Magazine article New Internationalist

Vespertine

Magazine article New Internationalist

Vespertine

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Vespertine

by Bjork

(One Little Indian TPLP101 CD)

There's an air of mystery about Vespertine that - as anyone who's followed Bjork Gudmanssdottir's extraordinarily precocious career will tell you - is anything but accidental. Maybe it's to do with the instrumentation that Iceland's most famous daughter has chosen: ethereal musical boxes, harps and celestes feature strongly. Certainly, it's to do with the subject matter: 12 of Bjork's most intensely intimate songs yet. These are love songs that do what poetry should actually do - that is, make language strange.

But dislocation has never sounded so sweet. Vespertine may not have the obvious big-sound hits of earlier albums like Debut or even Homogenic, but this is no lack. Vespertine's dozen move at their own odd pace, taking their creator ever forward to new territories. It's this explorer's heart that makes Bjork such a consistently rewarding musician. …

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