SelmaSongs: Music from the Motion Picture Dancer in the Dark Image

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  • Summary: The soundtrack to Lars Von Trier's "Dancer In The Dark" consists of seven tracks from Bjork, who also starred in the film. Includes "I've Seen It All," a duet with Radiohead's Thom Yorke.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
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  1. The music on Selmasongs brings Bjork's penchant for haunting melodies, cinematic imagery and ambient percussion fully to bear.... Though composed for a film, the music is 100-percent Bjork and may well be her best work yet. [12/2000, p.91]
  2. For Bjork, this release marks a development in her craft.... SelmaSongs is a little big brave collection of songs that makes me feel better whenever I listen to it. [#201, p.58]
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    Selmasongs becomes a deeper listen after you've seen Dancer In The Dark.... But even without its proper context, the album is evidence of Bjork's unstoppable growth. [Nov. 2000, p.197]
  4. She may not have written the words, but Björk's emotional investment in songs like 'I've Seen It All' (really sad) and 'Scatterheart' (really really sad) is undeniable; making this album - 'in character' as poor, doomed Selma - totally seductive as A Björk Record.
  5. Selmasongs breaks no new ground whatsoever for the Icelandic composer, instead dwelling in more comfortable regions already mapped by Homogenic.... the record definitely has its great moments. The problem is, there are only two of them.
  6. The most notable feature of Selmasongs is how much it sounds like her most recent musical adventures, regardless of the album's intended cinematiccontext.
  7. A refreshingly old-fashioned orchestral score intercut with rather less appealing jaunts through an atonal avant-garde.

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  1. Oct 14, 2014
    Sounds like heaven. Overture is a flawless symphony. I've Seen it All has one of the most beautiful lyrics I have ever seen, and should have won the Oscar. New World is just... this song makes me speechless. And the other songs are just the perfect combination movie-music. It could not get better. Expand
  2. AndrewF
    Aug 2, 2006
    This is by far my favourite Bjork album, and one of my fave albums of all time. It works much better once you've seen the film, and you associate the heart-wrenching tale with the lovely music. Some of the most depressing music ever made to go with a nihilistic film, but it's a bold and daring artistic statement. Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2010
    The movie made me cry so much at the end and the lyrics and songs on the album are exceptional..."New World" is deffinitely a song i can relate to and love listening to Bjork's music...She's so original and like Lady GaGa, Has her own style and voice that no one else can touch Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2013
    The quintessential bridge between the large beats and emotional outbursts of Homogenic and the internal nebula of Vespertine, Björk portrays a secretive character here who fabricates an astonishing musical in her head. Backed by a full orchestra and beats drawn from samples, Björk as Selma Jezkova soars. the lyrics might be more naturalistic and straightforward than in her other work but very much in-character. Standout tracks: "Overture", "Scatterheart", "New World" Expand
  5. Feb 20, 2012
    A prime example of an Artist embodying the essence of the movie and in pop music. Selma Songs is one of Bjork's best efforts, only hindered by having to engage with the film, which appears to have deduced her lyrical capacity. Expand
  6. jyotirmayad
    Aug 27, 2006
    if you want some cool background music to read the paper to or for napping mood ~ good ... doesn't stand well as an album that would satisfy your need to hear some thing more entertaining except for the song about walls with thom yorke of radiohead fame. Expand
  7. JuliaA
    Nov 21, 2006
    The soundtrack that can stand on its own without being too attached to the movie. who would ever thought the sound of train on railways (I've Seen It All), a broken-alike musicbox scape (Scatterheart), even just shouting numbers of footsteps(107 Steps) would sound so amazing? the reason I don't give this album 9 or 10 would be the amount of songs (the song at the scene where Selma got hanged and few more songs would be nice). Expand

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