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Lean into it...,
This review is from: Vespertine (Audio CD)
I held off buying this for too long after being less than impressed by the singles (Pagan Poetry and Hidden Place), and boy, was that a mistake! Now I've finally succumbed, it's probably my favourite Bjork album, with all the beauty of Debut, and the electro/organic sound of Homogenic.
I have warmed to the singles to - Hidden Place is much, much better after repeat listenings. It's the little things you notice, like the chopped-up vocals, that really add to the song. Cocoon I just plain don't like - I skip it almost always, I'm afraid. Pagan Poetry is still something of a mystery to me. There's nothing wrong with it as such, I just don't feel it contains as much beauty as the rest of the songs here. Everyone else loves it though, so maybe it's just me. The rest of the album is fantastic, mind.
Compared to Post and Homogenic, Vespertine contains none of the 'Angry Bjork' (Army Of Me, Pluto), but plenty of the nice, fluffy, 'Lovely Bjork'. The Vince Mendoza-fuelled strings throughout the album work well with the sometimes harsh clicks and bleeps, and really compliment Bjork's voice. It's exactly the direction I'd hope she'd go in, after the hints of Homogenic. Joga and All Is Full Of Love would suit this album just as well as they suited that.
In tracks like Undo and Unison, the strings swell up, she sounds almost operatic...and...it's just brilliant! Sometimes I can't deal with the whole album at once - the climaxes take you through the roof and up amongst the stars, and it's often just too much to take! And that really is just about as high an accolade as I can give it. If you 'get' Bjork, buy this album. If you're looking for a place to start, this or the Greatest Hits would be as good as any.