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Vespertine

Björk

2001

Vespertine

Album Summary

Vespertine is the fourth studio album by Icelandic recording artist Björk. It was released on 27 August 2001 in the United Kingdom by One Little Indian Records and in the United States by Elektra Entertainment. Production on the album began during the filming of Dancer in the Dark, which was characterized by conflict between her and director Lars von Trier. With Vespertine, Björk aspired to create an album with an intimate and domestic feeling, deviating from the brash sonority of her previous studio album Homogenic (1997). The musical style of the album reflected Björk's newly found interest in the minimal and intricate electronic music of producers such as Opiate, Console and the duo Matmos, who were all enlisted for the album. With the rising popularity of Napster and music downloads, she also composed arrangements with thin, "icy" sounding instruments whose quality would not be compromised when downloaded and played on a computer, including the harp, the celesta, clavichord, strings and custom music boxes. Assisted by Matmos, Björk created "microbeats" from various commonplace sounds, such as that of shuffling cards and ice being cracked. Lyrically, the album revolves around sex and love—sometimes explicitly—inspired by her at the time new relationship with Matthew Barney; other lyrical sources include the poetry of E. E. Cummings and British playwright Sarah Kane's Crave. Vespertine peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 and at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart. It was widely acclaimed by critics, with praise centred on its erotic, intimate mood and sonic experimentation. The album appeared on several publications' lists of the best albums of 2001 and of the decade, and has often been considered Björk's best album to date. It was certified gold in Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. Three singles were released from Vespertine: "Hidden Place", "Pagan Poetry", and "Cocoon". In 2001, she enlisted Zeena Parkins, Matmos, and a choir of Inuit women to embark on the Vespertine World Tour, which took place at theatres and small venues, in favor of acoustics over audience numbers. Björk, a self-titled coffee table book containing photographs of the artist throughout her career, was released simultaneously with the album.

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Rating

3.18

Votes

5379

Genres

  • Pop
  • Electronica
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Mon Nov 23 2020
2

I am not a fan of Björk. Like... REALLY not a fan. She tries too hard to be weird for the sake of being weird and the music suffers for it. This lo-fi, chamber-chill, trip-track album is rough enough without Bjork's whispery, wavery, warbling vocals. She goes out of her way to avoid anything resembling a song structure or an actual melody, instead choosing to wander around aimlessly like a wino on a three-day bender. This album is utterly pointless. I fail to understand how it has garnered so many awards and accolades. I can only assume it's some sort of Emporor's Clothes situation where the pseudo-intellectual music critic crowd wants to appear smart so they gush about the beauty of something that nobody actually sees just because it's Bjork so they're supposed to like it.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Bjork crafts these wonderful pieces of music with so much purpose, you can hear it in her production. I'd like to think she is primarily a vocal artist, with her voice at the forefront. This makes the music all the more purposeful, being built around the central driving force of Bjork's singing (which is wonderful, by the way). As such, there's a lot of beauty here in this album, with some of the compositions reminding me of one of my favorite albums of all time (Actor by St. Vincent). It's a wonderful body of work, I don't think I can find anything bad to say about it. Well done, Bjork.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

I should start by saying that I admire Bjork much more than I enjoy her music. She typically has more ideas in one album than most artists have in their entire careers. She is painstaking in her professionalism and attention to detail. There is nothing lazy or half-hearted about her music. She is perhaps the most committed artist I know of and utterly fearless. And she draws inspiration from a bewildering array of sources. Given how strange her music is, I'm both shocked and grateful that she's had such a long and successful career. She's made room for tons of artists who aren't nearly as daring as she. So why don't I like her better? Probably because her eclecticism and general weirdness overwhelms my poor aged brain. Which is why Verspertine is such a surprise. Not that the album lacks ideas, but they're all pressed into the service of a singular and coherent vision. Listening to Vespertine is like listening to a teenager sing her diary in her attic bedroom at three in the morning, the needle on a record player repeatedly glitching at the end of an album, rain pattering on the window. Bjork's voice rarely rises above a whisper, but she sings with naked emotional intensity. She uses pre-recorded sounds heavily, the way Portishead did on Dummy, but Bjork takes it much further, recording antique music boxes, doors closing, and other found sounds, in addition to musical loops. In addition to the music/found sound loops, Bjork also employs percussive instruments like harpsichord and xylophone, and a full orchestra. It's a unique mix, extremely detailed like all of her work, and a lot to absorb in one sitting. More than any other album I've listened to recently, the music of Vespertine seems designed to support Bjork's vocal performance and lyrics, rather than be an end in itself. So, to really do justice to Vespertine in an review, I would really have to grapple with her lyrics and evaluate how well the musical accompaniment enriches them. That's too much work for me, but I can give my impression, which is that Vespertine is a very accomplished piece of work. Confessional and intimate, atmospheric ballads aren't really my thing, but Vespertine is pretty darned good.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
2

