One Little Indian Records
Release date
2 Mar 2009
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Hidden Place 5:29 300,769
2 Cocoon 4:28 187,345
3 It's Not Up to You 5:09 174,013
4 Undo 5:39 171,230
5 Pagan Poetry 5:15 338,833
6 Frosti 1:41 178,855
7 Aurora 4:40 172,903
8 An Echo a Stain 4:05 43,725
9 Sun in My Mouth 2:40 147,173
10 Heirloom 5:12 121,072
11 Harm of Will 4:37 146,792
12 Unison 6:48 153,068

About this album

Vespertine, released in August 2001, is an album by the Icelandic singer/songwriter/musician Björk. It sees Björk creating an introverted, quiet world of swirling microbeats and personal lyrics. On the cover she can be seen wearing the swan dress (designed by Marjan Pejoski) that caused a stir at the 2001 Academy Awards.
Björk uses an array of sampled objects to create beats and soundscapes in a number of songs on Vespertine, including shuffling cards on “Cocoon” and “Hidden Place”; snow being walked upon on “Frosti”, and ice being cracked and smashed on “Aurora”.

Vespertine is Björk’s longest album, at 55:33 (apart from compilations).

“Hidden Place”, “Pagan Poetry” and “Cocoon” were released as singles from the album. A rumoured fourth single, “It’s Not Up to You”, never made it to release, presumably because of the birth of Björk’s daughter Isadora.

The lyrics to “An Echo, A Stain” are taken from Sarah Kane’s play Crave.

The lyrics of “Harm of Will” were written by Harmony Korine and are about Will Oldham.

The last track on the album, “Unison,” uses a sample of St Paul’s Cathedral Choir singing a segment of Patrick Gowers’s Viri Galilaei recorded in 1994.

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  • kamiekaymee


    8 Sep 7:21am Reply
  • Nimbie

    definitely her best

    4 Sep 11:19am Reply
  • Frank_War

    13 years <3

    27 Aug 5:24pm Reply
  • betorfs


    4 Aug 3:18am Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    fantastic album

    1 Aug 5:23pm Reply
  • Atomic-Chapel

    Sometimes I cry listening to this album especially with Pagan Poetry, Sun in my Mouth & Cocoon, seriously. [2]

    9 Jul 10:04am Reply
  • Qhalo

    I feel so much love when I listen to this album that it should probably be forbidden.

    8 Jul 4:19pm Reply
  • TomasJohn

    my favorite Bjork album

    19 Jun 5:12pm Reply
  • Azzyk

    First album I've heard from her and she's with me since. I remember I was playing it on repeat so many times ... Her best for sure.

    28 Apr 7:46am Reply
  • mhmtakff

    magnum opus [2]

    23 Apr 2:22pm Reply
  • spilberg721

    maybe that is the best album i've ever heard.

    27 Mar 12:56am Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    The best

    26 Mar 3:42pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Like sharing a bed with Björk on a chilly day.

    28 Feb 11:09am Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    Sometimes I cry listening to this album especially with Pagan Poetry, Sun in my Mouth & Cocoon, seriously.

    16 Feb 6:49am Reply
  • lanoctem

    this album changed my opinion on bjork and i am now a fan. goddamn this album rules

    28 Jan 10:15am Reply
  • mhmtakff

    Harm of Will is soundtrack of my life.

    8 Jan 6:55pm Reply
  • rOOm-on-fire

    Une soirée d'amour pur.

    7 Jan 7:59pm Reply
  • Red_Pain

    It's her most special album. All the songs are inseparable, they constitute one whole thing that's called Vespertine.

    4 Jan 12:33am Reply
  • NyBlueberry

    I don't know why, but this album is always really difficult for me to listen to. I really don't know how to describe it, every second of every song on this album is just so emotional, I can't make much out of it. Perhaps it has something to do with the lush, slightly ambient production mixed with Björk's "rough" voice. Magical

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Red_Pain

    Just one word could describe what I feel when I listen to this album: 'pure'. [2]

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
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