Selmasongs

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
With her idiosyncratic phrasing, sweeping vocals, and intimate whispers, Björk has always possessed a flair for the dramatic. Her last album, 1997's Homogenic, triangulated her unmistakable voice with little more than programmed beats and cinematic strings. Selmasongs is even more cinematic, and not only because the strings are now part of a full orchestra. The album contains songs Björk wrote for Lars von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark. Selma, played by Björk, escapes into dreams inspired by old-fashioned movie musicals. She drifts into song-and-dance sequences keyed to rhythms created from objects within the scenes. But the music is anything but old-fashioned -- ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
With her idiosyncratic phrasing, sweeping vocals, and intimate whispers, Björk has always possessed a flair for the dramatic. Her last album, 1997's Homogenic, triangulated her unmistakable voice with little more than programmed beats and cinematic strings. Selmasongs is even more cinematic, and not only because the strings are now part of a full orchestra. The album contains songs Björk wrote for Lars von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark. Selma, played by Björk, escapes into dreams inspired by old-fashioned movie musicals. She drifts into song-and-dance sequences keyed to rhythms created from objects within the scenes. But the music is anything but old-fashioned -- these are still Björksongs. Set in a factory, "Cvalda" begins with clattering, industrial clanks and hums that coalesce into a swinging techno beat before the orchestra sweetens Björk's vocals with strings and horns; it's a noisy, jumpy, and exciting track that features a cameo from co-star Catherine Deneuve. "I've Seen It All," an intimate ballad about giving up on eyesight, features beats constructed from train-track sounds, and for the version heard on Selmasongs, Radiohead's Thom Yorke duets with Björk. Björk won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as Selma, and she deserves accolades for Selmasongs, too.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer in the Dark is, and is not, a Björk album. While it's filled with rampant creativity, startling emotional leaps, and breathtaking vocals and arrangements, it isn't as playful as her other albums, even 1997's relatively dark Homogenic. Instead, it presents Björk as Selma, her character from Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark: a Czech factory worker who is going blind but finds hope and refuge in the musicals she watches at the cinema. Von Trier wanted to work with Björk after seeing Spike Jonze's musical-inspired video for "It's Oh So Quiet." She acts through the music she composed, performed, and produced with conductor/arranger Vincent Mendoza and her longtime collaborators Mark "Spike" Stent and Mark Bell. Selma's unsinkable optimism and tragic end are telegraphed through songs like the irrepressible, cartoonish "Cvalda" to the sad, starry lullaby "Scatterheart." Selmasongs' best tracks are poignant, inventive expressions of Björk's talent and Selma's daydreams and suffering. "In the Musicals" shows how easy it is for Selma to slip into one of her Technicolor reveries: "There is always someone to catch me," Björk sighs as clouds of strings, harps, and xylophones rise up to meet her. "New World" reprises the simultaneously hopeful and ominous melody of "Overture," adding striking vocals and shuffling, industrial beats that reflect Selma's life in the factory as well as Björk's distinctive style. Selmasongs also succeeds as a soundtrack, sketching in details of Selma's story. "I've Seen It All," a duet with Thom Yorke, captures her stunted romance with a co-worker, while the tense "107 Steps" takes the listener to her journey's end. Intimate and theatrical, innovative and tied to tradition, Selmasongs paints a portrait of a woman losing her sight, but it maintains Björk's unique vision.
Spin Magazine - Ann Powers
..the album is evidence of Bjork's unstoppable growth.

..the album is evidence of Bjork's unstoppable growth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5016958043520
  • Catalog Number: 736893
  • Sales rank: 110,614

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:38)
  2. 2 Cvalda - Catherine Deneuve (4:48)
  3. 3 I've Seen It All - Thom Yorke (5:29)
  4. 4 Scatterheart (6:39)
  5. 5 In the Musicals (4:41)
  6. 6 107 Steps - Siobhan Fallon (2:36)
  7. 7 New World (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Björk Primary Artist, Celeste
Guy Sigsworth Celeste
Thom Yorke Track Performer
Catherine Deneuve Track Performer
Technical Credits
Björk Arranger, Producer
Mark Bell Producer
Guy Sigsworth Arranger
Geoff Foster Engineer
Paul Walton Engineer
Jake Davies Engineer
Björk Gudmundsdottir Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''I just did what I had to do!!!!!!'' Björk and Icelandic Masterpiece

    Dancer In the Dark is now my favourite movie of all time. Björk is a great actress. The music is beautiful. I now have all the Selmasongs stuck in my head! If you like lyrics that are intellectual and music that is unique, you must see the movie and get the soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm new to Bjork, but hooked!

    I've only heard some of her work once before and the sounds haunted me and I had to have her latest CD. I'm totally hooked now and have read everthing about her I possibly can find. I can't wait to see the movie that goes with this CD. Her voice is enchanting and I love the big band feeling. I LOVED ''I've Seen it All.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bjork's STUNNING performance

    After watching the movie ''Dancer in the Dark'', I immediately had to hear the music. The rhythms of the songs, mostly taken from every day items, and the haunting quality of Bjork's voice will send chills up and down your spine. The beautifully sung ''I've Seen It All'', her duet with Thom Yorke of Radiohead will be one of your favorites on the CD, guarenteed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!

    I was a little dubious at the thought of Bjork making movie tunes, but I bought Selmasongs anyway simply because I have to have all-things Bjork. Well, it quickly turned out to be my favorite album. The music is ICNREDIBLE! This is really Bjork at her very best! Can't wait to see the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she is really the best

    i saw the film 2 days ago abd i found it absolutely fantastic. i have only listen to the last album once but it is so powerful that i am going to buy it very soon. to all those who do not know her, just listen to her once and you will love her songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautiful beautiful bjork

    nevermind that the album only has seven songs on it. this music, along with the movie it was made for is something incredible. seeing the film definetly broadens your respect for this album but alone it is still something amazing and breath taking. if you like bjork at all you will love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BJORK IS MAGNIFICENT!!!

    I purchased this CD last week and I absolutely fell for Selmasongs. A few days ago I saw ''Dancer in the Dark'' and it made Selmasongs more meaningful. It is a masterpiece!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bjork is a GENIUS

    I saw this movie 2 days ago and the music jsut got stuck in my head that I ran and bought the soundtrack today on my lunch break. EXCELLENT!! That's all I can say. Buy it. It's amazing what she can do with tool and train sounds. I'm sure she'll win a couple of Oscars soon.

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