- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: CD
- ASIN: B00006F852
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Heavily influenced by classical music, 11 of these tracks use orchestral instumentation of some type or another, Bjork's music is driven by her unique voice, a selection of programmed beats, and the genre of which she studied as a child.
Here's to another 10 years of creativity. I wonder if there will be another Greatest Hits collection at the end of that epoch?
PS: Don't buy Family Tree. While a effort that appears noble in concept, it is simply not worth the price for what is offerred.
When Bjork Gudmundsdottir stormed the music scene in 1993 with her "Debut" album, she immediately became one of the most unique popular artists. Also her style of singing, pronouncing English words and intonation became instantly recognisable, as it already was, in fact, during her previous years with The Sugarcubes.
With each and each new release, the singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/producer brought something new, which made all of her albums great and unlike one another.
Bjork's fans decided via a website poll which songs should be chosen for this collection. Their selection is truly representative, although her most successful single release, "It's Oh So Quiet", is missing, as are pieces from the "Dancer In The Dark" movie -- of which al least the duet with Thom Yorke "I've Seen It All" would fit here nicely.
Anyway, what's here is top quality. From "Debut", here is her first single ever, the haunting "Human Behavior", danceable "Big Time Sensuality", cosmopolitan "Venus As A Boy" and smash cooperation with David Arnold, "Play Dead" (extra track on later release of "Debut").
"Post", released in 1995, ushered in the menacing, yet memorable "Army of Me" and wistful "Hyperballad". Also "Isobel" and "Possibly Maybe" add colours to the varied palette.
From "Homogenic" (1997), we have here symbolic "Joga", euphoric "Bachelorette", the stunning hit "All Is Full Of Love" (great to open this set) and sound-scaping "Hunter", where you can literally hear the drums of the hunters off to catch something.
"Vespertine" (2001) contributed two cuts, enchantingly cold "Pagan Poetry" and pulsing "Hidden Place". The final track, "It's In Our Hands" was first to appear on "Vespertine", but in the end was replaced by "It's Not Up To You" and thus had its place reserved as the only new studio official release for the "Greatest Hits".
To illustrate what Bjork means: in a recent Reader's Digest 30-question poll in Europe, one of the three most frequently correct answer was; from which country the singer Bjork comes. From Iceland, of course.
Her popularity will never bring Iceland that much (in terms of money) as Abba once brought Sweden. But if a singer ever put his/her country more on the map in people's eyes, it's Bjork -- by far the best known Icelander.