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4.0 out of 5 stars Bjork - Greatest Hits, 10 May 2003
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
It’s no mean feat, fusing eccentric musical experimentation with touches of standoffish Scandinavian girliness while still managing to appeal to the masses through a decade-long career. It’s rarer still that Björk, having done all this with what seems relative ease, hadn’t disappeared up her own arse and released a load of electronic wank and titled it ‘Greatest Hits’ just for the irony. As it stands, the tracks from the newly released Greatest Hits album were selected by a fan survey through her website, and so really do represent the People’s Choice.
The album comprises a selection of fifteen songs, spanning all four of the Icelandic singer’s studio albums. They are diverse enough to appeal to a variety of listeners; yet retain within them the distinct sound that the world has come to know as Björk Gudmundsdottir. Although the omission of material from Dancer in the Dark’s Selmasongs and Post’s ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ are questions worth asking, there really isn’t much to complain about in terms of content.
A gorgeous remix of Homogenic’s ‘All is Full of Love’ opens the album in surprisingly gentle style, flowing onto early hits ‘Hyperballad’ and ‘Human Behaviour’ before hitting its stride in the sheer vocal drama of ‘Joga’ and the full-bodied lyrical marvel that is ‘Bachelorette’. ‘Pagan Poetry’, the beautifully obsessive centrepiece of 2001’s Vespertine, follows a sinister sounding ‘Army of Me’ and precedes the bouncy grooves of ‘Big Time Sensuality’.
The second half of the album loses a little momentum, perhaps caused by what is evidently a random track order that manages to lump together four or five sparse electronic tracks at the back. This having said, songs such as ‘Hidden Place’ and ‘Hunter’ do give an accurate presentation of the darker side of Björk that surfaced circa Homogenic, focusing more on sonic landscapes and atmosphere than traditional song structure. The placing of melodic bass-driven rarity ‘Play Dead’ near the end is a welcome change of pace for the album, closing finally with ‘It’s in Our Hands’, a previously unreleased electronic number that would have sat snugly on Vespertine.
It’s nearly impossible to pick out the highlights from an album compiled of highlights, and for anyone not yet introduced to Björk’s near-inhuman larynx and kooky Icelandic charm, the Greatest Hits album is a great place to start.
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