I can appreciate the thought and care that went into this and the production is pretty good, but got to be honest I just can't get into her voice and her weird infantile fairy thing.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

This is a surprising one for me. I knew of her most popular songs, but never checked out a whole record. This was enchanting and made me want to become a fairy in the forest. Which is impressive considering I was actually suffering in rush hour traffic and sweating like a pig.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Original, emotional, introspective, magical. Recommended season: Autumn

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Hi- Hidden Place, Pagan Poetry, Aurora, Unison Weaving the hollow and empty with grandiose and dramatic, synthetic with natural, the devious with the naive, listening to Björk is like watching a crystal-clear video stream glitching out on a flaky connection; It's poetic, flowing, and jarring. This kind of evolution of Björk's tapestry of duality is interspersed throughout Vespertine, bizarre, beautiful and disastrous. Hidden Place is an other-worldly (a term all too often associated with Björk's work) track that sets the tone for the 50 minute journey that follows, with Björk's signature struggled breathy crooning (Pagan Poetry) vs her wild belting of notes that echo off the back walls of time (Aurora), it's endearing as much as it is unsettling. Unison is both claustrophobic and expansive, just more opposites that get played off of each other which are part-and-parcel for a vacation through the strange world of Björk, a world that simply couldn't be anyone else's.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Bjork's unique diction and style of singing sound vaguely like how I'd imagine Lorde would sing if she were Werner Herzog's daughter. The instrumentals and production on this album were most likely a significant early influence on the low-fi alternative genre. Overall a surprisingly enjoyable and original album for anyone who doesn't mind Bjork's unconventional singing style.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
4

Bjork's voice is something else. Between the timbre, meandering around the scale, qne formless lyrics, it's confusing and gripping at the same time. Production wise, it's quite modern and would fit well with today's pop trends. The metallic synths are very much 21st century dream pop while the sparse de-emphasized rhythms are still distinctively 90s. Weirdly, I would definitely give this a re-listen.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Its very much like sound as texture. like ASMR. Its cool but I am not quite sure what it makes me feel. I feel sort of lost in these sounds, can't quite predict how the songs will go. Its Not Up To You is a good track. Pagan Poetry is intense. Good album to have on in the winter. Yea this album is a lot about getting busy, and the songs themselves individually don't have the same impact as the whole thing in its totality.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

I love the uniqueness of her voice, the production values and the quirkiness of her music. On the flip side, it was rather maudlin overall, which was a barrier to engaging with it more. "Heirloom" gets a shout out for featuring some kind of Casio keyboard percussion track but making it work

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

I love Bjork. So strange and unique, yet still catchy and listenable. This album is no exception. 4 stars.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

This was my introduction to Björk, and at the time I had never heard anything quite like it. I remember being struck by how the music could be so soft and subtle but incredibly lush and layered

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Hard to describe what this album is about but I feel it. Takes some warming up but eventually you realize you are in her world and her emotions come through leaving me feeling it all without fully understand it. I step out of this album as if I just left a theater. I experienced a piece of art that I want to go back to and experience once more. There’s more there and I’m excited to go back in.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Cold, haunting, but all around beautiful. The often spaced out soundscapes match perfectly with bjork's incredible voice. Although admittedly a little too long for my willingness to stick with this sound, I can see why many consider this one of her finest works. Favorites: Cocoon, It's Not Up To You, Aurora

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Not my usual thing but I respect what Bjork is doing. I overlooked her music in the 90's because the media focused on her portrayal as a kooky manic pixie dream girl and I assumed that her vocals were heavy on screeching and yowling. I was pleasantly surprised to listen to this album that was crafted with layers of texture, and now I think that (as with most female artists from the 90's) Bjork was overlooked in favour of her male peers.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

I'm torn on how to rate this. 100% absolutely beautiful and unique music. But, I'll probably never listen to it again.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Vespertine is unconventionally and hauntingly creative, with moments of beauty for me. However, overall, it's not something I would listen to again. I respect Bjork's work, but don't gravitate to her art.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Bjork at her most Bjorkish. Wears a bit thin in places, no real standout tracks, and it was about this time that Goldfrapp took it to a more interesting place.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

Day 30 of Albums You Must Hear... Vesterpine is the fourth studio album from Icelandic singer Björk, an artist that has been creating since age 11. Vesterpine is part art pop, part trip hop and part electronica. Björk’s voice is very similar to Portishead’s singer Beth Gibbons. The sound of the vocals has a quiet and comforting ambience to it. The production is very good and it definitely had that trip hop quality to it, sonically. While the majority of Vesterpine is a tad too emo for my personal taste, I can see why some fans call it her best album to date. The songs that I liked were Hidden Place, It’s Not Up To You and Heirloom. Lastly, Björk got a lot of attention for the swan dress that she wore to the 2001 Oscars, she is also wearing that dress on the cover of Vesterpine. Anyhow, next album please!! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

