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Selmasongs (2000)

Artist: Bjork
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Selmasongs Dual Disc 1 of 1

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Format: Dual Disc
Sku: 202811216
UPC: 081227332525
UPC 14: 00081227332525
Release Date: 7/25/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Overture ~ Bjork
2. Cvalda - (with Catherine Deneuve) ~ Bjork
3. I've Seen It All - (with Thom Yorke) ~ Bjork
4. Scatterheart ~ Bjork
5. In The Musicals ~ Bjork
6. 107 Steps ~ Bjork
7. New World ~ Bjork

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Bjork, Thom Yorke (vocals); Vince Mendoza (arranger).
Muze PNote "Overture" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and "I've Seen It All" was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accopanying A Vocalist.
Muze PNote Personnel: Bj?rk; Siobhan Fallon.
Muze PNote Renowned director Lars Von Trier's stroke of genius in making his 2000 film DANCER IN THE DARK was to cast Iceland-born avant-pop siren Bjork in the central role and then enlist her aid in composing and performing a series of musical numbers for the movie. In the film, Bjork's character Selma lives an unrelentingly hard life as a single mother and factory worker who is quickly going blind. The film's songs come from Selma's inner world, where she (and the audience) find respite from all the harshness of reality.
Muze PNote Bjork's compositions, with orchestral arrangements from Vince Mendoza, hang together on their own quite nicely. Catherine Deneuve (Bjork's co-star) and Radiohead's Thom Yorke make effective vocal cameos, but Bjork's voice and music are the central focus. As we hear the industrial sounds of the factory turn into the rhythm of a song, or follow Bjork's oddly intuitive melodic leaps through a dreamlike haze of strings, it becomes clear that her idiosyncratic writing style adapts quite well to the cinematic milieu. As usual, her uniquely entrancing singing style stands out above almost all else.

Producer: Bjork; Mark Bell

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Thom Yorke

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Sucker Punch (Ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Dirty Projectors
Mount Wittenberg Orca [EP] ~ Dirty Projectors
Original Soundtrack
String Quartet
Travis Sullivan
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/25/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 73325
Music Label Name Label : Elektra (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227332525

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (9/28/00, p.56)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...A particularly accessible career appropriate marriage of industrial clanging and symphonic melodrama..."

Spin (11/00, p.197)
- 8 out of 10 - "...Beguiling...evidence of [her] unstoppable rhythms are modernized in the grand sweep of Vincent Mendoza's orchestral arrangements, with Bjork's voice the uncategorizable element in between..."

Q (11/00, pp.99-101)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...A slalom of a record, there's still enough synapse-jangling vocal invention and moments of great beauty to make it a worthy addition to [her] singular oeuvre."

Uncut (10/00, p.102)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Hisses, stomps, thuds and buzzes which evoke everything from Einsturzende Neubaten to Fred 'n' Ginger..."

Alternative Press (12/00, p.91)
- 5 out of 5 - "...100 percent pure Bjork and may well be her best work yet..."

CMJ (1/08/01, p.10)
- Included in CMJ's "Best of the Year" for 2000.

CMJ (9/18/00, p.3)
- "...An absolutely absurd pairing of forms, styles and voices, but one [she] pulls off brilliantly..."

Melody Maker (9/26/00, pp.50-1)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...A unique talent doing what comes naturally....she's a genius. This is a mere half-hour of wild story-telling thoughts made musical..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(10/00, p.100)
- "...Innovative and exuberant..."

NME (Magazine)
(9/16/00, p.37)
- 8 out of 10 - "...Strange and rewarding..."

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