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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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Universal. 2009.

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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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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. She has a rather vocal and rabid fan base , however, what I'd call a "cult following", if the words didn't bring up so many negative connotations. In other words, there is no such thing, in my opinion, as a "casual Bjork listener" and that seems to me to be the target audience of this release. Either that or the hard core fan who buys everything she releases. But for me, if I wanted a Bjork mix cd, I'd make one of my own. And I have. But that's not to say this is not a good cd. It is. In fact it is great, often brilliant. And that's also not to say I didn't buy it. Because I did. But for only one reason. Many of the songs are harder to find "single versions" that were not on her regular release cd's. The opening track, the single remix of "All Is Full of Love", is one of the greatest love songs I've ever heard. But it's not your typical love song. Check out the words, if you can, and you'll see what I mean. Also here is a new song, which - typically - straddles the thin line between all out electronic weirdness and haunting beauty. There is nothing from Selma Songs ( to me, her weakest collection )or from Telegraph ( her remix cd, also not one of her best, but hey, it's not her fault, she didn't remix the tracks herself ). Greatest Hits concentrates on the singles ( obviously ) and features a fair amount of single-only mixes. I dock this release one point only because of the truly butt-ugly and disturbing cover art.
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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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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 people who are oblivious to the power and glory of the emotional spectrum). Most of the songs are intricate and Bjork is known for fusing styles and she stands out virtually unmatched in this domain. It may take some adjusting to becuase she is avant-garde, yet, at the same time, globally accepted. A few of the songs are girly and grounded in the feminine but, even if the listener has a bias against this, it only applies to a couple of songs.
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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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