This album remind me a lot of the Joni Mitchell album where the background music isn't really doing anything but she's saying something it's just I'm not there to really understand it and it's not my forte

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

I try not to say "artsy" music like this is bad, because I feel like I just don't get it, and that's my fault. But man, this is kinda bad. I guess I can appreciate the alien sound. It almost seems like something the belters from The Expanse series would listen to - just totally foreign to my ears. Anyway, I probably won't be returning to the album.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

The music has a very alien and other-worldy quality, which I found very interesting.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
5

Amazing Album

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Tue Nov 17 2020
5

Não é dos mais acessíveis da Bjork, mas a produção e muito complexa e feita com elementos da casa dela. Feito no período do "Dancer in the Dark". Assistir também o show incrível na Royal Opera House

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Fri Dec 25 2020
5

10/10 Björks best and one of the best albums I’ve ever heard overall

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

I liked this a lot more than the 93 album

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Hasta me da miedo no ponerle 5

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Never listen to this before but it was a perfect vibe for today.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Has to be in my top ten. Made me go from a Bjork fan to an obsessive fan boy. I still get the chills listening even years later. Flawless and an essential listen

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Melodic genius. Never afraid to take chances with rhythm and cadence. A true joy.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Really inspiring and creative

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Very soothing. love the textures and her vocals. will be exploring more of her ouvre

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

complex layers and super production

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Sat Jan 02 2021
5

Never listened to Björk before and had no idea what to expect, but I absolutely loved it. I found her voice tantalizing and the music both relaxing and stimulating. I will absolutely listen to this and other Björk albums again. Actually, I'm going to listen to another Björk album right now.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

one of the best albums. bjork is a legend and bright. beautiful voice. this album is the peak of her career.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Awesome

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Really enjoyed this album

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

An album of total beauty. Sensuous, delicate, powerful. Love Bjork's voice, the song writing, the gossamer details in the music. Would give this a 6* if possible. <3

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

Великолепно! Мой любимый альбом Бйорк!

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

ну просто замечательное, красивейшее музло, с прекрасным голосом

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Bjork is fantastic. Fantastic is Bjork. Such a recognisable sound.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

I fucking love Bjork. Such interesting and moving music. Even the songs I'm not so into I respect cos its just such great music. Not on this album but Unravel is one of the best songs of all time

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

Björk’s masterpiece. A stunning, sensual, beautiful record, delicate and stirring. Minimalist beats gently pulse, celestial chorus soar and Björk’s incredible vocals hold all together. It’s hard to think of a more imaginative artist working today, exploring her own passions, never following the fashion. But here she is, wowing the listener with an extraordinary album quite unlike any other.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

A masterpiece

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Deep and intimate. By turns breathy and dreamy then suddenly out-front and powerful, you hang on every note for an irresistable listen.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Perfect

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Bjork being Bjork.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

so this was class.... ive tried to get into bjork before but i could never really get past venus as a boy, so i was a bit hesitant about this album but about halfway through i was like oh this is amazing i want to listen to this over and over again preferably while on various substances.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

It amazes me how she creates this mystical world where she reigns supreme.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Wow

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Does Björk have like the best discography ever? I'm not even sure this is her best.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Emotional

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Björk is so weird. I love her.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Gostei muito de ouvir, músicas cheias de camadas. Adorei as melodias.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

Valeur sentimentale pour moi cet album Un de mes préféré de Bjork. Album de tempête de neige. Les textures et les sons de cet album sont sublime. Intime et immense à la fois

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Top tier Bjork album for me, along with Debut and Homogenic.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Had not fully invested in this album at the time: it was always Homogenic and then Post. But last year Debut turned out to be much better than I remembered. And this year the same is even more true for Vespertine, the 2nd 1001 album from Bjork on the list for me.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Fellow Icelander

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Okei mitä helvettiä ja mitä kummaa, miks oon skipannut just tän Björkin levyn aiemmin. Osuu nimittäin todella herkkään paikkaan tämmöselle 00-luvun alun olohuoneteknon ystävälle. Plus siihen päälle, että Björk vaan osaa tehdä maagista musaa. Alkupuoli on jo tosi kova, mutta erityisesti yllätti, miten loppupuolella esim. Aurora, Heirloom ja Unison pystyy vielä viemään hommaa eteenpäin. Sanoisin 4.5/5 mut pyöristetään nyt ylöspäin, ku niin kiva yllätys.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Superhieno! 5/5

