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on 6 March 2003
The first of Bjork's live videos to be released end up being the fifth part of her fantastic "Live DVD Series", with "Vessel" being available on VHS for nearly ten years now. Not a concert video as such but more of a personal recollection of the "Debut" tours, peppered with live performances and interview snippets with the titular chanteuse herself, as well as clips of her jamming with her bandmates (among them Leila Arab, Guy Sigsworth and Talvin Singh). Directed by Stephane Sednaoui, who directed Bjork's videos for "Big Time Sensuality" and "Possibly Maybe" as well as photographed Bjork's iconic sleeve for "Post", after original choice Jean-Baptiste Mondino pulled out, the result is a slight but utterly beguiling sift through Bjork's world of music.
The live performances are shot efficiently, but nowhere near as match the visual virtuosity of later shows, but the effect is cheerfully cheap ... with little more than a handful of players, however, Bjork's early ability to bewitch the listener is already audible. The best performances here are of "Aeroplane" and the little heard B-side "Atlantic", which has Bjork dance giddily to the tune of a lovely flute. "One Day", "Big Time Sensuality" and, of course, "Human Behaviour" also make noteworthy appearances on the set list.
The best part of the DVD, which is missing from the others in the series, is the interview snippets with Bjork where she talks about moving to London, finding her band and songwriting in general. Her best quote is when she cheekily confides that music isn't her one and only love: "I'm addicted to people too!" The deranged debauchery before "Violently Happy", also, is a sight to behold too ("Oh My GOD!!!", "Have you GOT THE GEAR!!!???"), highlighting the great company Bjork keeps herself in. And watching her jam to a car alarm in the middle of the street is a joy to witness. Certainly weaker than the other live DVDs, but still a nice little film ...
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