Björk - Vespertine
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2001 Ratings: #12 / 241
User Score
2001 Rank: #1All Time: #10
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

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.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

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

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.
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
Q Magazine

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

80
Uncut
She uses her voice as well as she ever has, giving the moods light and shade.
80
The Guardian
Her least commercial effort yet, its impact derives from the enchanted union of that wild voice and intimate instrumentation.
80
Alternative Press
A smoldering heart of emotion and a true pop sensibility reveal themselves...
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
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
SPIN
Her fourth solo album proceeds with centripetal force, soaring upward on dizzying ballads "Hidden Place" and "It's Not Up to You" before landing with minimal fanfare on Matmos production like "Heirloom."
80
NME
‘Vespertine’ is way, way off the beaten track. But give it time and you’ll love it there.
72
Pitchfork

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

70
No Ripcord
Vespertine is the best album I've heard this year, and Bjork's amazing vocals complete it perfectly.
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

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

ClayDJs03
100

Music’s Deepest Exploration of Love.

The wistful lake slumbered agleam with glitter, clairvoyant constellations that patterned the lithely surface. As winter drew near, a delicate breeze parasolled from the whispering night sky, gently wavering like a reverie before deeply penetrating the icy waters. Above, snowflakes swayed like phantom wisps, dissolving onto the souls levitating from the ripples. The ethereal plain, a place knowable to all but unknown by most. Every day the swans ... read more

speedmaster
100

this album.... i am not lying to you it actually Broke me into tears like i was crying hard to this album because it is just so fucking wonderful

DoubleHsword
100

This is how it feels when you fall in love with an artsy girl.

90

favorite track: Hidden Place
least favorite track: Frosti

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Track List

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

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