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

My goodness, Bjork is an absolutely fascinating artist in every way. I really hadn't actively listened to much of her work before this project, and I'm glad it's introduced me to a few of her albums. This album might be my favorite of hers thus far. Her sense of melody and harmony, her writing and composition, and her personal style of vocal delivery all add up to such an intriguing layering and texturing of music. I don't even like hearing such synth-heavy music on a regular basis, but she makes it work so well. By the end of the album, things felt a little jarred to me but I think that's due to her use of unusual rhythms, especially in her melodic delivery.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

4.5

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Ovo mi je naprosto jedan od najdražih albuma i nevjerojatno koliko dobro zvućči dvadesetak godina kasnije.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

In most of her work, Bjork's voice takes center stage. Which makes sense, considering that her voice is the Icelandic version of a cowboy swagger. On this album, the mixing takes center stage, with perfectly placed notes of piano doing enough to offset the darker beats. I'd love to be in that mixing room. I'd also love to hear all of the parts separately. My guess is that each would be interesting on its own, but together create something greater than the sum.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Ett av de bästa albumen någonsin. Det är synd att vi inte fick det medan det ännu var snöigt, skivans ljud är på något sätt kallt samtidigt som det är det varmaste, mest intima man någonsin hört. Jag älskar trumljuden, de låter helt härliga, jag älskar melodierna, jag älskar refrängerna, jag älskar hur uppriktigt, intimt och känslosamt Björk sjunger om det hon känner. Vespertine känns inte heller någonsin cyniskt, vilket är helt fräscht.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

My favorite Björk album. From the intimate ”Cocoon” to the sprawling ”Pagan Poetry”, the album combines orchestral strings, choir song, assorted twinkling instruments, electonic production and Björk’s umistakable voice into a cohesive, enveloping and deeply personal expression. The ticking and shuffling electronic percussion used also appeals to me personally.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Amazing never listened to bjork before

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Thu May 19 2022
5

listened to while high, i was floating through space and time letting the stars guide my way

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Oh fuck yeah, this is one of my favorite albums Really captures that surreal, dreamy experience Incredible album - 10/10

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Wed May 25 2022
5

I've already heard it, love it <3

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Fri May 27 2022
5

I've only ever heard of Bjork because of her - shall we say - out-there dress at the Oscars in 2001. So it almost comes as no surprise that she is donning that exact dress on the cover of Vespertine. This album was an overall nice surprise, as what little press I'd heard of Bjork was all about the swan dress, and how strange it was. Of which I then formed a pre-conceived notion of what her music sounded like, and that it wouldn't be something I would enjoy. The ethereal like quality to her music, draws you in with her understated beats and unique voice, of which I would liken to someone like Norwegian artist Aurora, paired with the sensuality of FKA Twigs. Best: Aurora Worst: Heirloom

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Not my favorite Bjork, but the album I’d play for anyone who wanted to understand Bjork (if that’s possible). Varied, ambitious and overflowing with ideas and strategies.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Superb album. Unique and wonderful.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Love this album. Instant 5 stars.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

There is truly no one like Björk

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

This is my favorite Bjork album.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Ethereal and otherworldly, of course, because it's Bjork. I have a strange fascination with her and her works. They poke at a part of me I didn't know was there and they make me feel exuberant. 'Debut' is the standard she set, and she set it high. I've listened to some of her other albums before, not this one, and felt like they didn't completely live up to the expectations of her first. However, 'Vespertine' felt like a return to exceptional form. There's a purpose to each of the songs, and you can feel the emotion and time put into each of them. Some people might just dismiss the songs because of how she manipulates her voice, but that doesn't give Bjork enough credit. Inventive, strange, and exceptional, I loved this album.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

https://youtu.be/p3iDtps7dL8

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

While it initially appears less aurally confrontational than her other work, the layering on this thing is just incredible. A real grower, and still sounds fresh.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

I love this 4 Like one long, dreamy thought of sorts. 5 And still enjoyable. Oh what a pleasure.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Belleza y poesía.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Amazing!

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Beautiful

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Beautiful, weird album

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Bjork and this album are both magical.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Nakon što mi je Homogenic, njen album iz '97 dugo vremena bio najdraži, ovaj album je to potukao jednom zimom prije 3-4 godine. Jednostavno na zimu ove instrumentale slušati na ovakav glas, podsjeti te na neki kristalni zvuk, na led, na magiju neku ledenu? Kakav Frozen, samo Vespertine! P.S. Do yourself a favor i ako ti ne bude pasalo sada, poslušaj kad zazimi, tokom dana onak. pogotovo Frosti. mhm.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Wau.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Björk!

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

izza friggin mastahpeez

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

I found this one difficult to get into on first release - I'd loved Homogenic and this was an abrupt turn. Over time I've grown to love it and all its quiet intricacies. It's one to be actively listened to (not background music) and when I'm in the right mood it's magnificent. Hovering between 4 and 5 stars... and I'm in the right mood for it today.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Beautiful and sublime. Epic

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

good

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

A masterpiece I’ve long relished from start to finish!

