Unlike the extroverted antics of such previous BjÖrk essays as Post and Homogenic, Vespertine is positively introverted. This intimate, often breathtakingly beautiful collection (primarily prod

Unlike the extroverted antics of such previous Björk essays as Post and Homogenic, Vespertine is positively introverted. This intimate, often breathtakingly beautiful collection (primarily produced by the artist herself) finds solace in the calm after the storm. "I'm so close to tears/ And so close to/Simply calling you up/And simply suggesting/We go to that hidden place," Björk sings on the opening track and lead single, "Hidden Place." The winning "Heirloom"

is a fuzzy tale about a "recurrent dream" that only Björk could have (think "glowing oil" and "glowing lights"). Other sublime Vespertine moments include the almost-too-private "Cocoon," the melancholy "It's Not Up to You," and the harp-splashed "Pagan Poetry." For sheer catharsis, spend some quality time with "Undo," "Aurora," and "Unison" —all of which have the strength to bring tears (of joy

and pain) to the eyes.—MP

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