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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
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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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.
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!
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.Read 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!!!
Most recent customer reviews
Bjork's cd of greatest hits include fifteen songs of original beats and can be classified in a music genre by itself. Read morePublished on May 1 2012 by Stella Carrier
The rythmes and melodies are spectacular. The lyrics are in essence poetry. The music's ability to bring out positive emotion is vast (but this would be very meaningless to many... Read morePublished on March 8 2007 by Ndt
Honestly, "Greatest Hits" isn't quite what I wanted it to be, but it's almost perfect nonetheless. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by A. Garcia
Now, if you're familiar with my taste in music, and many of you are, you'll know that I Don't particularly like singers that use umlauts (not to be confused with a diaeresis, the... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Cletus J. "Bubba" Huckabee Jr.
The instrumental music that accompanies Bjork's vocals are creative and atmospheric, however I just cannot stand the sound of her voice. I'm sorry, but it is annoying to me. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by John Candy
For an artist as challenging and as left-field as Bjork to release something called Greatest Hits is very strange to me, as she has never had a "hit single" in the US. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by J. Brady
Pop observers view Björk with the same level of apprehension as opera or jazz. That's too bad really, because, as "Björk's Greatest Hits" demonstrates so well,... Read morePublished on April 9 2004
This album is great for people who like some of the Bjork's works. But I must confess that if I only had this album of her, I would have to go to the nearest store and buy all the... Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Daniel