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

damn this bitch horny

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

Just a few days ago I was saying I need to dive deeper into Björk's discography and lo and behold I get another album from her. I understand why people don't like Björk. I totally get it, but for me it just works completely. This is such great music. I'm sad I didn't dive deeper into her work earlier.

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Mon Nov 23 2020
4

She's a genius.

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Sun Jan 03 2021
4

Have not listened to this before, quite like it. Sprechgesang, but with nice melody.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Fucking amazing, this artist knows full well what she wants and does it wonderfully

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Mysterious sound! I like it. Will definitely listen to her other albums.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Made me think of the calmer Chris Christodoulou songs, but with added intresting vocals.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Weird but good stuff. More like 4.5, will definitely listen to this again

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Much less “weird” than I previously thought. Reminiscent of Massive Attack and lo-fi. For the first time I feel like I “get” and like Bjork.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

1. Opening track is great. Her vocals sound so enticing and then break into a childlike taunt. 2. Second track is sooo breathy. Combined with that drum machine with the suppression it's super haunting 3.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

freaky. really cool, enjoyed uqite a bit

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

This sounds like it could have come out last week. Bjork was truly revolutionary. Fun listen.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

That audio mix... Very unique... I must deep dive into that music.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Hay muchas opiniones encontradas con éste Álbum al parecer... Definitivamente estoy del lado de los que piensan que es un pinche discazo.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

This album is pretty sick. Ethereal, unique, and much more than a unique voice with an accent you can't quite place.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Pure magic. Such a treat. Mesmerizing.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Powerful and ethereal, but better in small doses. Not so much for playing in the background while working lol

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Tripppppy!

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

At first I hated this... but as the Bjork set in I kind of started to like it. It's like being in a kind of depressing ice palace. I can't imagine singling out a song (besides Frosti which I love) but I found myself nodding along and getting into it in the second half.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Clearly one of auroras influences, and I completely get down with it. Industrial dream pop is most certainly it

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Yuhu

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I liked it.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Absolute weirdo

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Loved it

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

This album had a very interesting sound. Lo-fi mixed with epic orchestral. Lyrics were ok.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Very nice, weird Bjork music album.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Loved it's Not Up to You and Pagan Poetry

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Its what you expect from a Bjork Álbum, ambient, uniform and great

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Fri May 21 2021
4

byorck

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Absolutely Fantastic

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Mon May 17 2021
4

I really love Bjork, and her song It's not up to you actually hit me in an emotional way that I needed.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

De moeite waard om naar te luisteren. Zeker voor 2001 klinkt dit heel modern

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Enjoy Bjork, maybe wouldn't listen regularly but every time I do I enjoy. 3.8

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Good bjork album as usual

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Beautiful album

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

She is goddess

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

More subdued than most of her work in a way that complements it well. I tend to overlook this album compared to her more bombastic ones but I'm really appreciating her work crafting the beats and melodies here.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

As I am listing now I am remembering why this album doesn't rank higher for me. Musically - it's a brilliant & extremely complex album - that is apparent. It definitely isn't as easy to just put on and enjoy as Debut or Post. I think it's clear that she was in a certain headspace after doing *Dancer in the Dark* and Vespertine stays a bit more somber and subdued and doesn't reach the more manic highs of the previous 3 releases - and that's what I always loved most about Bjork.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Time has mellowed me, I suppose; I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I don’t think it’ll be a regular repeat listen for me, but it’s pretty good

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Perfect

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Not as to my taste as yhe albums that came before, but still i love her sound

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Need to listen to more bjork. Reminds me a lot of radiohead

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

I like a bit of Björk, but wasn't really familiar with this album. I'm also a fan of that early oughties faux-vinyl-crackle glitchy electronica, so this was right up my street! Fave track - "Hidden Place", maybe - loved the harp on "Pagan Poetry" too....

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Very good, and an extra star just for being Björk. Hidden place, cocoon, and unity were my favourites

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I enjoy this album and it's so soothing to listen to. Her other albums are even better, though.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

i really loved just relaxing and letting this wash over me and i think it might be 5 stars if i listened to it a few more times! ive never listened to a bjork album before but now im definitely intrigued

