Selmasongs: Dancer In The Dark (2000 Film) Soundtrack
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With that being said I was highly disappointed that it wasn't fully faithful to the movie version of the songs. While I enjoyed hearing Catherine Denueve on 'Cvalde' I would rather have had Peter Stormare's vocals for 'I've Seen It All' and the original version of 'Scatterheart' You'll find some lyric switching between Yorke and Bjork in 'I've Seen It All' and the lyrics for 'Scatterheart' barely resemble that which was sung in the movie.
The greatest tragedy of all with this cd is the omission of 'The Next to Last Song'. A powerful moment in the movie is completely lost on this cd, rendering '107 Steps' and 'A New World' not as powerful as they were in the theater. Don't get me wrong though, you'll still find yourself moved by these tracks, but the moment is not complete without 'The Next to Last Song'.
I can only hope that somewhere down the line a more complete soundtrack will be released or the DVD will offer a music only track. While this is a terrific soundtrack and one that any movie music lover should own, it's not complete.
That said, this is meant to be a review of the CD and not a critical analysis of the artist's musical growth, so lets move on. I must emphasize that this album is best appreciated only if you've actually seen the movie. If you haven't, don't go here. And while its true that Selmasongs is NOT a soundtrack in the real sense of the term (all the songs are studio-sung and barely resemble the songs on the screen), it is also not an EP or a regular album. Once again, our Icelandic diva has managed to triumph over genre and typecasting to create something so new and revolutionary, that it takes your breath away.
1. Overture : The theme to the film is also the tune to 'New World' and 'The Next to last Song'. It opens the movie, in a long drawn sequence that is meant to evoke the sentiment that life is one big open canvas.
2. Cvalda : The equivalent to 'Its Oh so Quiet' but more musically creative. 'Zing boom' becomes 'Clatter Crash', and when Catherine Deneuve steps in to give Bjork a hand with the vocals, you know that this is an instant masterpiece. Using electronica, machinery, and industrial harmonies, Bjork has managed to do what Tricky and Goldie could not - to create the ultimate example of factory-blend alterna.Read more ›
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Bjork is one of the most creative and consistent artists to ever grace this Earth. A new sound due to the task at hand (making a soundtrack), but Bjork's signature sound still... Read morePublished 5 months ago by peter
touching and moving film with Bjork...shot as a drama but there are a few segments as a musical...filmed in Norway makes me want a warm coat and the views of forest and life is... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wesley A. Ornick
Obviously, if you liked the film (I adore it) . . . you need this soundtrack. It's not to everyone's liking but I find it very beautiful.Published 23 months ago by Scott Nishihara
Not like the previous albums in the sense that there is not much in terms of electronica or any form of alternative/rock whatever (not that Bjork is even a real part of the more... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joseph W. Szilagy
Despite the fact that Bjork allegedly got severely depressed during the shooting and her relationship was volatile (said very mildly) with the "enfant terrible" director Lars Von... Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Antonio Robert
the songs I liked in the movie did not seem to be on disc. the songs are too similar for my preferencePublished on May 20, 2013 by bridget bardot
The album is amazing and I haven't even seen the movie; it makes me wanna see it ! It's different from the Bjork studio albums but still keep her uniqueness.Published on April 8, 2012 by Rafael A.
This album is the soundtrack to the movie Bjork made called "Dancer in the Dark". The movie was styled like a musical and was extremely emotional and sad. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
Its 2000 and I just get a new job. They send me to Princeton New Jersey for training. Princeton has Princeton Record Exchange--one of the biggest shops on the east coast. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