AOTY 2019
Björk - Vespertine
Nov 24, 2019 (updated 5d ago)
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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 concept is love. Simply love. 12 songs that would influence many acts from the 2010's from FKA Twigs to Lil Ugly Mane. The album starts with 'Hidden Place' which is extremely glitchy (one of the main traits of the album), a very puzzling beginning, many parts of the songs happen randomly. Including the weird distortion every now and then in the background or the loud choir. She's helpless, lost, desperate for love. This reminds me a lot of 'fallen alien' by FKA Twigs. 'Cocoon' is probably one of my all-time favorite Björk songs. The ambient, minimal beats, have so much emotion in them. It's influences ranges from Boards of Canada to Kate Bush. The soul and beauty in her voice can't be ignored, her voice fits perfectly with the beats in the background. 'It's Not Up To You' is fun, quirky but at the same time stunning and angelic, sort of like something from her Debut/Post era. 'Undo' is another song of her experimenting with ambient beats, but are less minimalist, some could say maximalist. Incorporating instruments from the harp to synths. The lyrics are touching, it's her falling in love with someone, who makes her feel ecstatic whenever she sees him/her. I also love the lo-fi ending of the song (the last 30 seconds of the song). 'Pagan Poetry' is probably her most mainstream song on this album, it's her at the peak of her relationship with this person, taking influences from mainstream pop from the high pitched vocals, the pure innocence of the lyrics, and the instrumentation itself, glitchy but still would hook the average person, the only thing that would throw someone off would probably the 5 minute length. 'Frosti' is probably the most nostalgic song on here and the shortest at only a little over a minute and a half, comprised of only a couple of wind-chimes, making a very beautiful impression on the listener, it could last for like 20 minutes and I wouldn't give a shit. There needs to be a 10 hour loop of this! 'Aurora' is probably the weakest song on this album, even though not the longest track, it feels like it goes on forever! It feels like she's including every single thing she did on the last 6 songs and rolled them up in a ball, it isn't at all bad but it just has not that much story or personality to it (anything new to bring to the table). 'An Echo A Stain' god-damn the first couple seconds are gorgeous, perfection, a tiny bit eerie, haunting. The song feels short even though it's run-time is at 4 minutes. Her love for this person has become obsessive, it's taking over her, leaving almost a hole in her heart from all the love she's giving to all this person, the song is also about sex, at least I'm assuming it's about that by the lyrics, apologizing by her actions (the sex). Leaving her in a dark place, lost, helpless, just like she was in the first track. 'Sun In My Mouth' is another song about sex, about this person being on top on her, she touching this person everywhere, this is another pretty short song, considering the lengths of some of the others on here. There isn't that much to say other than that. 'Heirloom' is a fun, explosive, groovy song, but also intricately detailed, it's another song that maybe with a little changes could appeal to the mainstream audiences. It reminds me of 'Such Great Heights' by The Postal Service, one of my favorite songs ever, she's coming to terms with herself, that maybe this person isn't that worth her, that she's much better without this person. 'Harm of Will' is simple but at the same time powerful. The lyrics is one of the best factors, the percussion, slight octaves will force you to cry. This song feels like it was made out of a music box. Stellar. The breakup in the album, leaving her with nothing, just herself, depressed but at the same time happier without him. 'Unison' is her getting over this, she is freed from the crippling breakup of the person she 'loved'. With a glitchy, upbeat conclusion that would shape her next album Medulla. It's crazy, quirky, it's oh so quiet, she loves herself, she's at her best. While just being an album, tells about a compelling lesson about love.

Fav Tracks: Hidden Place, Cocoon, It's Not Up To You, Undo, Pagan Poetry, Frosti, An Echo A Stain, Heirloom, Harm of Will, Unison

Least Fav Track: Aurora
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Nov 25, 2019
Beautiful review, you really captured the romanticism and innocence of this album in your writing <3
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