Vespertine

Label
One Little Indian Records
Release date
2 Mar 2009
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
55:43

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Hidden Place 5:29 295,298
2 Cocoon 4:28 183,414
3 It's Not Up to You 5:09 170,513
4 Undo 5:39 167,719
5 Pagan Poetry 5:15 332,117
6 Frosti 1:41 175,210
7 Aurora 4:40 169,496
8 An Echo a Stain 4:05 41,692
9 Sun in My Mouth 2:40 144,113
10 Heirloom 5:12 118,031
11 Harm of Will 4:37 143,852
12 Unison 6:48 149,771

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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  • 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
  • XDRory

    Hidden Place is annoying? Fuck off.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • handcuter

    Hidden Place is one of the deepest songs in the music history. Perfection! Just like Pagan poetry, too.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kajo_93

    magnum opus

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mesciz

    amazing

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

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

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • machine80

    Total classic. Takes me to another plane, every time.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • skydude13579

    Wish Bjork made more albums like this.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • b52ohlol

    a lesson in vulnerability from a snow queen

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • davecarter

    Listening for the first time in years, a truly gorgeous album

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vesituli

    For years I have considered this my favourite album. It is so beautiful and cocoon-ish that it always makes me feel like it's giving me a warm embrace. I just lie there, under a blanket and am mesmerized by the sounds and emotions every time.

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
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