AOTY 2022
Björk - Vespertine
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2001 Ratings: #11 / 197
User Score
2001 Ratings: #1
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NOW Magazine

After tossing off the half-assed Selmasongs set, Björk gets serious on the imaginatively orchestrated Vespertine, which makes her previous Post and Debut albums seem like warm-ups.

100
The Needle Drop

Not only are Bjork's vocals and songwriting on another level with this LP, but the instrumentation and production is just divine and otherworldly.

90
AllMusic

An album singing the praises of peace and quiet, Vespertine isn't merely lovely; it proves that in Björk's hands, intimacy can be just as compelling as louder emotions.

90
Sputnikmusic
Bjork successfully created a beautiful piece of art, and one fittingly portraying what she truly is- human.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes

A beautiful, magical, mystical soundtrack, similar to Homogenic, but in a sense, more light-hearted and full of love.

83
Entertainment Weekly
When it all comes together, as on ''Hidden Place'' or ''It's Not Up to You,'' Björk and her electronica collaborators create moving interplanetary chorals.
80
NME
‘Vespertine’ is way, way off the beaten track. But give it time and you’ll love it there.
80
Rolling Stone

Vespertine is a particle beam in comparison, as weightless as light but concentrated with direction.

80
Under The Radar
I’m almost glad that Lars Von Trier was such a dick to her on the set of Dancer in the Dark that we get such a heavenly record in return.
80
Slant Magazine

Born of the Napster era, Björk’s Vespertine might just be the first commercial D.I.Y. electronic album, a euphoric and wintery mix composed largely on the artist’s laptop and consciously crafted for our desktops.

80
The Guardian
Her least commercial effort yet, its impact derives from the enchanted union of that wild voice and intimate instrumentation.
80
Uncut
She uses her voice as well as she ever has, giving the moods light and shade.
80
Q Magazine

Vespertine quietly proves that cutting-edge production and human contact aren't mutually exclusive.

72
Pitchfork

While undeniably beautiful, Vespertine fails to give electronic music the forward push it received on Björk's preceding albums.

okcomputer12127
100

Swans were harmed in the making of this album

Björk, in the last couple of years, has become one of my favorite singers ever. Her brilliant, outstanding, thought-provoking, and genre-bending music makes me come back for more every time. While Homogenic is innovative and powerful, Vespertine sees herself at her most sexiest, vulnerable, experimenting with more ambient/lo-fi sounds instead of going down a more trip-hop route. This is her most personal, emotional, in-depth album. It's ... read more

Craigold
100

I fear I am turning into a lizard. Yesterday, I was at the nuclear power plant, which happened to have a large lizard population next door to it. Of course, the power plant shouldn't be THAT dangerouz, should it? I mean, I've been in theze thingz before, and they haven't cauzed me any life changing illnezzez, zo I zhouldn't be wowwied abut it. Butt, becausz god haytes me, the purplannt went KABLOOWIE ant i Was Send fling intoo a treee. I contunud wif mi dai liek nuthng hapnd, bcowse I am im a ... read more

LukasLima
100

Há exatos 20 anos atrás, a cantora islandesa Björk presenteava o mundo com a sua fabulosa obra prima "Vespertine". Sucessor de uma outra obra prima, o icônico "Homogenic", Björk mostra que talento e criatividade ela tem de sobra.
Em "Vespertine", ela trabalha com um som mais intimista e menos agressivo, diferente dos seus discos anteriores.
Björk revoluciona sentimentos de profundeza, ironia e de uma mulher mais sexy, tudo isso ao ... read more

hylertunt
100

if i could give this album 200 i would. potentially my favourite album of all time, and one of the most excellent displays of a production, vocal, lyrical and atmospheric masterpiece. thank god for this woman

blackgazekris
80

| Rateyourmusic Top 100 Albums of All Time - #32 |

I've heard this release long before I started my journey through the RYM Top 100, and I can say for certain that I still love it just as much! Bjork manages to pull of such ethereal atmospheres & production and her lyricism here is some of her best, period. This album feels like an otherworldly cinematic experience. I applaud Bjork and her team for pulling off such a performance- it truly is remarkable and hauntingly beautiful. Bravo!

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TonyMeister
89

Who would have known, that a girl like Bjork would be so horny on her 4th studio album Vespertine.

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Track List

1Hidden Place
5:28
97
2Cocoon
4:28
95
3It's Not Up to You
5:08
96
4Undo
5:38
96
5Pagan Poetry
5:14
98
6Frosti
1:41
92
7Aurora
4:39
94
8An Echo, a Stain
4:04
93
9Sun In My Mouth
2:40
93
10Heirloom
5:12
94
11Harm of Will
4:36
94
12Unison
6:45
97
Total Length: 55 minutes

Year End Lists

#5/SPIN
#11/Paste
#32/NME
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