One Little Indian Records
Release date
2 Mar 2009
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Hidden Place 5:29 311,557
2 Cocoon 4:28 195,600
3 It's Not Up to You 5:09 180,686
4 Undo 5:39 178,666
5 Pagan Poetry 5:15 350,802
6 Frosti 1:41 187,025
7 Aurora 4:40 180,371
8 An Echo a Stain 4:05 48,147
9 Sun in My Mouth 2:40 153,429
10 Heirloom 5:12 127,056
11 Harm of Will 4:37 152,969
12 Unison 6:48 159,256

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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  • pihekahs

    this album makes me want to cry when i listen to it

    27 May 8:45pm Reply
  • St8of_Emergency

    I love that someone tagged winter because I totally feel that. There is nothing better than walking in the cold and having these beautiful, warm tunes circulate around you. This album feels one with winter.

    13 May 6:39am Reply
  • OrphicElysian

    This album is her most ethereal~ She must have had tiny nature spirits floating around whilst all the music was coming together; takes me to another place of existence. Spiritual. Divine!! ❄️❄️🌟🌟🌙🌙

    12 May 7:51pm Reply
  • EDsebert


    30 Mar 6:42am Reply
  • Jyroflux

    I love Vespertine so much. What else is there to say?

    29 Mar 1:10am Reply
  • its_Matt_yall

    Despite the fact I really love every Björk's album, I always come back to Vespertine. Magnum Opus.

    28 Mar 4:30pm Reply
  • thesleepycloud

    I still can't believe this was released in 2001.

    20 Mar 3:44pm Reply
  • NachoWTF

    her best album ... probably the best album of all times [2]

    18 Mar 2:51am Reply
  • ploaver

    her best album ... probably the best album of all times

    26 Feb 12:02pm Reply
  • Bakis

    Her best.

    28 Jan 7:18pm Reply
  • nalepiak

    Naj-b-j zimowa płyta świata,której tradycyjnie słucham (a teraz słuchamy razem z moją niewiastą) zawsze z dniem,kiedy po raz 1wszy w danym sezonie spadnie śnieg.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • violettte1

    I feel like I would not be alive if it weren't for this flawlessly gentle album. When everything is wrong, I remember it's not up to you. Thank you.

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • kamiekaymee


    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    definitely her best

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Frank_War

    13 years <3

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • betorfs


    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    fantastic album

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Atomic-Chapel

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

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TomasJohn

    my favorite Bjork album

    19 Jun 2014 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 2014 Reply
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