12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sixteen years before Björk sang of “two music nerds obsessing … sending each other mp3s,” the Icelandic producer created the first love album for the Napster age. She spent three years embroidering the “microbeats” behind Vespertine—flickering, sinewy sound beds comprising samples of domestic life—intending for it to sound good even at pirated bit rates. It was a revelation both human and technical, as Björk welcomed the world into her and her lover’s “hidden place.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sixteen years before Björk sang of “two music nerds obsessing … sending each other mp3s,” the Icelandic producer created the first love album for the Napster age. She spent three years embroidering the “microbeats” behind Vespertine—flickering, sinewy sound beds comprising samples of domestic life—intending for it to sound good even at pirated bit rates. It was a revelation both human and technical, as Björk welcomed the world into her and her lover’s “hidden place.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
337 Ratings
337 Ratings
BEASTIEnugg ,

heaven

if heaven could speak it would sound like vespertine
vespertine breaths down from the clouds
perfection

PumpkinKing ,

Bjork's Swan Song

After the swan dress, it was a general decision by most Americans that Iceland bred some crazy creatures, the most of which is the fowl-gowned Bjork. And as far-out as her actions and evening wear may be, her music is a breath of fresh air. Vespertine, her fourth studio album, is her best to date.

"Hidden Place" will knock you upside the head, "Cocoon" will make you curious, and by "It's Not Up to You", you're hooked. Her vocals seem supernatural and are obviously not from around here, but on her softer-spoken moments ("Undo"), you realize her impeccable taste for mood and effect. And she hits the mark every time on this album.

Bjork is truly one of the great modern musical visionaries, and nothing shows off her talent like Vespertine. A truly great album.

Jose Maria Norton ,

Intimate and Revealing

This is one of Bjork's best albums and it was the only one missing from my collection. It makes perfect sense now, it certainly was the missing piece from Bjork's puzzling music. She was already experimenting with voice, which came full circle in the album Medulla, and she was in a more quiet mood - her album before this was Selmasongs, so what more could come from storm than bonanza? (by storm I mean emotional storm, since the role of Selma caused quite a stir in the artist's psyche).
It's a very quiet and intimate album, "Hidden Place" being one of my favorites. It just astounishes me how can someone be so creative an free herself like this. She doesn't limit herself; she let's go. This is why I believe Bjork is a true artist like few are today. If you are looking to relax, let go and be creative, this is the album for you.

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