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Strong interesting start. This coming off Homogenic is interesting, it feels like it could have been released in the last year. Love that instrumental oddness going on. First track has it all, orchestral Björk, weird beat Björk, instrumental oddities swirling around Björk, etc etc. Second track has some nice little poppy-sounding-beats along with interesting acoustic touches, lyrically it's interestingly explicit but pure in its intention. Oh man the Bass contrasting with the music boxes on Pagan Poetry is so fucking good, the push-pull of heavy/raw/powerful instruments with delicate twinkling of other touches+vocals is very powerful and what makes me really like Björk. This is definitely a winter album. Interesting Wiki tidbit: "With the rising popularity of Napster and music downloads, she decided to use instruments whose sounds would not be compromised when downloaded and played on a computer, including the harp, the celesta, clavichord, strings, and custom music boxes. Assisted by the duo Matmos, Björk created "microbeats" from various household sounds, such as that of shuffling cards and ice being cracked." Honestly there is a lot of interesting found-sound tidbits in the Wiki article that for a nerd like me make me happy. Sounds like the laptop was the studio for most of it, and apparently Björk does not get the credit for her work on it. Bummer. I'd say maybe a 4.5 or 5 but I will go with a 4.5 since not every track was unique enough to grab me compared to some others.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Starting with "Hidden Place" it seems to pick up where her previous album, "Homogenic," left off, but then "Cocoon" takes the album in a more intimate direction. Definitely lends itself to headphones. Really like the textured beats, especially as they mesh with the string and vocal arrangements.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Well, this album is all about sex, baybee. It lacks the variety of earlier albums but maybe it's better for that.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Got into it after a few tracks. Not bad

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Björk is always weird. This is her being weird and in love. Fillerish songs make way for the epic repose of the scattered three or four single worthy exceptions. Still. It’s an interesting and musically dense piece of art pop.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Toujours inventif et différent. J’aime sa recherche ne nouvelles façon de concevoir de la musique. Par contre, c’est pas son meilleur (je préfère post), un peu linéaire, quelques tounes qui vieillissent mal (Frosti par exemple).

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Un somptueux album de la part du second artiste islandais de ma journée. En effet, vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que je suis en possession de plusieurs générateurs pirates, et aujourd'hui mon générateur pop m'a proposé l'excellent groupe KALEO. Une journée donc placée sous le signe du grand froid, que je compte compléter en me jouant quelques chansons du dernier album d'Ed Sheeran, figure de proue de la rayon surgelé pop.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Enjoyed listening but it was exhausting, very Jazzy and lacking in structure.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

My only exposure to Bjork before this was her alt-rock band The Sugarcubes, "Birthday" is one of my favorite songs. And I'm happy to hear her vocal style in still here 13 years later. Dramatic and beautiful, before in the Sugarcubes it gave off a wistful and mysterious vibe, but here we have something much more stunning, carefully arranged with intricate electronics that serve to construct an ambiance for the audience and support Bjork's vocal style and lyrical subject matter. I can tell how inaccessible this could be for most listeners. I mean, the second track "Cocoon" is characterized by moments of silence, light ambiance effects, and a mostly static whisper that rarely breaches its boundaries. This is an aesthetic that contrasts with most pop music out there. For many people, this abstract aesthetic combined with the cryptic lyrics could come off as pretentious. However, her one-line lyrics project brief images that build the subject matter, allowing the audience plenty of time to focus on everything going on, from Bjork's storytelling to her emotions to the production's environment. Major issue is that the second half is significantly weaker than the first. Not bad by any means, but they don't blow me away until the closer "Unison." There are many things I love about those tracks though. "Frosti" leading into "Aurora" sparks images of mythical ice kingdoms. "An Echo a Stain" is a fest of industrial anxiety. "Sun in My Mouth" has some of her prettiest singing. "Heirloom" is straight up trip hop, probably the most accessible, even her vocals are more traditional here. I have nothing notable to say about "Harm of Will," just another decent track, but at this point I'm tuning out until "Unison" snaps me back into a dramatic operatic finish. Favorites: It's Not Up To You, Pagan Poetry, Unison

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

No words can describe how beautiful this album is. Flawlessly written, produced, orchestrated, and mastered album. There's tremendous songwriting over the entire album. And it's sounds so minimal while atmosphere is so magical and ethereal. Multi-tracked harmonies elevate that atmosphere splendidly. Most favourite tracks from the album: Cocoon  It's Not Up to You  Undo  Aurora  Sun in My Mouth    Unison  9/10

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Loved this. Some of her best vocal performances, beautiful production.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Vaikka onkin siisti levy ja fiilan erityisesti perkkoja ja rytmejä, en voi sanoa vieläkään että olisin päässy sisään Björkiin. Ehkä sit kokemuksen karttuessa menee mut toistaiseksi vielä \"ainoastaan\" 4/5.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

i like this bjork

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

ja det är ju ett av de bästa albumen som hon gjort

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Lyssnade på det åter idag fö ja så att alla gav det en femma….. förlåt mig … men det blir trots det en fyra…..

