The movie "Dancer in the Dark" is one of the best movies I've ever seen. The music is one of the things that made it so great. Bjork's voice is one of the most unique and beautiful in music today. She isn't the typical person you'd imagine doing a musical, though. This soundtrack includes most of the songs from the film, including the amazing sound collage "Cvalda" and "I've Seen It All", a beautiful and amazing duet with Thom Yorke of Radiohead (this version of the song is far superior to the one in the film. I listened to the soundtrack version long before I saw the movie, and I was dissapointed by the film version. Thom should have played Jeff in the movie). While every song on this soundtrack is just amazing, it's what's not on there that spoils this disc a bit.
First off, the closing number (we'll call it "The Next To Last Song") is nowhere to be seen on this disk. I know that it would be a little bit tough putting the song on the soundtrack without revealing plot points, but the lyrics are heart wrenching and amazing. On the subject of plot points, the song "Scatterheart" has had its lyrics seriously reworked. All the other actors' voices have been removed alltogether and some of their parts sung by Bjork. the line "you just did what you had to do" is replaced with "you'll just have to find out for yourself". This doesnt really make much sense. Also, the version of "My Favorite Things" that Selma sings while she is in a very dire situation (I wont say what) could have been pumped up with instruments and given a good treatment. If the songs in the movie were all included in their film version, this CD would have scored a 6, but because of these omissions, I can only give it a 4