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Vespertine [Vinyl] [Import]

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  • Vinyl (March 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B00005NSXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Bjork's fourth album is more upbeat than 1997's 'Homogenic' and features a lush, mellow sound. Electronica duo Matmos provide production work and cult movie director Harmony Korine contributes the lyrics to one track. Includes the single 'Hidden Place'.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I've heard in years.... August 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I find it hard to even begin to describe how wonderful this album is, but let me just say that I have never heard anything quite like this, even from Bjork herself. This is not techno, or dance, or big band, or industrial, or anything definable. There are a few hints here and there: Aphex Twin, Radiohead circa Kid A, Brian Eno, but where Radiohead came at the minimalist-techno from a rock-based direction, complete with drums and guitars, Bjork has come to a similar point but from a totally different tradition, that of classical music. The only really helpful benchmarks I can think of are two of her own songs from previous albums: "Possibly Maybe", and "All Is Full of Love", but even those can't begin to express Vespertine. My favourite songs on the album are "It's Not Up to You", possibly the first anthem of the new millenium, "Pagan Poetry", which has a stunning bassline and a chilly, immense power to it, the gorgeous "Aurora", which literally make me break down and cry (which hasn't happened from music for me in years), and "Heirloom", a new kind of pop song, and the closest thing the album has for dance music. This album is the most beautiful thing you will hear all year, and I am tempted to say that it the holy grail of electronic music: the first album to fully merge transcendence and radiance with avant-garde music.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's always been challenging to classify the work of Icelandic super-star BJork, as she's always come up with something that escapes any previously conceived category tags: if you think of her as a techno artist, maybe you're right for a few songs; but then she morphs altogether, and comes back reborn playing songs such as 'It's oh, so quiet' or 'All neon like.' At that point you stop trying to find a tag for her music, and just take it at face value: as one of the greatest samples of music (and even visual) art that can be found these days.
With "Vespertine," her newest album, the former lead voice of The Sugarcubes, Bjork takes her music to a new level. With five very successful, and progressively more experimental -yet more mature- albums under her belt, and an immersion into the acting terrain with her outstanding performance in 2000 as Selma, in Lars Von Trier's film "Dancer In The Dark" (the film for which her own album "Selmasongs" served as soundtrack), she comes back with a production that is far more peaceful, adult and introspective than her any of her past work.
This time the seat of producer has been taken by long-time BJork collaborator (with Keyboards and Programming) Marius DeVries, and a most eclectic selection of artists have been summoned by BJork making of this album a larger-than-life experience: California based electronica duo Matmos, jazz composer/arranger Vince Mendoza (same from 'Dancer In the Dark'), and harp virtuosa Zeena Parkins, just to name a few. It's very much like those albums from the seventies, such as the first solo efforts of Peter Gabriel, where the lead artist counted on the talents of several session musicians, but still retained the true essence of the creative genius.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Pleasures August 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What would we do if there weren't people out there like Bjork making the effort to stretch barriers, and set musical goals that reflect who they are and how they've grown as musicians? Well, we'd probably all rot in the stale void that is pop music today. This album is simply beautiful, and beautifully complex. A person is transformed into sound waves. How many people are willing to open themselves up for everyone else to see (everyone else being the entire marketable world)? That is exactly what "Vespertine" does. I'd call it courage, but I'm sure for Bjork, it's just what comes naturally. "Vespertine" is focused on very specific internal ideas (musically and lyrically). As she has said, it's "introverted". It might seem the songs aren't very different from each other considering the similar instrumentation, and consistent theme of love. I think these things are the scenery and setting for the album, and allow for a more in-depth glance inside the individual songs than most albums would allow for. You fall into the songs, get wrapped up in them. There are moments when I listen to this album, and if I'm doing something else while listening, I absolutely have to stop because it's so overwhelming. And while some writers use sparse instrumentation and slow rhythms to create a more sensitive environment, Bjork manages to create simplicity out of complex textures and subtle counterpoint, maintaining interest, and always giving the listener someplace to wander. It is hard to be bored with this album. It's a tight album, it's an effective album. It's just plain great.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Arctic Album September 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
First of all, this is by any means Bjork's finest hour. Nothing, not even the gut-wrenching beauty of 'Selmasongs' can out-mood the grim hymns of 'Vespertine'. To say that this is an essential recording is an understatement. Its an album every human being should possess.
The other reviewers here have waxed eloquent about this CD already. My own musical tastes veer toward eclectic New Age stuff, such as Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard, Susheela Raman, Afro Celt Sound System, and long-gone musicals. My favorite albums of all time are Lisa Gerrard's 'Duality' and Dead Can Dance's 'Aion'. 'Selmasongs' is pretty up there.
Which is why I am surprised that a CD as 'contemporary' as this has lept out at me and taken me by surprise. I always liked Bjork, her first CD in 1977 is positively delightful, and I have respected her right from her Sugarcube days. I've even listened to 'Hyperballad' on a rainy day at the beach with an overcast sky - a pleasure even being on earth should experience sometime or the other.
But 'Vespertine' evoked mood more than anything Bjork has ever done. It is never dull and boring, never monotonous. Its one of those Groove Armada albums that you can't get enough of. At the same time, it has the hypnotic effect of a U. Srinivas or Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan CD, which is why, above all things, 'Vespertine' is mystifying. I doubt people will be able to throughly understand just how deep Bjork is as a songwriter and composer. This woman has been put on earth a good 2000 years before she should have been born. Like the alien saviours of 'A.I', Bjork's hand has finally created possibly one of the most engaging and important CDs of the twentieth century.
In my opinion, 'Vespertine' is a combination of the gloom of an arctic dweller, with the joie de vivre of the young umbrella-seller in 'Les parapluies de Cherbourg'. Its a spinal album, dark and moody, and one that needs to be discovered by all.
Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love avatarmusic
The album traveled far and arrived in mint condition. So happy to finally own this record.

Thanks Andy and the guys at avatarmusic.
Published 16 days ago by raul gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Bjork is yet another artist who gets very little airplay but lots of Grammys. If you know anything about good music buy this album
Published 4 months ago by Matthew R Ishii
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Björk...
Some people might say this album is really boring.. They just don't get it, there's something about her voice, the way she makes her albums, her pure existence, it's inexplicable.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wolfgang Escalante
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
This is one of Bjork's best. Her music really is other-worldly and transports you to places you didn't know your imagination could go. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Bjork is one of my favorite singer. I like very much her work. Dualdisk are difficult to find in Switzerland.
Published 7 months ago by charles cottet
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful!!!
Words can't describe how I feel about this album. I will go on record and say this is my favorite Bjork album!!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by C.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Bjork!
What can I say? She's the most incredible artists ever. Love, love, love Bjork! Pagan Poetry is the most amazing song ever written, in my humble opinion
Published 10 months ago by Richard Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars i gave this away.
this was a real disappointment and my partner refused to listen to the whole thing. did not remind me of her work
Published 13 months ago by bridget bardot
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
its bjork. vespertine is her magnum opus. minimalist and lovely. You can't go wrong with this record, give it time and it will inevitably be a favourite
Published 13 months ago by Michael E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pagan Poetry!!
This is one of my favorite albums ever! I love the song Pagan Poetry, and every time I hear it, I feel very moved.
Published 17 months ago by SpencerO
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