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Layered, complex, unique, difficult at times, I can see repeated listens bearing multiple, complex tasting fruits. The opposite of background music this album demands attention. We will see if the rewards are worth the effort of this listener. To be continued. 3.75 🌟

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Takie dziwne, oniryczne, tripowe, nie znałem zbytnio artystki, ale chętnie posłucham jeszcze więcej. Z jednej strony chillowe, ale z drugiej czasem angażujące - dziwne połączenie. Solidne 4

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Fri May 13 2022
4

With “Vespertine”, Bjork pulled a “Kid A” after scoring an “OK Computer” with 1997’s “Homogenic”. Like “Kid A”, “Vespertine” marks a sharp left field turn to something a little more abstract and introspective. It’s also denser, more complex and perhaps more rewarding than its predecessor. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it at first, but the first thing to know about “Vespertine” is that it’s a treasure trove of arrangements and production, so intricately woven together. Knowing Bjork recorded “microbeats” with a series of household objects (crushing ice! Shuffling cards!) and then used music program Sibelius to write up all the string, harp and music box parts puts it even further up my street. Right from the get go with “Hidden Place”, “Vespertine” is elegant and rich. The combination of beats, Bjork’s acrobatic vocals and especially the lush choir and strings makes for a gorgeous sound. “Cocoon” is also beautiful, and almost uncomfortably intimate: “when I wake up, gorgeousness- he’s still inside me”, followed up by some veeery heavy breathing. Of the remaining tracks, the most breathtaking are “Pagan Poetry” and closer “Unison”. The brief instrumental “Frosti” deserves a mention, and the only discernible traces of the earlier, danceable Bjork are “It’s Not Up To You” and “Heirloom”. The rest is still working its charm on me, slowly but surely… but at the very least, it’s intriguing. I have enough confidence in Bjork’s genius to know this is at least a four star and will only improve with time.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Dromerig maar intieme muziek om even mee te zweven in een speciale sfeer

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Tue May 31 2022
4

10/10

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Bjorkey

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

The turning point between Bjork's earlier 'fun' material and becoming more experimental. This is very good and requires multiple listens to unlock all aspects of the songs.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

bjrötica, not bjömbast

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Twee might in the twilight.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Enjoyed this! 4.1⭐

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

It's something I have to be in the mood for but it is beautiful music.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I've had a fascination with Bjork ever since she showed up on Space Ghost Coast to Coast. This is a lovely album full of haunting melodies and complexly layered compositions. I want to marry Bjork and live in her weird Icelandic castle and wear bizarre clothing with her.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Me encantó. De Björk sólo conozco Debut y Post, pero nada de lo que ha hecho más tarde me ha cautivado. Supongo que este era el momento de escuchar Vespertine. Es un disco que fluye, pero que me ha dejado al menos dos canciones que quiero volver a oír repetidamente.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

This was better than I expected, I'm pleasantly surprised that I could enjoy this album as much as I did. Going into this I already liked the song hyperballad from her other stuff but that was the extent of my bjork knowledge. It felt very magical and fairylike and very unique.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

A bit background-y, which makes it easy to drift out while writing reports but good stuff. A few years ago my sister gave us Xmas presents of a gift vouchers for some VR place in East London and we did the Vulnicura VR thing and it was mental. I couldn't stop laughing at how good Stonemilker, the first track was, with Bjork singing right in my face on a deserted beach on Iceland. https://hypebeast.com/2015/6/bjork-unveils-virtual-reality-video-for-stonemilker

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

It's easy to make the mistake of over-attributing Vespertine to Matmos. From the sound of it, Björk built most of the edifice, and it shows. The most danceable bits are insanely abstract, and they fade in and out to the other instruments. Vespertine sends the listener on a journey. Something about the eccentricity of Debut simply can't be matched, but this is fine, fine, fine as well.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Honestly, Björk can do no wrong imo. This is hauntingly beautiful.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

At times beautiful, unique, haunting, and weird. I really enjoyed it. Lots of thought and care were put into these tracks, and I think in it Bjork shows that she is an evocative singer with a provocative persona that unfortunately at times takes attention away from her music. There's so much going on behind her voice (which herself is an attention-grabber) that I think it warrants multiple listens and I'm excited to add some of these tracks to some of my more-listened-to playlists.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Fascinating stuff though I connect with a lot of these songs on a cerebral level rather than emotionally. But this is only my first time listening and this is so the kind of album that you need to hear a bunch of times before you fully “get it.” The strings on “It’s Not Up to You” add a layer of whimsy that I associate with some of Björk’s music. It’s like she spiked the song with an old movie score. “Undo” is one I can groove to. There’s a skittering, glitchy beat that you can dance to (living room dancing, not club dancing). Ooh her vocals on “Pagan Poetry” get pretty raw. I think it’s awesome that she gives herself the space to explore on these songs. There must have been a lot of interesting vocal takes to choose from for any of these tracks. Her performances feel very immediate and of the moment. Makes me want to watch some live videos of her. Incredible that Björk is the lead producer on most of these songs. They’re really complex and filled with interesting details. (The warped bass sound on “An Echo a Stain” is what made me check the producer credits - it’s a great effect.) And to think all these reactions are just to the music. I didn’t pay much attention to the lyrics on this first listen but given the emotional intensity of her vocals, it’s clear that the subject matter is worth paying attention to as well. Highlights: “Hidden Place,” “It’s Not Up to You,” “Undo,” “Unison” (a playful but also epic closer!)

