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Greatest Hits

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B00006F852
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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1. All Is Full of Love
2. Hyperballad
3. Human Behavior
4. Joga
5. Bachelorette
6. Army of Me
7. Pagan Poetry
8. Big Time Sensuality
9. Venus as a Boy
10. Hunter
11. Hidden Place
12. Isobel
13. Possibly Maybe
14. Play Dead
15. It's in Our Hands

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Compiled via a fan survey conducted on her Web site, Björk's Greatest Hits eschews presenting the tracks in chronological order, making for a jumbled ride through the vocalist's unique, twisted, and frequently brilliant discography. A few welcome surprises surface, including EP remixes, a rarity (the 1993 David Arnold collaboration "Play Dead"), and the previously unreleased "It's in Our Hands," a clever blip-pop number that would have fit nicely on either 1997's Homogenic or 2001's Vespertine. Starting off with a dreamy remix of "All Is Full of Love," the collection contrasts giddy dance-pop like "Hyperballad" (from the wonderful Post) with the brooding thump of "Army of Me" and Debut's "Human Behaviour," while injecting liberal doses of experimental ballads such as "Joga" and "Pagan Poetry." Some choices will grate on the nerves of purists (the sans strings mix of "Hyperballad"), and it would have been nice to hear something from Selmasongs, but with Björk's incredibly consistent discography to work from, it's impossible to screw up a retrospective compilation such as this. --Matthew Cooke

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All of Bjork's biggest hits and best-known songs, the songs that are sure to be familiar even to people who think they don't know Bjork's music, plus one track recorded for this release, 'It's In Our Hands'. Compiled by fans in a unique website vote. Gatefold sleeve. Elektra. 2002.

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This is a fine collection of some of the best songs Bjork has released, and a perfect way for the uninitiated to find out what she's about. But it's not a replacement for her albums; while the non-chronological sequencing here makes the hits collection sound something like a normal album, there's a rhythm and flow to each of her regular releases that enhances the "hits" and allows the album tracks to function well as parts of a unified whole. (This is especially true of her two most recent releases, Homogenic and Vespertine; the songs from each sound OK here, but fit much better as parts of their original--and superb--albums.)
Still, this collection is a perfect way to get a quick fix when you don't have time to listen to all her albums, and a good way to get to know Bjork if you don't already.
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I think this is a great album of greatest hits, probably because all of us fans of Björk's got to vote on what songs were included. So this really is an album that is for the fans! I like it because it shows all of her styles and musical auras. You have the beginning songs from Debut (which are slightly more simplistic than those that come after them) like "Human Behaviour," "Venus As A Boy," and "Play Dead." Then you have the lush, dark and epic sounds of Homogenic: "All Is Full Of Love" (great remix!), "Jóga," "Bachelorette," and "Hunter." Possibly some of the best Björk's songs come from Post, those include: "Hyper-Ballad," "Army Of Me" (yeah!!!), "Isobel," and "Possibly Maybe." Who could forget the wonderfully quiet, calm, lush and magical music from Vespertine: "Pagan Poetry," and "Hidden Place." Apart from all the wonderful songs I've mentioned, there's a new one called "It's In Our Hands."
In conclusion, I think this is what a greatest hits album should be: our favorite original material from all the albums, remixes that don't destroy the integrity of the real versions, and new offerings! I love this CD. Buy it if you want the full package! Well, not the full package, but...the mainstream version of the full package. :-) Isn't that what all greatest hits albums are? But Björk's is better!
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Any true lover of real music will not be able to avoid the impact that the Icelandic dance/pop Goddess Bjork Gudmundsdottir has had on society. Whilst most of society tends to shun her for her wacky persona and 'weird' tendencies to make music that barely even resembles music, they cannot ignore her, because she is a genius plain and simple. She's also a critics-darling. The world's leading music experts adore her knack for producing top-notch albums that transport your mind and spirit into a completely alternate realm.
Arriving on the scene in 1993 after her split from four albums with the Sugarcubes, Bjork thrashed her way into the human-subconscious with her imaginatively titled debut album "Debut." This was followed up with 1995's "Post," 1997's "Homogenic" and 2001's "Vespertine." The main singles taken from these four albums feature prominently on "Bjork's Greatest Hits," which is a perfect snapshot of a decade's worth of masterful music, from one of the world's most enigmatic women. Now to call this collection Greatest Hits is a bit of an overstatement; Bjork has never actually had a big chart hit, apart from "It's Oh So Quiet" which doesn't even feature here anyway...
The album opens with the gorgeous "All Is Full Of Love." It finally starts after 30 seconds with some swirling strings. Bjork's voice goes from left to right on this song, and her lyrics are so emotional it will bring a tear to anyone's eyes. "Hyper-Ballad" is the first masterpiece of the album, and works superbly when juxtaposed next to the song it follows on from. Strings and electronic pulses sweep this song along and Bjork's lyrics about throwing things off cliffs are extremely visual and commanding.
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Bjork's enigmatic voice stresses the different emotional stages of a woman in and out of love; she is completely irresistible as she croons wickedly in "Play Dead" that playing dead is "just like sleeping"...her words are all you ever wanted to say but couldn't. Each song completes an emotion; Bjork's talent is awe-inspriring and leads the listener to move beyond the listening stage to a physically moving experience that only transcends as you go from track to track. As another mentioned, it is odd to subject Bjork's music to a category, such as "Greatest Hits," when the purpose of her music is to strive to move beyond generic boundaries such as the latter phrase; her songs are not "hits"; they are not even "songs" in a sense, but emotional experiences. For instance, her vocals are best heard, not on stage or in a recording studio, but in a cathedral or an area where the acoustics have no limits; even when she is not singing, the last lyric is still echoing or lingering, not to mention the instrumentals that accompany her that simply translate into "beautiful muzik". Bjork is worthy of all of this and more....
I don't ever compare Bjork to anyone; I'll just say that I am glad that I know her music; I am lucky that I rented the film, "Dancer in the Dark" when I did; I am glad that I was flipping channels one day and caught this amazing woman in concert; I could have gone forever and not have known what I was missing...
If you only get the chance to hear one song, please experience "Bachelorette," "Play Dead" or "All is Full of Love".
And if you ever get a chance, see the film!!!
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