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Selmasongs Enhanced, Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004Y6TQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Cvalda
3. I've Seen It All
4. Scatterheart
5. In The Musicals
6. 107 Steps
7. New World

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By Amazon Customer on July 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think the song "I've Seen It All" is one of the great classics in music. I struggle with the urge to weep every time I hear it because it is so moving.
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I love this movie, and I was really impressed by the music. If you love Björk's sound, this will be what you know of her and a few new aspects. The way she used simple sounds to create the beats of "Cvalda" and "I've Seen It All" is amazing! "Cvalda"'s beat starts off with the sounds of noisy machinery in a factory and spirals into a beautiful song. "I've Seen It All" rests on the sounds of a train passing by. The beat you hear is the pattern of the wheels on the tracks, fixed up a little bit of course.
This album is an astonishing thing to listen to, even though there aren't many songs. It also lets you relive the movie, even the heartbreaking scene where Björk's character Selma dies. Buy it!
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I think it's now safe to say that Bjork ranks alongside Kurt Cobain and Madonna as the artist whom I have most respect for in the music industry. Her ability to consistently produce groundbreaking, fresh and atmospheric music is a natural wonder to me. The way she proves people wrong by not making music in a sense, but making something completely different. An art form. Undiscovered. Until she creates it. That's why she's a genius, and that's why she will always succeed in making a fantastic record. In 1997 Bjork released "Homogenic," her third solo studio album to date. After listening to this masterpiece, you begin to think Bjork can't do much else in terms of creativity, yet she proved us all wrong in 2000 when she starred in the musical masterpiece "Dancer In The Dark."
Not content with having a leading role in a high-production musical, she also wrote and produced the entire soundtrack, "Selmasongs." The soundtrack is simply one of the best soundtracks that money can buy and ranks alongside Homogenic and Vespertine as Bjork's greatest work to date. Lush sweeping arrangements of orchestral bliss infuse the album with a wonderfully atmospheric and aesthetically-pleasing back drop of sounds, layered on top of each other. The production and composition is first-class and Bjork is, as ever, 100% original in her approach.
"Overture" opens the album. A deep flow of subdued and slightly anticipated instruments introduces the song, and it gradually builds up to a point of almost heart-aching passion at 2:29, and the song gains momentum and flows especially into the first proper song. It's a wonderful instrumental, incredibly dramatic and sets the tone for the soundtrack.
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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
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By selim on Oct. 22 2003
Format: Audio CD
when i firs saw the film "dancer in the dark" i
looked forward this cd to be released.the best björk songs
that i've listened till that time were "i've seen it all","scatterheart" and
"new world".björk began to
change her style with this songs and, she did better.
although,"scatterheart" is different and a bit spoiled
in this cd but,the other songs are devastating.especially
"i have seen it all"is better with thom yorke than movie version...
but i offer you to have movie versions too...
overture**
cvalda*****
i've seen it all*****
scatterheart***** (for movie version)
in the musicals*****
107 steps*****
new world*****
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