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Army of Me [UNICEF Charity Record] CD

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B0008F0Y1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Army of me - Interzone - Canada
  2. Army of me - Grisbi - France
  3. Army of Djur - 50hertz feat. Häxor och Porr and Slagsmålsklubben - Sweden
  4. Army of me - The Messengers Of God – Gt. Britain / US
  5. Army of me - Dr Syntax'n'CB Turbo v Rivethead – Gt. Britain
  6. Army of me - Dr. Gunni - Iceland
  7. Army of me - Martin White (Accordion Mix) – Gt. Britain
  8. Army of me - Hemp - France
  9. Army of me - Lunamoth – Gt. Britain / Ireland / Germany
  10. Army of me – Beats Beyond (Bersarinplatz Mix) - Germany
  11. Army of me – Peter Baker (Baker Mix) – Gt. Britain
  12. Army of me - Random – Gt. Britain
  13. Army of me - Atoi - Denmark
  14. Army of me - R.Luvbeats (The Liquid Riot Mix) - New York City
  15. Army of me - Alfredo Lietor (Pink Battle Mash U) - Spain
  16. Army of me - Patrick Wolf (Army Of Klaus Remix) – Gt. Britain
  17. Army of me - Neetoo (Undancing remix) - France
  18. A(r)mour - Liliom - France
  19. Once More - Mikhail Karikis (in CoF Minor) -Greece
  20. Army of me - Tor Bruce - Sweden

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"Army of Me" is a charity record to benefit UNICEF (The United Nations International Emergency Fund). It's as stylistically varied as the song's originator--the officially commissioned remixes incorporate the extreme metal of Canada's Interzone to the Spanish country take of The Messengers of God, via electroclash and accordion interpretations.

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When Björk said she was releasing a charity album with lots of covers and remixes of her Army of Me song, I was a bit dubious. I didn't think it would be very good. But as a huge Björk fan, I went and bought it, as anything with the word Björk on it, I must own.
This album has 20 versions of the song. All the artists sent their tracks through Björk's website, and the best ones were selected to be on this CD. How different can 20 tracks of the same song be? Amazing, they all sound like different songs.
Track 1 is a a heavy rock version of it, by a band called Interzone. They sound like Marilyn Manson, it is probably the best track on the album. Track 2 is a beautful ballad with some lovely vocals by Grisbi. Track 4 is very funny, it's a country and western version of it by The Messenger of God, another great track!
Even the remixes are good, as quite often, remixes can just sound rubbish. There is even an accordion version of Army of me on there. Basically, there is a track for everyone here, I think it covers almost all musical tastes. Whilst you may not like every track on here, any Björk fan should own this, the added bonus is that the money sold from this CD goes to Charity.
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Bjork's album Army of Me is not a usual remix and covers album. First off, it is for charity; the profits will go to Tsunami victims. In addition, the contributors are mostly unknown artists who had to compete and were selected by Bjork out of over 600 participants. So, it is also a kind of talent spotting record and an opportunity for young emerging musicians to show their work. Given that Bjork and Graham Massey chose the artists, it is not surprising that some of the songs are really far removed from Bjork's original 1995 single Army of Me. Both Massey and the Icelandic star have an open ear for originality and invention. So, amongs the rather predictable death metal and techno versions by Interzone, Dr Syntax, Alfredo Lietor and Tor Bruce, there is an accordion gem by Martin White and a voice-only version by Peter Baker. Equally unclassifiable is Lunamoth's free-form harp and voice interpretations, which takes Bjork's poetry to a completely new dimension. The most original of all is the wildly experimental, outlandish post-everything song by Mikhail Karikis which sounds like nothing else you have heard before; it's like an orchestra at war with him growling, marching ahead. A similar sense of expansiveness and passion is also heard in Patrick Wolf's operatic version. Liliom's contribution also stands out. Listen out for those unfamiliar names on the cd - it is for sure that some of these musicians will make it to the top. This is a great album, it's also for charity, go on, buy it!
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HASH(0x893bb450) out of 5 stars A few diamonds in the rough... 2 Jun. 2005
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This album is 20 covers and re-mixes of the same wonderful Bjork song, 'Army of Me.' Bjork did a very generous thing and put her favorite re-mixes and covers from both fans and professional producers alike on this album. According to the Bjork website this is strictly a charity album and proceeds go to UNICEF.

This album is a mixed bag from artists all over the world--France, UK, Canada, US, Sweden--and the results range from wonderful (track 2) to kitschy (tracks 7 & 20) to just plain awful (tracks 1,4,5,18). The majority of the tracks are elrctronica, but my favorite cut on the entire album is a bossa nova version by a French duo called Grisbi.

Hardcore Bjork fans will no doubt pick this tribute to one of her best songs up without a second thought. However, the casual Bjork or electronica fan will definitely want to click on over to Bjork's official website to hear some samples before spending their cash on a mixed bag such as this and may want to skip the album and donate to UNICEF directly.
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