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Hidden Place / Mother Heroic / Foot Soldier [Single]

BjörkAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: One Little Indian Us
  • ASIN: B00005MP5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hidden Place (Acapella) - Bjork
2. Mother Heroic - Bjork
3. Foot Soldier - Bjork

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First single lifted from 'Vespertine', Björk's first studio project since 1997's 'Homogenic' - the dreamy, string-heavy 'Hidden Place'. Includes the exclusive accapella version of the title track plus two non-album b-sides.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than part one! August 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The vocal version of "Hidden Place" is simply breathtaking; without the squishy noises of pudding through straws or card-shuffle beats provided by Matmos on the Edit version (which are by no means bad, either), the lyrics really come through. A real highlight is the whole verse in the middle of the song that was cut out completely from the Edit, in which Bjork sings my favorite lines: "There lies my passion hidden/ there lies my love/ I'll hide it under a blanket/ lull it to sleep." There are also two B-Sides. "Mother Heroic" features a celesta combined with resonant vocals. The final song, "Foot Soldier" is reminescent of two of Bjork's Homogenic-era songs, "Hunter" and "My Snare," with a Vespertine flavor. The lyrics are like "Hunter"'s and the groovy, mellow beat is like "My Snare"'s. This song that starts out mellow , however, quickly crescendos into an all-out war cry: "you go first/ conquer the darkness!" An exellent companion to "Hidden Place pt. One."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking! August 22, 2001
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My first introduction to her new round of material, this CD is great. The acappella version of HIDDEN PLACE is just as essential as the original. It is much easier to focus on the beauty of her lyrics and nuances of her voice in this gorgeous song about nurturing a secret love nestled inside, never to be expressed. Both of the nonalbum tracks - the nurturing MOTHER HEROIC and trodding FOOT SOLDIER - are lovely and unique (especially the former). Recommended to intense Björk collectors and some of her newer fans (jumping into her later material).
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 excellent songs October 17, 2001
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I agree with the other reviews about Hidden Place Pt.2. The acapella "Hidden Place" is as great to listen to as the Vespertine version, and really lets you hear the vocals of Bjork & choir. The other 2 songs are as good as anything on Vespertine. If you are a Vespertine fan, you should try to hear this. Much better than Pt.1.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall nice single. December 31, 2007
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2001's Vespertine (originally to be titled Domestika) was a huge critical success that could've been found on the top of almost any magazine's list of top albums for the year. The album, Björk's fourth solo effort, remains the favorite among the majority of her fans to this day. (I, for one, choose Homogenic. But that's just me). The hype was for good reason, too. The introverted work was innovative, intimate, and simply intoxicating with its complex--but somehow, compact--arrangements. The project offered a side of the quirky singer that none had seen before: a soft and sensual one. "Hidden Place" was chosen as the first single of the set, and rightfully so. The original, laced with shuffling cards, masterfully written lyrics, whispery vocals, and an Inuit choir showed what the album was all about. And the captivating--albeit, odd-- video added to the greatness.

The first track of this single, the second one of the set, is the acapella of "Hidden Place." (That's only vocals sans the background production and music, just in case you didn't know.) Most acapella tracks are quite boring and useless to me, but this specific one proves to be different, since the whole concept of its album was to be "inside" and quiet. The choir can be heard even better here, which I enjoyed. (I didn't even realize there were men singing in the background until I heard this). Overall, it proves to be an haunting, intersting, and stripped down listen to the song.

"Mother Heroic," the following track, is a B-side, which the Vespertine era had plenty of. (Unfortunately, the later Medulla and Volta eras have proved to not be as fruitful). This track would've fit perfectly as an interlude on the disc. With celeste from Guy Sigsworth, this track is very mellow and sweet.
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