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Selmasongs Drawing Restraint 9. Greatest Hits. Overture 2. Cvalda 3. I've Seen It All 4. Scatterheart 5. In the Musicals 6. New World Total Time In some of the sequences throughout the movie, the prison scenes are interrupted by some "dream sequences" lack of better words by the musical fantasies of the convicted murderer, headed for the gallows pole. These are actually sometimes breathtaking like the group playing on a moving train, a bit like queen a few years before and bring you back to the best stuff of Bjork's Debut album's better songs, which IMHO are still from far her best stuff Despite Bjork's almost insufferable over-acting I think this was her first and last movie roleDancer In The Dark is good film, in spite of the difficult and controversial subject of the death penalty.
As for Bjork's music included on the OSB, it's definitely worth your while to lend an attentive ear, in case you liked her Debut album. After completing the exhausting Homogenic tour Bjork was back in Iceland when she was contacted by director Lars Von Trier. He had seen her in music videos and was floored by her charisma and ability to steal a scene, so he Album) her to be in his next project.
She was interested in the musical challenge but wanted nothing to do with the acting. Von Trier persisted, and eventually Bjork fell in love with the character of Selma and agreed to take the role.
While the film was loved by some and loathed by others, there is no debate that it was a big success. Bjork and Von Trier didn't get along at all, but put their personal differences aside and completed the unique project. Bjork was a natural in this role but found it emotionally overwhelming and vowed not to act again. Selmasongs is thus not a proper studio album but a soundtrack, and a short one at that. The mere 32 minute running time is these days more an EP than a real album.
Despite the odd circumstances which bore these seven tracks, there were some pretty decent songs here. She seemed to be transitioning here from the mixed bag of Homogenic to the more fully realized songwriting she would do on Vespertine.
Selmasongs is somewhere between the two in quality, Album), although the lyrical content this time revolves around the film and not the musings in Bjork's head.
Von Trier even had Bjork redoing some of the work which he found not to his standards, so given the headstrong nature of both it was not surprising that there was tension. On the film's character of Selma There's a great deal of escape from reality in both Selma and me.
I only feel safe and calm when I make music and sing. In a factory setting, all of the noises and clatter of the machines slowly build until they form the song, which is then given grand form in a raucous song and dance number. Life instead is what the individual makes it. It is a prelude to the fantastic leap coming on Vespertine, as Bjork begins with a lullaby and then croons repetitious lines to bass and her electronic snaps and crackles. The song has a laid back trip-hop beat and a vocal melody that attempts to provide some relief for the devastating final scene the audience has just experienced.
I remember how hard it was to force myself to watch the end of this film, and Bjork's music is highly competent at each juncture in helping the viewer feel and understand. It is pretty impressive stuff and moreso if you've seen the film.
For some reason I'll never understand, Bjork chose to leave the desperately emotional "Next to Last Song" off of Album) album. This is the unaccompanied vocal Selma clings to in order to remove herself from her body as she faces the fear of death.
It's also the last words of a mother to her son. If you've seen the film you know how powerful the scene is. Dropping the track was a huge mistake on someone's part. An odd little album, mostly for fans, but still quite good.
They do a competent job on their respective contributions, but it is Bjork who shines here.
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