- 27 Aug 01
The vibe this time out is very lush minimalist.
Right from the start there was something otherworldly about Björk’s music, from that astonishing first Sugarcubes’ single onwards. And what you can say, amongst other things, about Vespertine is that it is… well… very Björk.
Few artists have created such an individual musical signature over recent years. Not just because of that voice, but the whole sound that she manages to create is full of personality.
The vibe this time out is very lush minimalist. The thumping dance beats of yore are less in evidence, the technology here being used to underpin, rather than dominate, the music. A rash of sounds and effects bubble throughout, at times harsh and mechanical, at times warm and human, giving the album a quiet, spatial feel. Contrast is provided by the very organic stings and massed, almost choral, vocals that arrive to fill the all too frequent gaps.