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4.0 out of 5 stars
Björks Juwelbox, 13 Nov. 2002
What a treat. From the moment you are holding a copy of family tree in your hands you know, that you are now the proud owner something special.
The familytree box is designed as a little girls juwel box - the place where she would place all her most treasured belongings, and when you open it, you discover that it is indeed full of small treasures: 5 minicd's containing all sorts of music from Björks carreer, a booklet with Björks favourite lyrics and a "normalsized cd" with the title "Greatest hits according to Björk".
The minicd's are divided into three sections: Roots, Beats and Stings.
The 2 "roots" cd's are a collection of songs that reveals Björks icelandic background: Songs from the punkbands "kukl" and "Sugarcubes" are mixed with alternative version of songs from Björks solo carrier. The highlight is here the beautiful live version of "generous palmstrokes": Björk gives here one the most touching performances I have ever heard with zeena Harkins harp as support.
The "beats" cd contains hear first recordings with Graham Massey and Mark Bell. Although only the demo version of "All these modern things" is previously unreleased it's good to have them on one cd as an example of a specific period in Björks carreer.
The 2 "strings" cd's contains live and studio recordings of 9 Björk songs arranged and performed by the brodsky quartet. The arrangements are very beautiful and Björk gives thrilling performances almost no technical support. My favourite is "the anchor song" from "debut", where Björk's singing make you hold your breath.
The greatest hits cd differ from the ordinary edition. Björk has selected her own favourite songs not regarding whether they were hits or not. Therefore songs like "Human behaviour" or "Big time sensuality" are missing. Instead you can hear songs like "Unravel" from "Homogenic" and "Scatterheart" from "Selmasongs". Songs of a much higher quality than her early hits.
In short: "Family Tree" is pure joy. The playingtime is only 148 minutes so I find the box a little overprized. But it's only a small objection since the artwork and design is so beautiful, and it is obvious that Björk has carefully selected the songs. To add more material would only blur the picture that Björk tries to draw of herself.
So if you have the cash: GO FOR IT!