Bjork
Vespertine


5.0
classic

Review

by Dylan S. USER (66 Reviews)
October 21st, 2011 | 21 replies | 4,562 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bjork reaches her magnum opus.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Once in a blue moon an album comes around that is just so grandiose and magnificently executed that you know that the artist behind it must be some sort of mad genius. Or you know its just Bjork.

Already having released a string of excellent albums from the electro-jazz, Debut, the pop epic, Post, and the trip-hop inspired, Homogenic, all three of which showcase Bjork’s famous voice, and her ability to craft music that is so beautiful it touches all the human senses on so many levels. Amongst this trilogy of work (some of the best music of the 90’s) no one knew what direction Bjork would take next during the turn of the century, but a change on the horizon could be felt. This change came at full force with 2001’s Vespertine, a record with so much heart and atmosphere, that it still to this day, stands as her best album yet.

Vespertine’s sound change is best described by Bjork herself where she was quoted in an interview saying, “I was bored of big beats. I'd listened a lot of it…the most mental cut-up *** that you could find. [Vespertine] is more electronic folk music, music for the home. It's corny to make a soundtrack for making a sandwich, but I quite like it. For so long I wanted to whisper. It was a watercolor as opposed to an oil.”

The album is so personal and organic, the listener cannot help but to get absorbed in the lush landscapes. Starting with the gorgeous opening song, “Hidden Place,” with its soft, spiraling electronic noises under Bjork’s fragile voice, to the concluding song, “Unison,” a 7-minute track that expands in its grand sound as it progresses, which essentially brings in all the album’s essence into one final moment of pure bliss.

While the tone of the album is essentially the same through out, each song sounds completely different from the other, partially due to the wonderful lyrics and the organic sounds gathered by Bjork. The album is like a body, constructed of several different parts but all flowing with the same blood. Some of the songs are built upon with recorded sounds like walking through fresh snow and the shuffling of cards, something that adds a completely new dimension to the albums winter setting.

Songs like “Pagan Poetry,” a dark love song with a beautiful break down, and the spacious, “Aurora,” serve as two of the biggest building blocks of the album as the two strongest tracks, though never overshadowing the lesser known tracks like “Sun In My Mouth” and “Heirloom.”

As Bjork’s longest album, she had a lot of room for error, but it never feels cramped and in fact has some of the best flow one could expect on an album, containing absolutely no filler. The interlude track “Frosti,” even sounds so necessary to the body that it just would not be the same with out it. While she took her most experimental approach with this album, tossing her pop image in place of a much more adult form, the results pay off. Vespertine is and will remain her magnum opus even ten years later in the days of Biophilia.



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KILL5
October 21st 2011



429 Comments


best album ever

dylantheairplane
October 21st 2011



2149 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review was a little unnecessary I know but I had been wanting to do this for a long time and with the release of Biophilia I felt it to be an good time.

And I have two reviews on the home page but they were written over 24 hours apart.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2011



48561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

pizzamachine
October 21st 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Once in a blue moon an album comes around that is just so grandiose and magnificently executed that you know that the artist behind it must be some sort of mad genius. Or you know its just Bjork.

SO TRUE! Good review btw.

psykonaut
October 21st 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Already having released a string of excellent albums from the electro-jazz, Debut, the pop epic, Post, and the trip-hop inspired, Homogenic, all three of which showcase Bjork’s famous voice, and her ability to craft music that is so beautiful it touches all the human senses on so many levels.

Starting with the gorgeous opening song, “Hidden Place,” with its soft, spiraling electronic noises under Bjork’s fragile voice, to the concluding song, “Unison,” a 7-minute track that expands in its grand sound as it progresses, which essentially brings in all the album’s essence into one final moment of pure bliss.

some of the sentences in this review are awkward or jumbled, these two in particular. just needs a bit of reworking, good review otherwise m/

Rev
October 21st 2011



9292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to see you back at reviewing

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2011



4196 Comments


I've always preferred Homogenic, but this is a great album

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2011



16126 Comments


If everything on Homogenic was as good as Hunter and Joga, that would be her best album.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2011



14884 Comments


"If everything on Homogenic was as good as Hunter and Joga, that would be her best album."

123 maybe

this is my favorite bjork album easily and among my favorites ever

someguest
October 21st 2011



18902 Comments


agreed this is her best album

Digging: BABYMETAL - Babymetal

KILL5
October 21st 2011



429 Comments


woulda thought you'd like homo best

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2011



48561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2011



4196 Comments


"If everything on Homogenic was as good as Hunter and Joga, that would be her best album."

It's all about the seamless 3-way that is 5 Years, Immature, and Alarm Call. Take away Pluto and Homogenic is perfect.

KILL5
October 21st 2011



429 Comments


pluto rules bitch

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2011



30298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And I have two reviews on the home page but they were written over 24 hours apart.


Don't worry about it. Also, this is her 3rd best album


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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011



7237 Comments


What's the best Bjork album to start with for someone that's never really listened to her?

pizzamachine
October 22nd 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Post"!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2011



17346 Comments


the best

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dylantheairplane
October 22nd 2011



2149 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Start with Post for sure

KILL5
October 22nd 2011



429 Comments


i started with homogenic but post is rule too



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