All Is Full of Love

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"All Is Full of Love"
Single by Björk
from the album Homogenic
Released November 1, 1998 (Funkstörung)
June 7, 1999
Format CD, DVD, 12"
Genre Trip hop
Length
  • 4:50 (original version)
  • 4:32 (album version)
  • 4:09 (video version)
Label One Little Indian
Writer(s) Björk
Producer(s) Björk, Howie B (album version)
Björk singles chronology
"Alarm Call"
(1998)
"All Is Full of Love"
(1999)
"Hidden Place"
(2001)
Music video
All Is Full of Love on YouTube

"All Is Full of Love" is a song by Björk, released as the fifth and final single from her album Homogenic. The version of the song used in the video is actually the original version of the song, while the version on Homogenic is a remix by Howie B.

It was first released as a dance single by Funkstörung with their remixes in late 1998, but later received a full single and video release in the 1999 summer. The song has been acclaimed ever since its release, with music critics calling it the highlight of the album, and also praised it for Björk's powerful vocals and its instrumentation. The single was an alternative rock hit as well as a dance hit in America. It peaked at #8 on the dance charts. Meanwhile, in the UK, the single peaked at #23. It is the first track on Björk's Greatest Hits album.

The famous music video for the song, directed by Chris Cunningham, depicts the assembling of a robotic Björk and her passionate kissing with another robot. Considered a milestone of computer animation,[1] it has received universal acclaim from critics and has won multiple awards. The video was listed amongst the best music videos of all time by Time,[1] NME[2] and MusicRadar,[3] was placed at the top spot in MTV2's 100 Best Videos Ever,[4] and is on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Composition[edit]

The album version of "All is Full of Love" has a soft pulse, with intervals that build up to an electronic orchestration of industrial beats.[5] Unlike the rest of the album, the song does not have beats, opting to "[create] an intimacy between the growing dynamics of the instrumentation and Bjork's impressive vocal abilities."[6] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly called it a "moony lullaby" and compared it to the music of Enya.[7] In his review for Spin, James Hunter wrote the track is one of the times Björk "dips her toe into the warm lake of tradition" and noted its "rockish minor-key verses traipse off into Björk gospel."[8]

The original mix for "All Is Full of Love" features sounds inspired by machines, and is accompanied by orchestral instruments and clavichord performed by Guy Sigsworth.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Cunningham and featured two intimate robots.

The video won multiple awards, including two MTV Video Music Awards for Breakthrough Video and Best Special Effects. It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video (it lost to Korn's "Freak on a Leash"). It is on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The video also placed in "MTV2's 100 Best Videos Ever" coming in at number 1.[4]

The video starts with a robotic Björk lying on a white platform in the centre of a sterile room being assembled or repaired by mechanical arms in what appears to be a clinic for robots. Even before finishing the assembly, the first Björk robot meets another Björk robot, who joins in the song with her. They start to kiss passionately as machines work on assembling electronics in their backs.[9]

According to the website of Glassworks, the company which did the special effects for Cunningham, SOFTIMAGE and Flame software were used for 3D elements and 2D compositing, respectively.[10] Cunningham had already quite a lot of experience on robot models because of his involvement in early production stages of the then Stanley Kubrick's film A.I. After seeing Cunningham's work on the 1995 film version of Judge Dredd, Kubrick head-hunted Cunningham[11] to design and supervise animatronic tests of the central robot child character in his version of the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Cunningham worked for over a year on A.I., before ending his involvement with the project, after the decision of Kubrick to put the A.I. pre-production on hold, in order to film Eyes Wide Shut.

Contrary to appearances, the two robots in the film were non-working models.[12] When the film I, Robot screened in 2004, some people found the robot design in that movie to be similar to the design of the robots in the video directed by Cunningham — he has not commented.[13]

Track listings[edit]

EU CD[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (Radio mix) – 4:50
  2. "All Is Full of Love" (Radio Strings Mix) – 4:46
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (Guy Sigsworth mix) – 4:22
  4. "All Is Full of Love" (Funkstörung Exclusive mix) – 4:36
  5. "All Is Full of Love" (Plaid mix) – 4:15

US CD[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (video version) – 4:50
  2. "All Is Full of Love" (Funkstörung Exclusive mix) – 4:36
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (Strings) – 4:46
  4. "All Is Full of Love" (album version) – 4:32
  5. "All Is Full of Love" (Plaid mix) – 4:15
  6. "All Is Full of Love" (Guy Sigsworth mix) – 4:22

