Family Tree (Björk album)

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Family Tree
Bjork - Family Tree.jpg
Box set by
Released4 November 2002
Length141:09
LabelOne Little Indian
ProducerVarious
Björk chronology
Greatest Hits
(2002)
Family Tree
(2002)
Live Box
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Pitchfork(3.6/10)[4]
Stylus MagazineA−[5]

Family Tree is a boxed set of musical material by Icelandic singer Björk. The set consists of a book of lyrics entitled "Words", five 3-inch compact discs of rare and previously unreleased material, and a regular-sized compact disc of "Greatest Hits" selected by Björk herself. Family Tree was released in November 2002, concurrent with the release of Björk's Greatest Hits album, in which the tracks were selected by her fans.

Information[edit]

The five 3-inch compact discs include: "Roots CD 1", which features songs recorded before Björk's "second solo debut" (i.e. previous to her 1993 album Debut). This compact disc features songs by her previous bands: KUKL, The Elgar Sisters, and The Sugarcubes. "Roots CD 2" features b-sides and alternate versions of album tracks; "Beats", which focuses on both new and old songs with a heavier electronica influence; and finally "Strings", CDs 1 and 2, which feature live and studio recordings of Björk with the Brodsky Quartet through 1999 and 2000.

The artwork on the CD was designed by M/M Paris in collaboration with Icelandic contemporary artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir. The cover consists of a tree with letter on the upper part.

A music video for the song Nature is Ancient, directed by Lynn Fox, was released in November 2002 to promote the compilation, even though the song was originally released in 1997. Originally, it was a B-side to the "Bachelorette" single, but it was later included on Family Tree. A music video for the song, directed by Lynn Fox, was released in November 2002 to promote the compilation, even though the song was originally released in 1997.[6] The video was also released on the compilation Greatest Hits - Volumen 1993–2003.

Björk's notes for the project, as featured on the individual CD artworks, reveal that "Immature" and "My Spine" were initially considered to feature on the compilation, as well as track(s) recorded with British composer John Tavener.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 — Roots
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Síðasta Ég" (performed by the Elgar Sisters)
  • Björk
  • Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson
  • Þór Eldon
3:00
2."Glóra" (performed by the Elgar Sisters)Björk1:42
3."Fuglar" (perforned by KUKL)KUKL3:00
4."Ammæli" (performed by the Sugarcubes)Sugarcubes3:55
5."Mamma" (performed by the Sugarcubes)Sugarcubes2:57
Total length:14:05
Disc 2 — Roots
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Immature"Björk2:53
2."Cover Me"Björk3:07
3."Generous Palmstroke"4:42
4."Jóga" (Strings and Vocals)
4:42
5."Mother Heroic"2:44
Total length:17:28
Disc 3 — Beats
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Modern Things"4:11
2."Karvel"
  • Björk
  • Massey
4:30
3."I Go Humble"
4:47
4."Nature Is Ancient"
  • Björk
  • Bell
3:40
Total length:16:28
Disc 4 — Strings
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Unravel" (with the Brodsky Quartet)
  • Björk
  • Sigsworth
3:38
2."Cover Me" (with the Brodsky Quartet)Björk2:50
3."Possibly Maybe" (with the Brodsky Quartet)Björk4:55
4."The Anchor Song" (with the Brodsky Quartet)Björk3:44
5."Hunter" (with the Brodsky Quartet)Björk4:31
Total length:18:18
Disc 5 — Strings
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All Neon Like" (with the Brodsky Quartet)Björk5:07
2."I've Seen It All" (with the Brodsky Quartet)
5:59
3."Bachelorette" (with the Brodsky Quartet)
  • Björk
  • Sjón
5:09
4."Play Dead" (with the Brodsky Quartet)3:25
Total length:19:00
Disc 6 — Greatest Hits as Chosen by Björk
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Venus as a Boy"Björk4:41
2."Hyperballad"Björk5:23
3."You've Been Flirting Again"Björk2:29
4."Isobel"5:23
5."Jóga"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
5:04
6."Unravel"
  • Björk
  • Sigsworth
3:18
7."Bachelorette"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
5:17
8."All Is Full of Love"Björk4:46
9."Scatterheart"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
  • von Trier
6:39
10."I've Seen It All"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
  • von Trier
5:29
11."Pagan Poetry"Björk5:14
12."It's Not Up to You"Björk5:08
Total length:59:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums 6[7]
France 100[8]
Denmark 39[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review Archived October 24, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Feliciano, Kristina (18 November 2002). ""Family Tree"; "Greatest Hits" Review". Entertainment Weekly: 106. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Pitchfork review". Pitchfork.
  5. ^ Stylus Magazine review Archived January 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-07-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "EDM Music & Dance Albums Chart".
  8. ^ http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?key=36221&cat=a
  9. ^ http://danishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Bj%F6rk&titel=Family+Tree&cat=a

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