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Poetry... Pagan or otherwise,
This review is from: Vespertine (Audio CD)
Building on the sound and lyrical concerns of her previous album, the landmark Homogenic, Vespertine sees Bjork branching out and exploring further musical horizons, whilst in turn, creating an even more intimate and haunting world for the listener to immerse themselves in.
The effect of Vespertine is truly stunning... Bjork takes on the musical ideology of the previous record, mixing electronic samples with traditional Icelandic instrumentation, and creates a series of musical vignettes that strip away even more of the techno elements, to create a more mature work of subtlety and sensuality. This is a deeply erotic record; with Bjork singing in her trademark combination of hushed whispers and grandstanding screams to great effect... sort of like a re-imagining of Kate Bush’s dazzling Sensual World LP.
A fuller description would be to imagine Homogenic, crossed with Bjork’s own Selma Songs, crossed with Sigur Rós’s stunning Agaetis Byrjun, with further elements taken from traditional folk music and, more surprisingly, children’s lullabies. Needless to say this is pretty dense stuff... but filled with enough warmth and humanity to overcome the sometimes-impenetrable austereness. The songs flow as one, carrying the listener through a sustained mood of lyrical beauty and lush, relaxation.
This is a bold and confident work that far surpasses anything she has done before (with the exception of Homogenic, which is an all time masterpiece). The arrangements are beautifully detailed, filled with subtle elements and a multi-layered tranquillity that takes hold of us from beginning to end. The only question we are left with at the end of this disk is; where can Bjork possibly go from here?