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This ex-Sugarcube has emerged as not only an international superstar, but one of the most bewitching artists in modern pop. Her new tune It's in Our Hands joins Human Behavior; Big Time Sensuality; Play Dead; Possibly Maybe; All Is Full of Love; Army of Me; Venus As a Boy; Hidden Place; Hunter , and five more!

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Compiled via a fan survey conducted on her Web site, Björk's Greatest Hits eschews presenting the tracks in chronological order, making for a jumbled ride through the vocalist's unique, twisted, and frequently brilliant discography. A few welcome surprises surface, including EP remixes, a rarity (the 1993 David Arnold collaboration "Play Dead"), and the previously unreleased "It's in Our Hands," a clever blip-pop number that would have fit nicely on either 1997's Homogenic or 2001's Vespertine. Starting off with a dreamy remix of "All Is Full of Love," the collection contrasts giddy dance-pop like "Hyperballad" (from the wonderful Post) with the brooding thump of "Army of Me" and Debut's "Human Behaviour," while injecting liberal doses of experimental ballads such as "Joga" and "Pagan Poetry." Some choices will grate on the nerves of purists (the sans strings mix of "Hyperballad"), and it would have been nice to hear something from Selmasongs, but with Björk's incredibly consistent discography to work from, it's impossible to screw up a retrospective compilation such as this. --Matthew Cooke


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  • Audio CD (February 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00006F852
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Damien Bjorn Ruud on November 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Bjork is stubborn. She has admitted as much in many instances during her career. Although this was technically a fan-votes there is a very high probability that she left out It's Oh So Quiet and Violently Happy because they are songs which would probably have insulted her ego and her legacy. But the rest of the songs make up for this gaffe of willfullness.
Heavily influenced by classical music, 11 of these tracks use orchestral instumentation of some type or another, Bjork's music is driven by her unique voice, a selection of programmed beats, and the genre of which she studied as a child.
Here's to another 10 years of creativity. I wonder if there will be another Greatest Hits collection at the end of that epoch?
PS: Don't buy Family Tree. While a effort that appears noble in concept, it is simply not worth the price for what is offerred.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Robert on February 9, 2003
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Pounding beats and refreshing electronica, lovely strings and weird sounds that appear just made for her, these are glimpses of special and hard-to-imitate music the artist known as Bjork writes and performs.
When Bjork Gudmundsdottir stormed the music scene in 1993 with her "Debut" album, she immediately became one of the most unique popular artists. Also her style of singing, pronouncing English words and intonation became instantly recognisable, as it already was, in fact, during her previous years with The Sugarcubes.
With each and each new release, the singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/producer brought something new, which made all of her albums great and unlike one another.
Bjork's fans decided via a website poll which songs should be chosen for this collection. Their selection is truly representative, although her most successful single release, "It's Oh So Quiet", is missing, as are pieces from the "Dancer In The Dark" movie -- of which al least the duet with Thom Yorke "I've Seen It All" would fit here nicely.
Anyway, what's here is top quality. From "Debut", here is her first single ever, the haunting "Human Behavior", danceable "Big Time Sensuality", cosmopolitan "Venus As A Boy" and smash cooperation with David Arnold, "Play Dead" (extra track on later release of "Debut").
"Post", released in 1995, ushered in the menacing, yet memorable "Army of Me" and wistful "Hyperballad". Also "Isobel" and "Possibly Maybe" add colours to the varied palette.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Warren LaBrell on February 28, 2006
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I love Björk, her cool voice and unique music. This CD features all of her biggest selling songs including Human Behavior, Sensuality, and more. She's one of the most innovative artist I've ever heard. My jaw basically dropped when I heard her.All the songs are completly brilliant.Personally, I enjoy her full albums for the overall better flow. However, this proves to be a good mix of most of Bjork's singles and some of her well-known remixes.The singles are great, no doubt about it.Her music is awe inspiring with it's technical and vocalistic wonders. She truly is a one of a kind and few will ever beat or match her! This compilation is very welcomed and features a good portion of what she offers with her talents. I have listened to this cd over and over and will never tire of listening to it! That is one of her amazing facets, you never get tired of listening to her songs because they are so unique and beautiful! Few people make music this bold, maybe Portishead, Spicehouse or Stereolab,but thats about it.There isn't a dud track on the album. Even "It's In Our Hands" which you may be forgiven for thinking was only included to persuade completists to part with their cash despite owning most of the material, is a lovely slice of electronic weirdness of the highest calibre. If you are new to Bjork this is a good place to start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mladen on September 16, 2006
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This is the best of the best of a person I think of as a true artist, one of the few you can find these days. As people say, if you get stuck with Björk, you're not gonna stop, so whoever likes her work is gonna get this album too. I respect her work because she creates music she likes & not the music that global masses are gonna buy. That's the reason the selection for this album was chosen by the fans. Her albums selling in millions worldwide prove that she's not a passing star & that she brings something special to people who appreciate her work & who buy her albums. And those commenting her music as 'for potheads only' prove themselves to be such bad & unthrustworthy advisors who simply shouldn't grade works on such childish impressions. I simply don't believe any of poor comments like those are gonna influence Björk's fans, because she's proven herself an impressive, bold, inovative, brilliant & respected artist ages ago.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LeeLee101 on June 15, 2005
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This C.D. is the ultimate as far as compilations are concerned and I think it's a great introduction to Bjork (after all it's were I began)

If you don't dig this one, this is definately where you should jump-ship because I PROMISE it only gets crazier from here.

-The thing about it is, if you do dig it (which I'm almost certain you will), you'll basically be addicted to whatever Bjork material you can get your hands on :)
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