UK CD1[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" – 4:50
  2. "All Is Full of Love" (Funkstörung Exclusive mix) – 4:36
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (Strings) – 4:46

UK CD2[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (Album version) – 4:32
  2. "All Is Full of Love" (Plaid mix) – 4:15
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (Guy Sigsworth mix) – 4:22

UK DVD[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (Video) – 4:50
  2. "All Is Full of Love" (Funkstörung Exclusive mix) (audio) – 4:36
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (Strings) (audio) – 4:46

12" vinyl record 1[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (μ-ziq 7 minute mix) – 3:51
  2. "All Is Full of Love" (μ-ziq 1 minute mix) – 1:05
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (Funkstörung Exclusive mix) – 4:36

12" vinyl record 2[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (Plaid remix) – 4:15
  2. "All Is Full of Love" (Guy Sigsworth mix) – 4:22

12" White Label MNM 002[edit]

  1. "Björk - All Is Full of Love" (Chris Su remix) - 6:42
  2. "Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now" (SKC remix) - 5:28

Funkstörung 1998 limited CD release[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (In Love With Funkstörung Mix) – 5:29
  2. "This Shit" (Performed by Funkstörung) – 5:01
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (Secondotted by Funkstörung) – 4:37

Funkstörung 1998 12" vinyl record[edit]

  1. "All Is Full of Love" (In Love With Funkstörung Mix) – 5:29
  2. "This Shit" (Performed by Funkstörung) – 5:01

Remixes[edit]

  • Homogenic album version / Howie B 'Choice' mix (4:32)
  • Original mix / Video version / Mark Stent (& Marius Defries) radio mix (4:50)
    • Stigmata (film) and soundtrack version.
    • Note: Marius Defries is only credited on promotional releases and is possibly credited in error.
  • Video Edit (4:10)
    • Actual video-clip mix, edit of Original mix.
  • Radio Strings mix / Strings mix / Mark Stent (& Marius Defries) with added strings (4:48)
    • Note: Marius Defries is only credited on promotional releases and is possibly credited in error.
  • Mark Bell 'All Is Full of Lies' mix (3:25)
  • Funkstörung Exclusive mix (4:36)
  • In Love with Funkstörung (5:29)
  • Secondotted by Funkstörung (4:37)
  • Guy Sigsworth mix (4:22)
  • Plaid mix (4:15)
  • µ-ziq 1 minute mix (1:05)
  • µ-ziq 7 minute mix (3:46)
  • Kid Koala's Hip-Hop Love Songs Medley
  • Chris.Su Drum & Bass remix
  • Brancaccio & Aisher remix
  • Salacious Crumb's remix
  • Osamu M remix
  • Slow To Speak 'Trust' mix
  • Slow to Speak 'Fear' mix
  • Blaze 'Vox' remix
  • Blaze 'Beats' remix

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 8

Cover versions[edit]

The indie/experimental band The Microphones covered the song on their 2001 album Blood.[14]

The indie band Death Cab for Cutie released a cover version of the song on The Stability EP.

The artist Daby Touré released a cover version of the song as a bonus track on "Stereo Spirit" in 2007.

Pau Vallvé made a cover version of this song on his last album 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Duff, Craig (December 26, 2011). "Björk, ‘All Is Full of Love’ (1999) | The 30 All-TIME Best Music Videos". Time. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "100 Greatest Music Videos". NME. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The 30 best music videos of all time". MusicRadar. July 26, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Ta da - Greatest Video Ever (40-1)". MTV Blogs. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  5. ^ Cinqueman, Sal (May 6, 2007). "Björk: Homogenic". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Schroer, Brendan (January 5, 2014). "Review: Björk - Homogenic". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Browne, David (September 26, 1997). "Björk: Homogenic". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hunter, James (October 1997). "Björk: Homogenic (Elektra)". Spin: 135. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Björk ·· All is Full of Love
  10. ^ "Glassworks Archive: Bjork - 'All Is Full Of Love'". Glassworks.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  11. ^ "Dazed & Confused — Interview with Chris Cunningham". Director-file.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. [dead link]
  12. ^ "chris cunningham". Acmi.net.au. 2003-11-12. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  13. ^ "E! News - The Björk-"I, Robot" Connection?". Eonline.com. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  14. ^ http://www.coversproject.com/artist/bjork

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