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SelmaSongs (Dancer In The Dark OST) [Soundtrack]

Björk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: One Little Indian Records
  • ASIN: B00004YU0F
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Overture 3:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cvalda 4:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I've Seen It All 5:29£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Scatterheart 6:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In the Musicals 4:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. New World 4:21£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Fans of all aspects of Björk's career will be delighted with this concept album. The Palme-D'Or-winning movie-musical Dancer in the Darkgave her 18 months to produce this superb half-hour's result. It blurs all her staple sampling inventiveness (listen for a ball bouncing and shoes squeaking on gym flooring in "In The Musicals") with the sort of lush big band orchestral backing that made "Oh So Quiet" a hit. As in the film, each song builds from natural sounds that inspire Selma's fantasy world. "Cvalda" starts with machinery noise from her factory job, "Scatterheart" with the crackle of a stuck vinyl record, and "I've Seen It All" with a locomotive's engine rhythm (featuring a duet with Radiohead's Thom Yorke instead of on-screen would-be boyfriend Peter Stormare). "107 Steps" is cheekily just the Icelander singing numbers, and "My Favourite Things" isn't here from her delightful Sound of Music rehearsal. But those are minor niggles. Finishing in grand upbeat style with "New World", the music concludes with a nice link back to the motif from the brassy "Overture". It's taken the coherence of film scoring to deliver her most impressive work since Debut. --Paul Tonks

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, brilliant...BUY BJORK! 11 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bjork has done it again! Her work just gets better with every album and this time she has excelled herself.
The album starts with 'Overture', which lulls you into the perfect state for the rest of the album. A feeling of real meloncholy and that this is about serious music. However, 'Cvalda' which is 'Bjork Style' percussion using the sound of the machinery where she works, and it typically does work!
'I've Seen it All' is her duet with Thom Yorke, which is such a sweet tune with such sad undertones and meaningful subtext.
However, 'Scatterheart' is probably my favorite song out of the whole album as it is so innocent and bright, which is so paradoxical to the story she is telling. Selma uses musicals as escapism, and Bjork has cleverly written 'In The Musicals' boasting the pizzazz like 'show song', that reminds the listener of her wham bam old jazz song 'It's Oh So Quiet'.
'107 Steps' paints the reality of Selmas story, however, Bjork, never one to leave us feeling heartbroken, cheers us with the inspirational, upbeat 'New World'.
This is an album that I had no hesitation in buying, and it did not let me down either...I would say to all who love her - BUY THIS NOW!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A must have" 20 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bjork's "Debut" and "Post" are considered to be her finest work... not any more. "Dancer in the Dark" the award-winning film has given Bjork the opportunity to showcase her talents. Not only does she emerge as a superb actress, but as she was given the task of creating the soundtrack, her fans have been treated to some of her finest music.
Bjork's musical style has always coupled rhythm and harmony, and this has not been as evident as it is in "Selmasongs." "Scatterheart" showcases Bjork's superb vocal talents... it doesn't matter if you can't decipher the maddening "hhhrrrn" screaming noises she makes, because they add to the atmosphere.
But of course, the highlight of the album is Bjork's superb duet with Thom Yorke of Radiohead - "I've Seen It All." This song is now one of my all time favourites, and I couldn't think of two people better matched to duet. Not only are the vocals amazing, but the lyrics are superb too..
Bjork: What about China, have you seen the Great Wall? Thom: All walls are great if the roof doesn't fall.
The lyrics just stream over the ragged train rhythm.
Concepts of fear, love and fate all rolled into one album. If you like any of Bjork's previous work, you'll love her for this gem of an album. =) Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars industrial dance 24 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Bjork for a number of years now and she remains the only artist who can continuously surprise and inspire. Her voice is unique and often breath taking. Here it works as an instrument, smoothly gliding over the often industrial beats and glorious string arrangements.
The first song to feature vocals is the brilliantly hyperactive 'Cvalda'. A change of pace arrives via the sublime Thom Yorke duet, 'I've seen it all'. Beautifully built around a continuous train beat, the song ascends into a soaring display of vocal prowess. 'Scatterheart' is amazingly sad and is followed by the album's best song, 'In the muiscals'. The song seems to feature every sound effect available, from basketball bounces to tap dancing, all sampled and placed over juddering beats. The lyrics deal with the power of musicals and the impact they have over Selma.
The album's only weak point is '107 Steps' which seems likely to implode as the strings become too claustraphobic. But the album ends on an amazing high with the beautiful 'New World', where Bjork's voice soars and soars with amazing ease.
I thought that her last album 'Homogenic' would never be surpassed, but i should have realised Bjork is forever redefining my opinions of her. Amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operatic and theatrical 18 Mar 2006
By Jackiesmackie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It got bashed a little bit when it first came out that the film was poorly shot and Bjork would never be able to carry a lead role successfully.
They never figured that the film would be built around her amzing voice though.
If I am in mood, (often), and feeling like there's no inspiration left in the world, even if I can't sleep, this is the soundtrack I turn to.
Sounds made up for the lead charcter's lack of eyesight - and then some.
Admittedly I had this before I saw the film, a couple of things made more sense after watching the movie though.
Spontaneous singing and imaginative numbers are given life through Bjork's quirky and charismatic voice.
A story that can be followed through song, '100 steps', 'I've seen it all' haven't until you've heard this soundtrack.
Peaceful and exotic in turns it is a piece that stands alone.
Tastefully done and exceuted - not one bad track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh lord how she saves my soul 23 April 2001
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Format:Audio CD
After reading many negative reviews of the album from magazines and fans alike, I was a little dubious as to whether I should buy it. But how wrong those people were. Selmasongs is not dissapointing at all! It is an incredibly beautiful album, the most complex Bjork to date. In many ways it is experimental- the clatter of trains and noisy machines provides the rhythm for many of the songs and a somewhat pleasing characteristic of the album is that of the varied and diverse range of tracks. I have been a Bjork fan since I was ten years old and every new album she has brought out has been different from the last. She has never been afraid to change her style and in turn has never failed to write music that is challenging but also, well, lovely. Her childlike vocals on Selmasongs are charming and heartbreakingly emotional (as they always are) but her lyrics have a more mature tone to them. In short, buy the album because it is wonderful. Your spine will quiver with delight I assure you all. Bjork makes my heart sing.
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Bjork has been known to me for a number of years but it is over the last year that I have really took a liking to her music. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Animal
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem!
I had most of bjorks recordings and with the new 2011 release coming up this gap in the collection caught my eye. Going on amazon reviews i brought it and was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by Richard I. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply heart-breaking...
First and foremost, please watch Dancer In The Dark before you listen to this album. The emotional content of each song is increased 10-fold if you do so. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2004 by bjr19
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, Beautiful
I highly reccommend.. insist.. that you watch the film before buying this, if you haven't seen it. The songs only make sense in the context of the film. Read more
Published on 4 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The most almighty half-hour of recording history !
Every time I have bought a new Bjork album (this was the fourth), I have been stunned by not only the extent to which she bulldozes over the barriers of acceptable music, but her... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away....
I am a huge fan of bjork as it is,and had heard many reviews of 'dancer...',some of them good,so of them bad. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A suberb soundtrack for one of the greatest films ever!
I owned this album before I saw the film and to be honest, I found it a little lame, then I saw the film and my opinion completely swapped round! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, not easy
Brilliant album. "New worlds" is one of the best songs I've ever heard. Loads of creativity, almost scary. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars a sweet little appetizer
Selmasongs is Bjork's first "real" album since her 1997 'Homogenic' and successfully demonstrates her strength in creating nearly visual worlds in music. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2000
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