanted to have the album, because the ilustrations and art at all is very beautiful....so as the stickers on the box... Read more
Published 11 months ago by antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Vespertine
A remarkable achievement. Exoticand evocative with delightful musical arrangements and celestial voices. Bjork is a true artist and a one-off.
Published 18 months ago by Angela Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL the best bjork album
Just put this on and realised it was almost 12 years ago that i bought it. I didnt like it when i first bought it, it took a couple of listens. Read more
Published 19 months ago by squiff
5.0 out of 5 stars easily the best bjork albun
only a numbskull could believe that this is not bjorks best album in my opinion Her singing reaches her zenith of feeling Sounds like she gets more feeling than ever before Also... Read more
Published 21 months ago by garrysmithreggae
5.0 out of 5 stars Björk Fan's Description/Translation of Her Best Album
Vespertine is arguably Björk's best album. The sound is tender and graceful, romantic and nostalgic. Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. E. Pears
5.0 out of 5 stars A Whisper In The Snow.
This is such a beautiful album it is a rare occasion of an album being unique as to be all of it's own and of nothing else. Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by Julia Havard
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
I have a very large collection of CDs, many wonderful albums, much superb music and sprinkled amongst the collection are just a few true masterpieces, Vespertine is one of them. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by E. P. M. Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmotional
Bjorks best album. Not an uptempo album although it has it's moments, more an emmotional roller-coaster of sounds and voice. Awsome. One you will never tire of. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by Ade
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and absolutely magical
One of the most perfect albums ever recorded. You will need some desent headphones, to be able to understand why so many people fell in love with Vespertine. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by Mr. S. Ryzhenok
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album but too minamilistic
this was the first Bjork album I bought and liked the ethereal sound of it, but this is far from Bjorks best work I think when you compare it to her previous albums which had more... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2009 by Mr. Ms. Tait
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