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  • Vinyl (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B003IQVL88
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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200 Gram DMM

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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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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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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2001
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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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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