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Solid album quite enjoyed it from start to finish

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Not my favourite Bjork album, but her stuff is always enjoyable and fascinating. 4/5

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Unfassbare Stimme und dichte Atmosphäre. Teilweise sehr experimenteller Sound. Gerne mehr davon!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

4.5

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I've been meaning to get into Björk and even had this album saved already so great excuse to start. She's got a new record coming out soon, too! UPDATE: This was a beautiful album. Very subtle and finely textured. The closing track was especially gorgeous. I'm curious to go back and listen to her work leading up to this and would be interested in a louder, bolder version of her sound.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

She's a lot more musical than SNL celebrity jeopardy would have me believe 4

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Interesting

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Really good. The vocals are great, and it's very pleasant to listen to. But I'm missing a little edge here and there. Maybe I need to listen a few more times to really appreciate this.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Really intriguing and interesting sonically, and Bjork's strange ebb and flow cadence always fascinates me. I appreciate the sparse-ness of the album, not overloading the senses. Bjork always does something intentionally different which I've always liked. I need to get me one of them goose dresses. Heirloom was a standout track for me. Kinda difficult to give a rating to a Bjork album first listen.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

I fell in love with Björk in the late 80's and bought her first three solo albums after the Sugarcubes disbanded, but never really listened to anything after that. I really like this album and Love her voice. Can't wait for more Björk, I'm sure it's coming!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Really liked it. Calm syncopated sounds.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Bjork is really on the cutting edge here - this album is unusual, experimental, and understated. I personally prefer the raw emotion of Homogenic but there is no question in my mind that this is an excellent album, deserving of being on this list.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Always like Bjork records when I put them on. I just don’t put them on often.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Really quite lovely. Lots of odd rhythmic experimentation on a John Cage/Aphex Twin kind of vibe. Her voice is more varied than ever. It is a tiny bit muddy at times, but otherwise very lovely.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

Sequencia impressionante para se envolvido pelo triphop.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

Definitely interesting & different. Like it

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Wow! It is without a doubt one of Bjork's finest work. A kind of "gentle Kid A", out-of-this-world electro music accompanied with Bjork's emotional voice and lyrics. Beautiful!

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Really great album, probably what Bjork has best to offer.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

She made good music after that one, but this was her last (and arguably her best) masterpiece. Immensely touching, with a deep, warm and detailed production that makes you go back to it and discover new things after each listen. Vulnicura wishes it was as intimate as this one.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

Along with Medúlla, Björk at her absolute best. The attraction of Vespertine is the unexpected (for the time, and tome some degree even now) synthesis of organic and electronic. There's a warmth to the sound (not talking about the voice here – and, interestingly, I think this album showcases Björk's vocal range more effectively than any of her other albums.) I'm not, and I'll never be, a close parser of lyrics. but there is an edgy contentment that runs through this album. Sort of like, "I don't know how I got here, and I'm not sure that it's going to last, but I'll certainly enjoy the moment." Which is a lovely sentiment (assuming I'm not reading too much into the evidence, as it were.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

"Modern chamber music" is right. Frequently lovely and often engrossing, this is her high watermark.Untroubled by genre expectations and free to do what she wants, Bjork explores the interior frontiers to powerful and moving effect. One finds it quite dramatic and emotionally intense, and admits to liking the record much more now than when it was released. It's perhaps a bit overdetermined (like much of her work), but she pulls it off and the instrumentation (clicky electro microbeats, harps, choirs) and studio soundscapes work better there than elsewhere in her catalogue. “Hidden Place” is good and the “Cocoon” makes one wonder what it would be like to be Matthew Barney for a day. “It’s Not Up to You” and “Pagan Poetry” are the highlights, and “Unison” a very strong end, after a bit of a lull on the previous few cuts. This is an artist creating her own genre so one finds it hard to figure a set of criteria to apply here.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

8/10, pretty cool, I wish I'd had better speakers to listen to it on.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

I like some of her other albums better, but this is still a good listen. It's quite lovely but feels more like a "I need to be in the mood for this" kind of album. Somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

I’ve tried to listen to Björk before. I always thought I’d like her because she is unique. Traditionally I feel like she is just “too weird” for me. But this album was palatable. I would absolutely listen again.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
4

ethereal soft and full of bangers. best tracks: hidden place, pagan poetry, cocoon

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Tue Dec 22 2020
3

Wil eerder 3,5 geven want is wel aangename muziek, evenwel totaal mijn ding niet.

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