Thursday, July 21, 2005

Sympathetic books and films according to Björk

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Review of Selmasongs

by Mark Burbey

I've started this blog, devoted exclusively to Björk, because she is unquestionably one of the most original musical artists of our time. She remains true to her vision and growth as an artist, while remaining a viable force in commercial music. Her music and her attitudes have influenced countless other artists, and despite her fame, she prefers to avoid the celebrity spotlight.

It's been five years now since DANCER IN THE DARK starring Björk was released in 2000, but with the impending release of her score for Matthew Barney's DRAWING RESTRAINT 9, it's a good time to take a look back at Selmasongs. I was writing reviews for Alternative Press and other music magazines when DANCER IN THE DARK hit the theaters, and. it was my pleasure to review the resulting soundtrack album, composed and performed by Björk. Doing so afforded me the opportunity to view the film at the Mill Valley Film Festival. The film was screened in an extremely comfy theater at Dolby Labs in San Francisco, and proved to be a rather moving experience.

My review of Selmasongs used to be on the Alternative Press website, but it seems like they've cleaned house and there's no longer anything about Björk on their site. Click on the image below for a scan of the review as it
appeared in the magazine.


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