Vespertine

~ Release group by Björk

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Vespertine CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICP-9001 4988005276315
Vespertine CD 12 One Little Indian Records TPLP101CD 5016958046026
Vespertine CD 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) CD 626553 075596265324
Vespertine CD 12 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) 62653-2 075596265324
Vespertine DVD-Audio 24 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) 62653-9 075596265393
Vespertine DVD-Audio 12 One Little Indian Records TPLP101 DVD 5016958046200
Vespertine 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 589 000-1 731458900016
Vespertine CD 12 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 589007-2 0731458900122
Vespertine CD 12 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 589000-2 731458900023
Vespertine Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) 12 + 24 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 0602498159071 0602498159071
Vespertine Digital Media 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) 00731458900122
Vespertine 2×DualDisc 12 + 5 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) R2 73326 081227332624
Vespertine SHM-CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-93446 4988005507228
Vespertine (24-bit) Digital Media 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), Rhino (reissue label) [none]
Vespertine 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 One Little Indian Records TPLP101 5016958046019
Vespertine (EU version) Digital Media 12 One Little Indian Records 00731458900023
Promotion
Vespertine (Dazed) 12×CD 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 Björk Overseas Ltd., One Little Indian Ltd. [none] [none]
Bootleg
Vespertine (unknown) 13
Vespertine CD 16 [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases) 237587-647
Vespertine + Bonus CD 19 Halahup Records 589001-2 731458900122
Vespertine CD 12 [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases) 4-BV-01

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Cocoon
Hidden Place
Pagan Poetry
included in: (____surrounded):
live performances: Vespertine Live
part of: Shortlist Music Prize Nominees (number: 2002)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000586936 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/37082 [info]
Wikidata: Q375207 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Björk:Vespertine_(2001) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/bjork/vespertine/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8rgb [info]

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No doubt the press flurries accompanying the release of this record will be full of references to 'bonkers Icelandic pixie Bjork' or the like, but that would be a severe underestimation of what is after all a singular talent. Vespertine is Bjork's most personal record, both in that she's had more to do with the music than ever before, and also that it continues with her apparent desire to write songs as confessionals. Whereas earlier songs like "Human Behaviour" and "Venus as a Boy" were observational, third person affairs, much of her subsequent writing has gravitated towards an intensely intimate self expression. Pretty much everything on Vespertine is written in the first person, to often quietly devastating emotional effect; there are moments that shock in their honesty, and much that would maybe come across as cliche in someone else's hands.

Like her last album, Homogenic, there's nothing much on the record that's immediate (save perhaps "Hidden Place" or "It's Not Up to You", both which have spine-meltingly gorgeous choruses); this is a record that reveals its secrets slowly. It's generally a more stripped down affair than previous records; muted beats like footsteps in the snow, whispers, clicks, and sighs open out occasionally into the widescreen lushness of Post and Homogenic; the songs have a mix of fragility and strength which is totally convincing.

As usual, Bjork has chosen her collaborators with much care; UK electronica whiz Herbert, Californian avant laptop duo Matmos, harpist Zeena Parkins, as well as lifting a bit of e.e. cummings' poetry for "Sun in my Mouth". There are glacial, slow moving strings, glitchy electronics, blurry atmospherics and even the odd choir lurking in the background, but it's Bjork's singing which steals the show, maybe because it fits so perfectly with the arrangements this time rather than sounding superimposed over them.

Though always an expressive instrument, her voice can still shatter the odd wineglass but here her phrasing seems looser, more plastic, sure enough of itself to sound small and broken at times. The effect throughout is unapologetically beautiful, totally immersive and often crushingly moving. It's difficult to pick out highlights from a record that really demands to be listened to in it's entirety, but "Cocoon" and "Undo" stand out (today, anyway). That Bjork ? She's Venus as a Girl...